*Lil Wayne has sparked controversy after behind-the-scenes footage from his video for new single “God Bless Amerika” leaked on Monday (June 17) – and showed him stepping all over the American flag. [Scroll down to watch.]
Shot in his hometown of New Orleans, the footage shows Weezy singing in front of the Stars and Stripes, surrounded by a crowd of people from his former neighborhood in Hollygrove. As the flag falls to the ground, the rapper dances across it, a stab in the heart to U.S. Flag Code.
The rapper tweeted this morning that the scene was not meant to be disrespectful.
“I didn’t step on the flag on purpose! It’s a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it’s just there as I perform,” he wrote.
The single, produced by Cool & Dre, appears on Wayne’s newest album, “I Am Not a Human Being II,” which dropped in March and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The track features the lyrics, “My country, ’tis of thee/Sweet land of kill ‘em all and let ‘em die/So god bless America, this godless America.”
Watch the behind-the-scenes footage below.
The video isn’t the first time the rapper has come into hot water for getting “political.” His track “Georgia…Bush” heavily criticized the Bush administration for its efforts overseas and in Hurricane Katrina relief. More recently, Wayne lost his endorsement with PepsiCo after his lyrics on Future’s “Karate Chop” remix were deemed insensitive towards civil rights icon Emmett Till.
BTW: The United States Flag Code establishes advisory rules for display and care of the U.S. flag. Although it’s a U.S. federal law, there is no penalty for failure to comply with it. Listed among the code’s standards of respect is the line: “The flag should never be stepped on.”
*Just days after his release from a Los Angeles hospital following a seizure scare, Lil Wayne took to video with a message for his fans.
In the clip shot by Wayne’s friend and director DJ Scoob Doo and posted on TMZ early this morning, Weezy assured his fans that he’s feeling just fine and is not only prepping for Tuesday’s release of his “I Am Not A Human Being II” album, but is also gearing up for an all-star summer tour.
“I just want to say thank you to all ya’ll for ya’ll prayers and your concerns and all that,” said Wayne, who appeared to be sitting in a hotel room in the 90-second clip. “I swear to God I felt that love when I was laid up in that mother—-in’ hospital bed. I want all ya’ll to know that I’m good … more than good.”
Wayne also teased his rumored all-star summer tour. “Also I’m still going on tour, America’s Most Wanted,” he said, confirming that he’s gearing up for another edition of the outing. “Some of my closest friends in the game [will be joining me].”
He then brought out T.I., who took a seat right next to Weezy and said, “I’m good, we good. It’s all good.” Tip confirmed that the tour is launching on July 5, suggesting that he will be alongside the Young Money kingpin on the road. An official announcement about the tour has not yet been released.
“Get you some barbecue on the 4th and holla at us on the 5th,” said Tip.
“Kiss my fist,” Wayne said as he got up to leave. “I’m more than good. But thank you for real. Thank you to all ya’ll out there for your prayers. I’m more than good. I swear to God, thank you.”
Rapper Lil Wayne watches the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic at Georgia Dome on Nov. 13, 2012 in Atlanta
*Lil Wayne is currently working on his 10th solo album, “I Am Not a Human Being II,” but his 11th studio offering, to be titled “Tha Carter V,” will be his last, the rapper told MTV.
On Wednesday, Weezy premiered his new “No Worries” video alongside correspondent Sway Calloway. [Watch below.] When Sway asked about the sonic makeup of “Human Being II,” the rapper compared the work to what should be the next chapter in his most famous musical franchise. “It’s like a Carter V,” he said.
So why not just retitle Human “Being II” to fit the mood? “Because I know y’all want me around for a little bit, and ‘Carter V’ is my last album,” Weezy revealed. “Man, I’ve been rappin’ since I was 8 years old. I’m 30 now, man. That’s a long time, man.”
“Human Being II” will be released on Feb. 19, and after that, it’s unclear when “Tha Carter V” will come or if there will be another album between the two? What’s clear is that Wayne has other interests outside the studio, most notably his love for skateboarding and his new TrukFit clothing line. “When I love to do something, I’m fully focused on it and it only. And music sometimes is not that ‘it,’ ” he said.
“I signed my contract at 11, I went platinum at 14. I’m 30 now. Thank God I haven’t put out an album that hasn’t went platinum,” he said. “To just keep it goin’ like that, I think not only am I being greedy, I’m fooling myself to think that it will continue to be that great.”
Rapper Lil Wayne, aka ‘Weezy’, goes shirtless as he leaves the grand opening of the “Trukstop” community skatepark in the ‘Lower 9th Ward’ in New Orleans.(Sept. 26, 2012)
*Lil Wayne is recovering this morning after an in-flight medical scare on Thursday afternoon that forced the rapper’s plane to make an emergency landing in Texas.
After Weezy had suffered from seizure-like symptoms on a private jet, the craft landed in an undisclosed location in Texas, according to TMZ. From there, he was rushed to a local hospital and treated for several hours before being released around 6 p.m. local time.
A rep for the Young Money leader had no comment about the incident. At press time, further information about his condition was not released and it’s unclear what the rapper was being treated for. However, sources close to the MC tell TMZ that he is now “doing better.”
Lil Wayne is currently prepping the release of his 10th solo album “I Am Not a Human Being II,” which is set for release in December. He’s worked on track with Kanye West, and nearly 100 tracks with legendary rapper, producer and mogul Dr. Dre.
“I’ve always worked with Dre,” Wayne told MTV in Las Vegas last week. “I’m not sure if you guys know how Dre works. Dre always send you a song, so I done probably did like 90 songs for Dre. You just never know which one he gonna put out.”