State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, a Democrat, went so far as to call a news conference in Father Duffy Square on Wednesday to denounce Weezy over his remarks, telling the crowd that he was “angry,” “taken aback” and “shocked” by his words.
“I take strong exception to the words ‘I don’t like New York,’” he said before demanding an apology from the rapper. “If you don’t like New York, you don’t have to come to New York. You don’t have to sell your products here. And perhaps we won’t come to your concerts.”
Lil Wayne made the comment to MTV News on Monday evening, saying “Flat out: I don’t like New York,” while attending the launch of his new sneakers line in Las Vegas. His negative feelings may stem from the fact he was arrested after a show in Manhattan in 2007, subsequently pleaded guilty to a weapons charge and spent eight months in Rikers Island prison.
*Rapper Nicki Minaj gave her mentor and tour mate Lil Wayne a lil extra somethin’ on Sunday (March 27), when she treated him to a lapdance during their concert in New York. [Scroll down to watch.]
The artists took their I Am Music II trek to Long Island for the first of two dates at Nassau Coliseum and gave fans an eyeful during Minaj’s set, when she decided against pulling a lucky fan up onstage for her concert stunt – and instead chose to work over Lil’ Wayne.
Before launching into her verse on Sean Kingston’s reggae tune “Letting Go (Dutty Love),” she told the rapper, “You got the big moves, legs open, hands behind your back, mouth shut. Let’s go!”
Wayne fell off his chair as soon as Minaj completed the routine.
The lapdance wasn’t the only surprise at the gig – rapper Busta Rhymes joined Wayne onstage for their parts on the Chris Brown track “Look At Me Now,” although the R&B singer was not present for the performance.
The tour stop marked Wayne’s first live show in New York since leaving the state’s Rikers Island prison last year. He served an eight-month term for a weapons possession charge.
*Rapper Remy Ma will have to serve out her prison sentence for her 2008 murder conviction after authorities at New York’s highest court rejected her latest appeal, reports the New York Post.
The artist, real name Reminisce Smith, was sentenced to eight years in May 2008 after she was found guilty of shooting Makeda Barnes-Joseph in the abdomen during an altercation in July 2007.
She was charged with assault, weapons possession and attempted coercion, but maintained her innocence throughout the trial and immediately appealed the conviction.
After her first attempt failed in 2009, she launched a second one last year. But officials at the Court of Appeals threw out her claims that the presiding judge failed to properly inform jurors before they delivered a guilty verdict.
The ruling means Remy Ma will remain behind bars at New York’s Riker’s Island, where fellow rapper Lil Wayne spent time last year.