Most people acquainted with New Orleans rapper, Lil Wayne, and former presidential nominee and MSNBC commentator, Rev. Al Sharpton, know that the two aren't exactly pals. In one of the stranger moves for Weezy (and we know that's saying a lot), Newsday is reporting that the rapper's label Cash Money Records is set to release an upcoming book title by Sharpton.
The book will be titled The Rejected Stone and chronicles Sharpton's "personal evolution." It will follow the reverend's moves from his early days as an activist in NYC to his political aspirations to his current standing as a civil rights spokesman and news pundit. The book will also supposedly address his feelings on many current rappers, including Wayne.
We are really itching to find out exactly what the book has to say about Wayne; if it's anything like the public feuds the two have already had it could be pretty bad. Wayne's feelings on the subject of Al Sharpton can most easily be summed up by listening to "Misunderstood" off Tha Carter III:
“You see, you are no MLK, you are no Jesse Jackson // You are nobody, to me // You’re just another Don King, with a perm // Hahaha just a little more political // And that just means you’re a little unhuman, than us humans // And now let me be human by saying // F-ck Al Sharpton and anyone like him”
Sharpton then quickly issued a response after the song was released stating:
“While some of the rappers don’t like the fact that Rev. Sharpton has been leading marches against the use of the N, B, H words and NAN’s stance against the degradation of women in music, a Gallup poll released last week revealed that Rev. Sharpton has a 50% approval rate among African Americans. So why dignify a response to one rap artist who doesn’t even say anything substantive?”
So, I think you will now excuse us for scratching our heads so vigorously upon hearing the news of this recent collab.
When asked about the Wayne pairing, Sharpton told the AP:
"Just because we disagree doesn't mean we have to be disagreeable."
No word on the project from Camp Weezy. But could this have more to do with an image overhaul after the very publicized loss of Wayne's Mountain Dew sponsorship than a true-blue kumbaya moment?