Lil Wayne gets tapped by ESPN for his #sportsexpertise all the time, so it looks like Nightline decided the time was right to go to him for some more serious stuff. In a segment that aired Monday night, correspondent Linsey Davis asked Weezy, given the recent comment that there's "no such thing as racism," what he thinks about Black Lives Matter.
"What is it? What...what do you mean?" Wayne asks in the video above, with a squint and a tilt of the head that's either wry or confused. It's almost the same Weezy who gave the most defiant deposition maybe ever.
Davis clarifies: "The idea was that there's this movement called Black Lives Matter, thinking that the rest of America didn't seem to understand that, that black lives matter."
“I...just sounds weird, I don’t know, that you put a name on it," Wayne answers. "It’s not a name, it’s not ‘whatever, whatever,’ it’s somebody got shot by a policeman for a fucked-up reason."
There's a fast camera cut and Weezy's continuing to hold court, saying:
"I am a young, black, rich motherfucker. If that don’t let you know that America understand black motherfuckers matter these days, I don’t know what it is. That man white, he filmin' me. I'm a n---a. I don’t know what you mean, ma'am. Don’t come at me with that dumb ass shit, ma’am. My life matter. Especially to my bitches [cue wink and kissy sound to the camera]. I don't feel connected to a damn thing that ain't got nothin' to do with me. If you do, you crazy as shit. You [pointing to Davis], not the camera. You. Feeling connected to something that ain't got nothin' to do with you. If it ain't got nothin' to do with me, I ain't connected to it."
In the full version of the Nightline segment on Lil Wayne, he proceeds from here by taking a red bandana out of his pocket and explaining, tensely, "I'm connected to this motherfuckin' flag right here. Yes I'm connected, I'm a gangbanger, ma'am. I'm connected."
Earlier in the segment, before he walked out on the note that “I ain’t no fucking politician," Weezy was also asked about his prison memoir, skateboarding (...) and his lyrical content, particularly its misogyny. "If that's what you categorize it under, then so be it," he says. "All those things made me who I am, and I am a very successful man—please keep lookin' out for more, 'cause it's comin', baby."
Damn it, dude.
Update: Lil Wayne told TMZ:
"When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a bitch and a hoe, I got agitated. From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses. Apologies to anyone who was offended."
For the record, the question was whether Wayne would tolerate his daughter being called by the words he often uses in his own songs. He said he would not.