"Flat out, I don't like New York," Lil Wayne testified Monday night—unsurprising, considering Wayne's history with the city, having been arrested after a show in Manhattan half a decade ago, eventually spending two-thirds of a year at Rikers Island penitentiary. Wayne has long been reluctant to perform in the Big Apple, once saying he'd have to be paid "U2 Money" to contemplate doing so—though he did appear at Nicki Minaj's NY concert over the weekend as part of the label's make-up for canceling their Summer Jam gig some months back.
Anyway, one NY politician is sick of all the dissin'. State Senator Malcolm A. Smith has had enough with Weezy's Big Apple-bashing, and now demands that the rapper make reparations if he wants to continue selling records and concert tickets in the City That Never Sleeps, saying that he "take[s] strong exception to the phrase 'I Don't Like New York'...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.”
Smith, who actually held a press conference to decry Wayne's anti-NY comments, boasted that he hails from "a little small place in New York City called Hollis, Queens, which is essentially the home and the origin of hip-hop," and that his daughter is a fan of the New Orleans rapper. “New Yorkers are forgiving people,” he said. “We’re prepared to forgive Lil Wayne if in fact he makes a sincere apology.”
Much as we love the idea of politicians calling press conferences to talk about off-hand comments made by rappers to MTV—hey State Senator Smith, do you think Peter Rosenberg was justified in calling out "Starships" at Summer Jam?—with the elections coming up, we can't help but wonder if there are maybe more pressing matters to be discussed in public forum right now. If not, though, we look forward to hearing Smith's take on Dedication 4.