Lil Wayne has made a number of controversial statements throughout his career when it comes to politics. It seems the rapper isn’t too fond of being drawn into conversations about politics and movements during interviews. After he endorsed incumbent Trump, many wondered where his love of politics came from all of a sudden.
A mere days before the US election was to take place, and much to the Internet’s surprise, Lil Wayne tweeted a picture of himself posing with President Trump on his social media channels. Wayne also took a page from Ice Cube’s playbook and endorsed Trump’s “Platinum Plan.”
“Both campaigns wanted to talk to me about the Contract with Black America,” Ice Cube said during an interview with CNN. “One campaign said, ‘We love what you have, but let’s really dig into after the election. And one campaign said, ‘We love what you have, do you mind talking to us about it?’ And that’s what I did, so I didn’t run to nobody.”
A few days prior, Ice Cube faced heavy backlash for the announcement of his collaboration with Donald Trump on his “Platinum Plan,” which allegedly included initiatives such as “neighborhoods with the highest policing standards” and replacing “failing schools.”
“Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. 🤙🏾”
Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020
The internet went into an uproar at Wayne’s reveal. With the recent certification of ballots in many key states around the country, one can clearly see that while Wayne endorsed his candidate of choice, it wasn’t the candidate that the country deemed the winner. The policies of the Trump administration are soon to be a thing of the past.
One also only has to look to the past to see that Wayne’s stance on controversial Black issues hasn’t really changed over the years. In a resurfaced interview from 2016, Wayne had already seemingly weighed in on where he stood with regards to politics – and Black Lives Matter, an issue which President Trump has struggled with during his 4 years as a one-term President.
Faced with massive uprisings around the country during the past year, Wayne’s comments can be seen as even more controversial now, given the fact that at one point this summer there were uprisings in every state. Uprisings spread around the world, thanks to America’s activists and leaders.
Wayne had little to offer in support, however, even at the beginning of the Trump administration. Wayne disagreed with the fact that people needed to be told that Black lives matter, when asked during a sit down with Nightline.
“I am a young black rich mother***er,” he said. “If that don’t let you know that America understand black MF’ers matter these days, I don’t know what it is.”
Seconds later, he throws his arms up in frustration and says, “I don’t know what you mean, man, don’t come at me with that dumb ass s–t, ma’am. My life matter.”
Then, he looks into the camera, smiles, and jokes, saying, “Especially to my b—–es,” and winks.
When he was asked directly if he felt connected to BLM (the movement), Wayne replied, “If it ain’t got nothin’ to do with me, I ain’t connected to it.”
See the resurfaced interview clip below.
Lil Wayne says he doesn’t feel connected to Black Lives Matter movement. Watch tonight on Nightline at 12:35am ET. pic.twitter.com/28eBGfpSja— Nightline (@Nightline) November 2, 2016