Senator Smith, N.Y. Will Survive Without Lil’ Wayne’s Love

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New York is a city that seeps in the stench of hot urine, congestion, and inflation. I happen to love the place, but it’s not surprising to find that other folks feel quite differently.  So goes the adage “everything ain’t for everybody.” However, that sentiment doesn’t appear to resonate well with a state senator out of Queens by the name of Malcolm A. Smith (pictured), who held a news conference at Father Duffy Square in Manhattan to express his dismay and demand an apology from rapper Lil’ Wayne over comments he made about New York City.

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This bears repeating: A New York state senator held a news conference to condemn a rapper from New Orleans over remarks he made about N.Y.C.

What compelled Senator Smith to schedule a news conference to tell the world that he found himself “angry,” “taken aback,” and “shocked” after hearing what Lil’ Wayne said?


In an interview with MTV News, Lil’ Wayne said, ”Flat-out: I don’t like New York.”

The horror, y’all, the horror.

A quick Google search could’ve easily explained to Malcolm A. Smith why Lil’ Wayne may not care about “world’s capital city”: There’s his 2007 gun arrest following a N.Y.C. concert that led to his 2010 incarceration. Then you have to factor in that the Young Money Records CEO recently pulled his own artist, the Queens-bred Nicki Minaj, from Hot 97′s Summerjam concert following disparaging remarks made by radio personality Peter Rosenberg about what constitutes as “real hip-hop,” which is supposedly nothing that female fans might enjoy.
But I suppose when you’re oh-so-mad, silly things like reason and research are too great of tasks to bear when engulfed in such a tormented emotional state.

The rapper publicly said he flat-out don’t [sic] like New York. New York City is the birthplace of the hip-hop music movement. Millions of New Yorkers listen to his music every day. His comments outraged his local fans and residents. The group today will be demanding an apology of the hip-hop star.

Smith’s press release added that he will be “joined by members of the hip-hop youth council and tourism officials” to address the matter. At the conference itself, Smith noted that his 19-year-old daughter was a Lil’ Wayne fan. Will her heart go on if Wayne doesn’t offer the city an apology? I would imagine so, but I’m no cardiologist.

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