Before Kanye Rapper Little Wayne Shocked the Left
Lil Wayne stirred controversy before Kanye West hit the scene. It’s clear to me that the tour de force in rap music dances to the beat of his own drum.
Lil Wayne started rapping at the age of 8. He later met brothers Bryan and Slim Williams, the founders of Cash Money Records, who were impressed enough with his skills to give him one of their business cards. Ambitious, Wayne continued to call them until they took him under their wing and let him hang around the label’s offices.
Lil Wayne’s first recording for Cash Money Records was True Stories (1993), performing with another skilled rapper, B.G., under the name the BGs. Away from the studios, he was living dangerously. He sold crack for a time, and accidentally shot himself in the chest, according to an article in Rolling Stone. “It was my mom’s gun,” Wayne told the magazine in 2008. “It was like a chopper hit me. But the bullet went straight through, and I bounced back in two weeks.”
In the video, Wayne discusses his first significant encounter with police.
In September of 2016, Wayne created controversy when discussing racism.
As The Guardian reported a month later, Wayne was asked about racism in America when he related the story of “Uncle Bob”:
The rapper was the subject of a backlash last month after he told the Fox Sports 1 show Undisputed that there is “no such thing as racism” because his concert audiences are attended by a lot of white fans. He also said millennials know racism isn’t cool.
When asked to expand on his thoughts, Lil Wayne told the Associated Press that one of the reasons he feels this way is that a white police officer saved his life when he was 12, after he accidentally shot himself in the chest. “Yeah, he was a cop, and my life was saved by a white man. I don’t know what racism is,” Wayne said.
The Grammy-winning rapper said he was lying on the floor when police broke down the door, stepping over his body looking for guns and drugs. But one man stopped and chastised the others for leaving him. “He was white as snow. Them that hopped over me were blacker than me,” Wayne said.
Wayne says the man he called “Uncle Bob” personally took him to the hospital and stayed with him. “[He] stood there and waited until the doctor said ‘He’s gonna make it’.”
Wayne acknowledged that, despite what he said previously, there is such thing as racism. However, he added that when he looks out from the stage, he sees all colours. “It’s the world out there. It’s not a certain part or a certain kind or a certain culture or whatever of people. It’s people. Those people out there in that crowd,” he said.
He added: “I’m blessed to have that opportunity, so with that said, I can only be honest with such a thing, I have never witnessed racism.”
Why didn’t this story get wider coverage?
Because the Left would never promote that a black man from the street, a hard-core rapper doesn’t believe in racism or the nonsense of Black Lives Matter.
Simply put: Lil Wayne doesn’t fit the fake narrative of a racist, black-hating America.