By Miranda Johnson with reporting by Rahman Dukes
Although Lil Wayne was attacked after openly expressing his disdain for NYC, New York-bred rapper French Montana seems to be a little more understanding of the YMCMB MC’s feelings when it comes to traveling.
“I mean if I was to go to New Orleans and catch a gun charge, I think there might be a point in time when I get sick and tired, and be like man I hate New Orleans,” explained French Montana. “It might not mean I hate the people, it’s that’s what I hate. Sometimes you might be like I hate Jamaican food, I’m not saying I hate Jamaicans. I think it go like that and I think that’s why nobody really got at him yet for saying that.”
After catching a gun charge back in 2007 and dealing with the backlash from Nicki Minaj’s canceled Summer Jam performance, one could agree that Wayne and NYC have had a bit of a troubled past. Still, with all that’s happened with the YMCMB leader in the empire state, NY State Senator Malcolm Smith wasn’t so understanding.
Holding a press conference immediately following Lil Wayne’s statement, Smith didn’t feel Weezy’s actions were the least bit justifiable. “New York City is the birthplace of the Hip Hop music movement,” Smith said in a statement issued from his office to MTV News this summer. “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.
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