Lil Wayne became a trending topic on social media after revealing he doesn’t “feel connected” to the Black Lives Matter movement.
In an interview with ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis that aired Tuesday night on “Nightline,” the rapper made some controversial statements on the movement admitting, "I don't feel connected to a damn thing that ain't got nothin' to do with me.”
Taking a red bandana from his back pocket, Wayne added, "I'm connected to this flag right f---ing here, because I'm connected. I'm a gangbanger now."
The Nightline production team has followed the rapper for several years, including his 8-month stint in prison after a 2007 arrest in New York for illegal gun possession. Wayne turned that time in prison into the memoir “Gone ‘Til November,” where he detailed his life as an inmate at Riker’s island.
"I learned a lot about people. You're all on the same level. You're all going through the same thing. Everybody wants to go home," he said when asked about what he learned from his sentence.
The conversation turned to the national campaign to end police brutality after the reporter wanted to revisit earlier comments he made in a Fox Sports interview saying there is “no such thing as racism.” He doubled down on those statements and added that the name Black Lives Matter “just sounds weird.”
“It's not a name. It's not 'whatever, whatever.' It's somebody got shot by a policeman for a f---ed up reason ... I am a young, black, rich motherf---er. If that don't let you know that America understand black motherf---ers matter these days, I don't know what it is. Don't come at me with that dumb sh--, ma'am. My life matter, especially to my bitches."
Oddly, his newfound disconnect to the movement is a different tune from the comments he made at an August TIDAL concert where he told the crowd, "We are Black America, Black Lives Matter! Clothes don't matter, cars don't matter, nothing else matters 'cuz Black Lives Matter!"
It’s reported that the Young Money rapper walked out of the Nightline interview saying, “I ain’t no f---ing politician.”
In the Fox Sports interview from September, Lil Wayne flip-flopped on the subject of race, admitting he isn’t in touch with the social movement.
Commenting on Colin Kapernick’s National Anthem protest he said, “I’m not into it enough to even give an opinion. Somebody had to tell me why he was doing it. That’s how much I didn’t know what was going on, and I kinda still don’t. Somebody gotta explain to me like, ‘Yo, he kneeling because of Black Lives Matter thing and because’-- that whole wave just went by me too fast for me to give an opinion.”
Living for so many years as a celebrity, Wayne said he felt removed from racism because of the large number of white fans he has, adding, “I would have to say I thought it was over. I still believe it’s over, but, obviously it isn’t.”
Despite his upbringing in New Orleans, a city that has documented racial disparities, and even rapping about the struggles his community faced after Hurricane Katrina in songs like “Georgia Brown” Lil Wayne believes we are living in a “post-racial society.”