Rapper Jeezy is convinced Lil Wayne feels no connection to the Black Lives Matter movement because he has been a rich superstar since he was a teen.
The Lollipop hitmaker has drawn controversy over recent months for insisting racism in America does not exist, and in a new Nightline interview on Tuesday (01Nov16), he sparked further backlash by declaring he has nothing to do with Black Lives Matter. The racial justice campaign has gained momentum of late as a result of the growing number of African-Americans killed at the hands of white police officers, who, in many cases, have escaped prosecution.
During the controversial TV interview, Wayne was asked about his stance on the issue, to which he replied: "I am a young, black, rich motherf**ker. If that don't let you know that America understands black motherf**kers matter these days, I don't know what it is (sic)."
"I don't feel connected to a d**n thing that ain't got nothin' to do with me (sic)," he added, before cutting short the interview and storming out.
Wayne, 34, has since apologised to anyone he may have offended with his outburst, but Jeezy believes the Louisiana native's point of view is a result of having enjoyed fame and fortune for so long, as he first tasted musical success in his early teens and has remained a force in the hip-hop industry ever since.
"Everybody has their opinion, but at the same time, people just might not understand (where he's coming from)," Jeezy explained on New York radio station Hot 97. "I'm not definitely coming to his defence because he is an adult. He understands what he's doing, (but) people have to understand he's been a superstar so long."
He continued, "(Wayne) might not be connected on that level. It is difficult because he's been rich for a long time. He's been living on his own island for a long time. Maybe it's something he just don't see (sic)."