Lil Wayne made headlines earlier this week for a profanity-laced, anti-Black Lives Matter rant that aired in an interview on ABC News' "Nightline" Wednesday night, but apparently the controversial rapper never wanted his brash comments to see the light of day.
In the explosive sit-down, which aired online first, the performer, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, told ABC reporter Lindsey Davis that he doesn't "feel connected" to the Black Lives Matter movement, and called those who do "crazy as s***." He went on to disparage the group, citing the fact that he hasn't ever experienced racism in his own life:
I am a young, black, rich motherf****r. If that don’t let you know that America understand black motherf****rs matter these days, I don’t know what it is. Don’t come at me with that dumb s***, ma’am. My life matter, especially to my b****es.
But according to TMZ, Carter worked tirelessly to keep the interview from being broadcast. His team reportedly sent emails to ABC repeatedly, but received no response and the feature aired on national television anyway. The rapper was apparently so angry about the whole thing that he fired his publicists shortly after the interview premiered.
One source close to Lil Wayne told the gossip site that the rapper became frustrated when Davis asked a question about his daughter, wondering if his explicit lyrics give him pause as a father. Carter suggested the question was not pre-approved, but ABC rejected that, telling TMZ, "When it came to the questions and the topics of the interview nothing was off limits."
Carter first made waves in September for telling Fox Sports host Skip Bayless that he believes there "is no such thing as racism" today, noting his own success as a black man and the fact that so many of his fans are white.