State Sen. Malcolm Smith wants Lil Wayne to apologize for dissing NYC

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Aug. 23, 2012 at 4:21 PM   |   Comments

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Aug. 23 (UPI) -- "Flat out, I don't like New York," New Orleans-born rapper Lil Wayne said in an interview with MTV on Monday.

Considering that he spent eight months at New York's Rikers Island prison on weapons charges, it's easy to see why the rapper might not have many fond memories of the Big Apple.

But Democratic State Sen. Malcolm Smith (who might make a bid for mayor as a Republican) has asked the hip hop star to apologize.

"Here's my response to Lil Wayne. You don't like New York, you don't have to come to New York. You don't have to sell your projects here, and perhaps, we won't come to your concerts," Smith said in a Wednesday press conference in Times Square.

Flanked by young men wearing the city's iconic "I Love NY" t-shirts, Smith referenced two other musicians, both of whom were famously in love with the politician's hometown.

"Anecdotally or not, he's also insulted the memory of Frank Sinata. And he's also insulted Jay-Z -- both have made endearing songs about New York," Smith said.

According to the New York Times, Smith said he felt compelled to challenge Lil Wayne because his district, Hollis, Queens, "is essentially the home and the origin of hip-hop."

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