Lil Wayne has had plenty to be cross about over the past months, but it appears he is finally having a good time playing in front of fans at Flog Gnaw. Nevertheless, these fans are politically upset about a racist incident that happened at the event as well as the election of Donald Trump.
In late July, Lil Wayne walked off stage at a High Times concert because the audience was so apathetic, according to Daily Mail. However, at the Flog Gnaw Carnival on November 12, high-energy Lil Wayne fans flocked to the stage, and one person caught Lil Wayne dancing.
Regardless, Lil Wayne fans came to his Flog Gnaw show with a heavy heart, and most of it was political. According to L.A. Times, “[At a] music festival in urban L.A. headlined by progressive black artists, some fans were left worrying about what the presidential election might portend for young people of color in America.”
For example, after getting hit with a racial slur at the gates of Flog Gnaw, one concert-goer that works as a teacher was paraphrased as saying “the election was already emboldening some people to express racism that has always existed but previously was hidden from public view.”
A 25-year-old Flog Gnaw attendant was quoted as saying that since Trump was elected that she has already seen “a new level of rudeness.”
Some of the performers, like DJ Mustard, talked about the disappointment of the elections, and he stated as such to the audience at Flog Gnaw.
“I know we just went through a letdown, letting that racist… in. But looking out there, I see black, I see white, I see brown. All I see is unity.”
Billboard says that Lil Wayne did get slightly political at Flog Gnaw, but mostly about Birdman. About other politics, the reviewer writes, “In the midst of Lil Wayne’s dismissal of the Black Lives Matter movement, he chose to keep his performance strictly business and about his music.”
Despite this, there are currently no highlights from Flog Gnaw or other online statements from Lil Wayne that talk about the election of Donald Trump. Lil Wayne did, however, take time to thank veterans for their service on Twitter on November 11.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the likely explanation for avoiding politics is that Lil Wayne has stated in the past that, as a celebrity, he cannot really speak about politics because he does not have similar experiences to regular Americans.
Lil Wayne has repeatedly stated that he is not political, and does not necessarily have the same life experiences as other people. Lil Wayne recently did not give his views about Black Lives Matter, and WPXI quotes him stating the following about his comments.
“When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a (expletive) and a (expletive), I got agitated. From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses. Apologies to anyone who was offended.”
Regardless, Lil Wayne is unlikely to be for or against Trump politically, and there is still no word if Lil Wayne regrets including Trump in his lyrics. For example, GQ recently wrote that “Trump was an [inspirational] figure to rappers including Nas and Lil Wayne, who dropped his name as a synonym for wealth and swagger.”
Alternatively, Trump definitely has an opinion about Lil Wayne and all rappers. At a rally on November 7, Trump said the following in Sarasota Florida, according to Hip Hop DX.
“The language is so bad and as they were singing — singing right? Was it talking or singing? Right? But the language was so bad.”
While Lil Wayne and Trump may not see each other as having much in common besides a life of wealth, The Root says that the social content producer on their staff is “just waiting for the moment when Lil Wayne unzips his skin and reveals that he is, in fact, Donald Trump.”
No matter what happens in politics or the celebrity world, Lil Wayne’s daughter has his back. Oxygen writes that Lil Wayne’s daughter, Reginae Carter, stated on Instagram that T.I. should “not come for” her mother Toya Wright, or her father, Lil Wayne.
Furthermore, Reginae Carter, 17, stated “just point blank period” which insinuated that T.I. needed to back off for good.
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