From reported affiliation with former president Donald Trump to polarizing comments on the Black Lives Matter movement and more, Lil Wayne has braced his fair share of public scrutiny over his 20-year career. Hence, his outlook on the ongoing DaBaby drama is one of particular value.
As has been extensively covered, DaBaby (born Jonathan Kirk) is experiencing a wave of backlash after taking to the Rolling Loud Festival stage to impart derogatory remarks about people living with HIV and ‘men who suck d*ck in parking lots.’ As a result, the backlash has been so widespread Kirk has lost endorsement deals and major performance opportunities.
When quizzed on his thoughts on the DaBaby hoopla, Wayne offered a surprising response. Read his comments inside:
Ahead of the kickoff of his Uproar Festival in Los Angeles Friday (August 13), the GRAMMY winner took to the ‘L.A. Times’ to discuss the two-day event and so much more.
When asked about DaBaby, Wayne alleged he was completely unaware of the news or the backlash. He still weighed in on cancel culture at large, however.
“You know how it does. The spotlight on artists and celebrities is absolutely crazy,”he offered in response. “You don’t even have to be a celebrity. Even normal people can feel like they’re wrong because their 200 followers said something. But that’s the power of social media today.”
The power of social media was also addressed when Wayne was quizzed about today’s crop of Rap stars – namely those who rely on Tik Tok or Instagram for notoriety.
“Music lacks some creativity. But I like the real calm, cool flow of Pooh Shiesty. It gives me an old Fabolous vibe. And Polo G, I think he’s real genuine,” Wayne said. But it’s the pace that music’s coming out today, the speed of popularity and how that comes with such minimal product. I remember when my first solo album went platinum and I still was little among the big dogs. I still had a lot to learn and a lot to prove. Whereas nowadays, you just sell a few, get a few follows and it kinda seems like the same success. It was not easy for me. I don’t want to say that it’s easier now, or that it’s easy for them. I just don’t want them to think that it gets any easier.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the 38-year-old spoke brazenly about his reported support of Donald Trump by suggesting he believed his highly publicized meeting with the polarizing politician about ‘criminal justice’ and ‘Black business’ was ‘progress.’
When asked if he felt any heat from fans regarding the meeting, he replied:
‘Nah, not at all.’
Click here to read the full ‘LA Times’ feature.