Lil Wayne drew criticism for some comments he made in an Instagram Live session with Fat Joe on Thursday night about the murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis. “We have to stop placing the blame on the whole force and the whole everybody or a certain race or everybody with a badge,” he said during that interview. “We have to actually get into who that person is. And if we want to place the blame on anybody, it should be ourselves for not doing more than what we think we’re doing.”
The following day on his Young Money Radio show for Apple Music, Wayne sat down with Dr. Dre to discuss the protests that have broken out following Floyd’s death. “It felt like that cop had his knee on all of our necks, meaning black men. And yeah, it’s extremely painful,” Dre said during the interview. “It’s extremely painful because it keeps going on. It continues to go on and it’s like, what can we do, or what do we need to do to make this thing stop? What is supposed to happen to make this thing stop? It has to stop.”
They’re supposed to be arrested and convicted of first-degree murder. Point blank, period. And the fucked up part is they’re so brazen with it. Broad daylight, with cameras on. And he’s got his knee on this guy’s neck for that amount of time and he doesn’t give a fuck. His hand is in his pocket, he may as well have been whistling.
It’s baffling but it really feels like something is going to happen now to at least put us in the area where we can start talking about a way to make this thing stop. I think this one could be the one, because I’m seeing white people out there protesting as well, which is a good thing.
Wayne added: “I think they’re fed up. Any decent-hearted human being, I think they’re all fed up. We’re all fed up.”
Here’s the full interview:
During the same show, Lil Wayne released deluxe tracks from his latest album, Funeral.