Lil Wayne created a firestorm on social media after a video for the rapper's new single "God Bless Amerika" leaked and it showed images of him stepping on the American flag.
The behind the scenes footage led numerous commenters to question Wayne's patriotism and ridicule his rap skills.
"God Bless America but you have the flag on the ground and stepping all over it? Smh...I'll be looking forward to Magna Carta Holy Grail...Wayne dropped off a long time [ago] anyway," one commenter wrote.
For his part, Lil Wayne denies that any disrespect was intentional.
In a post he published to Facebook Tuesday morning, the rapper wrote:
It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America. I was shooting a video for a song off my album entitled "God Bless Amerika". The clip that surfaced on the Internet was a camera trick clip that revealed that behind the American Flag was the Hoods of America. In the final edit of the video you will see the flag fall to reveal what is behind it but will never see it on the ground.
In most people eyes including my own who were raised in that environment, the Hood is the only America they know and the only America I knew growing up. I was fortunate from my God giving talents to escape the Hood and see the other beautiful places this country has to offer but most people who are born in that environment don't get that chance. That's their view of their America. That was Dwayne M Carter from Hollygrove New Orleans view of America. That's who I'm speaking for in this song."
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