V Exclusive: Lil Wayne Disses Tea Party; Says Obama Doesn’t Get Respect Because He Is Black


kmurphy / September 13, 2011

Maybe Lil Wayne has a future as a political commentator. The Young Money superstar, who nearly sold a million copies of his latest album Tha Carter IV in its first week of release (that’s 964,000 copies to be exact), is weighing in on the current Republican Presidential field. And like most Americans who tuned into Monday’s spirited Tea Party debate, Wayne has his own views on the conservative crop headlined by frontrunner Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Michele Bachmann.

When asked about some of the GOP White House hopefuls—who at times have described Social Security as a Ponzi scheme, questioned President Barack Obama’s patriotism, and equated out-of-work Americans and the poor as freeloaders—Wayne says he’s not at all surprised at the far-right’s view of the world. 

“You learn from what the right-wing is doing and you take something from it,” Wayne tells VIBE. “I feel like as a people the most that we can do is better ourselves and learn. Then look at yourself and ask ‘Am I the person they’re talking about or am I not?’ You have to make the most of who you are because the Republicans are never going to like us.”

Wayne added that the right-wings’ at times blatant disrespect of the oval office has more to do with Obama’s racial make-up than his policies. He admits that while he understands the criticism over the President’s handling of the economy, he says some of the talk has gone beyond politics.  “I don’t think I have to say that for everybody to know that,” Wayne says. 

Lil Wayne is set to appear in the upcoming Oct./Nov. issue of VIBE. The outspoken MC recently elaborated on his alleged Jay-Z diss on the venomous track “It’s Good” to Vibe.com, proclaiming that he is not at all concerned about any repercussions from the celebrated Watch The Throne rhymer.—Keith Murphy