Lil Wayne: ‘I don’t know what racism is’

Rapper also appears to dismiss the Black Lives Matter movement

Lil Wayne has said that he doesn’t know “what racism is” because of an incident when he was younger.

The rapper recently made headlines when he claimed that “there’s no such thing as racism”. Now, speaking to The Associated Press, Wayne detailed a time when he was 12 years old when a police officer “white as snow” saved his life.

“Yeah, he was a cop, and my life was saved by a white man. I don’t know what racism is,” Wayne said, adding: “It’s the world out there. It’s not a certain part or a certain kind or a certain culture or whatever of people, it’s people — those people out there in that crowd”.

He continued: “I’m blessed to have that opportunity, so with that said I can only be honest with such a thing, I have never witnessed racism.”

Elsewhere in an interview with The New York Times, Wayne appeared to dismiss the Black Lives Matters movement, saying: “To even notice what’s going out there — I’m trying to make these words stop popping up in my head, I’m trying to make them rhyme. I’ve got all kind of colour lives mattering up in here — green, all kinds of stuff mattering. I’m trying to make sense of what’s on in this world up in here [points to head].”

Wayne was also asked about new rap artists such as Lil Yachty, Uzi Vert, 21 Savage and Kodak Black. He responded: “I swear to God I didn’t know you were saying people’s names just now, so that should probably answer that question. I just do my own thing.”