Lil Wayne has added some context to his controversial thoughts regarding police brutality issues. 🤐
On a recent episode of his Beats 1 Young Money Radio Show, Weezy recounted the familiar story of how he shot himself when he was 12 years old to give listeners extra insight on his perspective on cops.
"My life was saved when I was young," Weezy explained. "I was like 12 or something. Shot myself. I was saved by a white cop – Uncle Bob. So, therefore, you have to understand the way I view police, period. I was saved by a white cop.
"There was a bunch of black cops that jumped over me when they saw me at that door laying on that floor with that hole in my chest. He refused to."
Beyond "Uncle Bob," whose real name is Deputy Robert Hoobler, Wayne went on to talk about the "Jump Out Boys," a nickname given to authorities around his Hollygrove neighborhood in New Orleans due to their over-aggressive policing tactics.
"So many of them jump out," he recalled. "They ain't coming running after you to ask you, 'What's your name? How you doing? And how's your day?'"
Looking at these opposing experiences with police, Weezy urged his fans not to "judge" him or others for having different feelings.
"Understand that I go through situations, too," he said. "We all got our situations. Don't judge no one for no reason. Don't judge. Do you. Do you. Help out in any way that you can. We can only win it together."
Near the time protests against the murder of George Floyd gained momentum in late May, Wayne found himself the subject of intense backlash when he suggested that people should "place the blame" on themselves for not doing more to curb police brutality.
"We have to stop viewing it with such a broad view, meaning 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 told Fat Joe on Instagram Live.
"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."
Actor Lakeith Stanfield was one of many to respond to Wayne's unfavorable opinion. "Wayne stfu," he wrote in a since-deleted IG post.