News: Lil Wayne Ignores The Backlash, Releases “Amerika” Music Video

Monday, Jul 15, 2013 11:45PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Despite receiving ample backlash for appearing to stomp on the American flag during its production, Young Money head Lil Wayne has released the music video for his “God Bless Amerika” track.

While the video has been pulled from most websites, some early write-ups give readers an idea of what the clip has to offer.

Lil Wayne released the video for “God Bless Amerika” on Monday night, a clip full of images of Wayne’s native Hollygrove, New Orleans. The community, still devastated by 2005′s Hurricane Katrina, serves as a poignant reminder of the failures of America’s government to rehabilitate impoverished communities that were damaged by the monstrous storm. The video suggests that it’s not all that hard to draw a line from Kanye West‘s criticism at the time (“George Bush doesn’t care about black people”) to the continued travesty that is the reality of life on the ground in Hollygrove. (Huffington Post)

A few days ago, the clip’s teaser started to make its way across the Internet.

Lil Wayne shows his stars and stripes in the video for “God Bless Amerika,” a cut off his album I Am Not a Human Being II. The Eif Rivera-directed clip was shot in his hometown of New Orleans last month. Weezy sports a “Jesus Saves, I Spend” tank top and Trukfit hat as he performs in front of an American flag on the streets of Hollygrove. (Rap-Up)

Around mid-June, Weezy F. Baby said the whole flag-stomping incident was a misunderstanding.

“I didn’t step on the flag on purpose! It’s a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it’s just there as I perform,” Wayne tweeted Tuesday (June 18). (Lil Wayne’s Twitter)

Details of the eye-catching footage and its context surfaced online June 17.

Lil Wayne trampled the American flag over the weekend … and there’s footage. Weezy performed the stunt while shooting his new music video for “God Bless Amerika” in New Orleans. During the shoot, Wayne begins rapping in front of a giant American flag … which is released to the ground. After it’s on the floor, Wayne continues to rap … while stepping all over the stars and stripes. The lyrics to Wayne’s song are just as controversial … “My country ’tis of thee / Sweet land of kill ‘em all and let ‘em die / God bless Amerika / This ole’ godless Amerika.”

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