Lil Wayne stirred up controversy yesterday (June 17) when behind-the-scenes footage of his upcoming "God Bless Amerika" video hit the Internet.
The one-minute clip shows Lil Wayne rapping before an American flag and surrounded by an assembly of Hollygrove, New Orleans locals. As the flag descends, he takes a step back onto the flag.
The rapper took to Twitter today to say that he didn't intend to step on the flag.
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
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) June 18, 2013
He went on Facebook shortly thereafter to further explain his actions and the song's video. "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 behind the American Flag was the Hoods of America. In the final edit of the video you will see the flag fall to reveal whats behind it but will never see it on the ground," he wrote. "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."
The Cool & Dre-produced song appears on Lil Wayne's album, "I Am Not a Human Being II," which dropped in March and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.