Lil Wayne to get not-so-patriotic with “God Bless Amerika” video

June 24, 2013
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It’s hard to know what to expect from the upcoming release of rapper Lil Wayne’s “God Bless Amerika” music video – but if the behind-the-scenes footage is any indication, it’s likely to stir up some controversy.

Pictures taken on-site of the Hollygrove, New Orleans set (the same place Lil Wayne grew up) show the rapper standing in front of an enormous American flag, clutching a microphone. The flag is later depicted as falling to reveal a large group of Louisiana residents, upon which Wayne promptly begins trampling the flag. Such images have caused a whirlwind of buzz across the web, where music listeners worldwide have been weighing in with their verdict of Weezy’s actions – and almost all have been in agreement that it was blatantly disrespectful and unpatriotic.

To add to the controversy of the scene, the pictures taken at the video shoot showcase Wayne sporting a t-shirt reading “Jesus Saves, I Spend”.

Details as to the story behind the video are currently unclear, but if the single’s lyrics are any indication, the controversy is only bound to get deeper. Singing “My country ‘tis of thee / Sweet land of kill ‘em all and let ‘em die / God bless Amerika / This so godless Amerika’, it is clear that Weezy is making a very bold statement.

The question remains what other lengths will be reached in the video’s upcoming release in order to get this statement across?

 

-Shelley DeHekker

@shelleydehekker

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