While participating in a press conference as a part of the "We Are the World" benefit song for Haiti, rapper Lil Wayne ended his Q&A session with a startling statement.
"I think its amazing what's being done for Haiti," a noticeably sober Wayne said as he got up to leave the press tent. "But I also think its amazing what hasn't been done for New Orleans. Thank you." (A random journalist is heard saying "good point" at the end of the clip.)
One could argue about the timing of Weezy's comment, but the message itself would be overlooked. While there have been plenty of similarities between the earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12 and 2005's Hurricane Katrina, there's one stark contrast between the two natural disasters: the response time.
On the other hand, the facts are debatable despite Wayne's heartfelt statement. Michael Hecht, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Inc., told MTV.com that since the initial failure to respond, the city has received "tens of billions" of dollars to help with the rebuilding. The actual figure given by the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center is $120.5 billion.
It's not Lil Wayne's first time speaking out on the devastation suffered by his city. The song, "Tie My Hands," off of the rapper's double platinum album Tha Carter III was inspired by Katrina. He performed it at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
What say ye, Atlanta? Was Weezy right or off his rocker?
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