Lil Wayne

In an X-rated song, 29-year-old Rapper Lil Wayne’s “Cashed Out” mocks Mitt Romney at the beginning of the song, “It’s another election year upon us; these last four years have been good for me. A couple different bank accounts, some here, some offshore, they call me Mitch Romney.”

Lil Wayne has become part of a longer list of rappers supporting President Obama: Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Common, Nas, Dr. Dre, and Ice-T who also claimed that “rap put Obama in the presidency … If it wasn’t for rap, white people wouldn’t have been so open to vote for somebody like Barack Obama.”

President Barack Obama has referred Lil Wayne in at least two public speeches.

In a general election campaign town hall speech in Georgia, then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama, speaking to children, said “You are probably not that good a rapper. Maybe you are the next Lil Wayne, but probably not, in which case you need to stay in school.”

On another occassion, President Obama said, “They might think they’ve got a pretty jump shot or a pretty good flow, but our kids can’t all aspire to be LeBron or Lil Wayne. I want them aspiring to be scientists and engineers, doctors and teachers, not just ballers and rappers. I want them aspiring to be a Supreme Court justice. I want them aspiring to be President of the United States of America.”

Back in 2010 when speaking with Rolling Stone magazine, President Obama also said that he has Lil Wayne in his iPod: “My rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff.”


Lil Wayne’s Arrests

• In 2007, Lil Wayne was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana.
• On January 23, 2008, Lil Wayne was arrested after his tour bus was stopped by Border Patrol agents near Yuma, Arizona. Recovered was marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and $22,000 in cash. Lil Wayne was charged with four felonies: possession of narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He eventually pled guilty and was sentenced to 36 months of probation.
• In 2010, Lil Wayne served 8 months for a weapons charge at Rikers Island.

We wonder if Lil Wayne Is Aware of the Following

While Lil Wayne has done well financially (and good for him) these last four years, what about the rest of the African-American community?

• As of June, the African-American unemployment rate is a staggering 14.4% (was 11.9% Dec 2008), with Latinos and Hispanics having an unemployment rate of about 11.0% (was 9.2% Dec 2008), while the unemployment rate for whites is 7.4% (was 6.6% Dec 2008).
• From 2009 through 2011, black minimum wage workers swelled 16.6%, while whites had only 5.2% more minimum wage workers. ((source)
• Foreclosure rates in 2011 for African-Americans was 9.8% versus 5.0% for whites, or almost double.