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Lil Wayne on Black Lives Matter: "What is it?"

Rapper Lil Wayne discussed music, performing, his time in prison and even his love of skateboarding with ABC’s Nightline but a short segment on Black Lives Matter has spurred commentary on Twitter.

“What’s your thought on Black Lives Matter?” reporter Linsey Davis asked him.

“What is it?” he responded. “What do you mean?”

After Davis explained the political and social movement, Wayne said, “It just sounds weird that you put a name on it. It’s somebody got shot by a policeman for a (bleeped) up reason.. I am young, black rich (bleep). If that don’t let you know that America understands black lives matter these days, I don’t know what it is. Don’t come at me with that dumb (bleep) ma’am. My life matters, especially to my (bleeps).”

Asked if feels separated from the movement he answered “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothing to do with me. If you do, you’re crazy ..”

The exchange led him to trend on Twitter. Here's a sample of reactions:

Here is a video clip:

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