The video during the filming of which Lil Wayne was seen dancing on a crumpled US flag has been released - without the flag-stepping shot.
According to Lil Wayne "The end of time is, like, an hour away," he sings solemnly at the beginning of the new video to his latest single 'God Bless America.' Bad boy Wayne isn't exactly singing his country's praises in the song, describing the States as "Sweet land of kill 'em all and let 'em die." But what has really stuck in patriots' craw is the viral amateur video showing Wayne stepping/dancing/jumping/walking/whatever on a giant fallen US flag.
Lil Wayne: The Aftermath Of The Stamp.
That Lil Wayne ruffled some feathers with the quickly sensationalised faux pas is an understatement; he received death threats from those who said they hoped the seizure-prone hiphop artist died.
He took to Twitter to defend himself against the angry onslaught of soldiers, veterans and patriotic countrymen, saying "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" but this did little to hold back the avalanche of scorn thundering toward the unsuspecting rap star, with one Twitter saying "As a Veteran and Patriot, you're a disgrace to this great country"
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The freshly released video does show the flag falling behind Wayne to reveal a crowd of motionless onlookers - an homage to Wayne's Afro-American roots - but the shot is too close up to show any of the heavily tattooed rapper's body below his torso and the flag isn't shown on the floor.
The ex-con's contentious lyrics may have raised a few eyebrows but it is it is his big dusty baseball boots shuffling all over the stars and stripes that enraged the patriot masses.
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Speaking of the upbringing that inspired such a vehement lyrical content of some of his tracks, and the dark tone of his 'God Bless America' New Orleans-set video, Wayne (AKA Dwayne Carter) explained via Billboard: "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."
Watch Lil Wayne's 'God Bless America' Video [Warning - Explicit Lyrics]:
'God Bless America' can be found on Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being II which was released in March.