Too much 'purple drank' makes Lil Wayne misspell America

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Music,Gregory Kane

It seems that Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., even though he was born in the United States, doesn't like his country.

Carter is better known as the rapper Lil Wayne. For my money, compared to departed rappers like Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., Carter is a no-talent hack.

But this is America, and if you find enough people to like what you do, you can become rich and famous.

Even if you are a no-talent hack.

So the no-talent hack rapped his way to fame and riches, escaping the poverty of his native New Orleans. And how does he feel about the country that allowed him to rise from poverty to wealth?

Why, he danced on the American flag during a recent video shoot, that's how he feels.

And, in the song, he added these lyrics, just in case the dancing on the flag wasn't clear enough.

"My country 'his of thee/Sweet land of kill 'em all and let 'em die/God bless Amerika/This ole' godless Amerika."

Sounds like the stuff of classic anti-American, America bashers to me. But when the proverbial grits inevitably hit the proverbial fan and Carter came in for criticism, he tried to come up with some bogus, lame explanation.

According to a story on the Fox News web site, Carter had this explanation for his buck dance on the flag.

"It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America. I was shooting a video for a song off my album entitled 'God Bless Amerika.' The clip that surfaced on the Internet was a camera trick clip that revealed behind the American flag was the Hoods of America. In the final edit of the video you will see the flag fall to reveal what is behind it but will never see it on the ground."

In other words, Carter is telling Americans to believe him, and not their lying eyes.

Oh, there's more. In the same Fox News story, Carter also had an explanation for those anti-American lyrics.

"In most people's 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-given 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."

First things first, and this bears repeating: Carter has no "God-given" talent. He's just darned lucky that he lives in a country where droves of music fans have absolutely no taste in rap music.

And, his weak explanations aside, Carter revealed his anti-Americanism in the title of his song, when he spelled America "A-m-e-r-i-k-a."

That spelling has been around for decades. It's used by those that absolutely, positively DETEST the United States of America.

If Carter detests the nation that made him rich and famous, he should come out and say so.

Oh, that's right: He already has. Carter just needs to be more honest about it and not offer lame explanations for his hatred.

This is the second time this year that Carter's lyrics have caused controversy. He had to apologize to the family of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black boy that was lynched in Mississippi back in 1955, for using a vulgar line about Till in one of his songs.

Carter reportedly regularly imbibes "purple drank," a combination of Sprite soda, candy and codeine.

Recent events might lead us to conclude that Carter has imbibed way too much "purple drank" in the year 2013.

GREGORY KANE, Washington Examiner Columnist is Pulitzer nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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