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Lil’ Wayne Releases ‘Amerika’ Video; Trayvon Martin Anthem?

Lil' Wayne releases his latest video for the song 'Amerika.'

Lil’ Wayne releases his latest video for the song ‘Amerika.’

Lil’ Wayne released the video for his controversial song “God Bless Amerika,” a reflection on the travesty of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. But it could easily be an anthem for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old youth slain in Florida.

The Martin case has galvanized America because he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who stalked and confronted him thinking he was a “suspect” in several neighborhood burglaries.

Zimmerman who was armed, was acting as a neighborhood watch captain and was acquitted of the shooting over the weekend.

Wayne sings about the injustices facing African-Americans. The video was also controversial because Wayne was filmed stepping on an American flag during production of the clip. But he later said it was an accident. The scene doesn’t appear in the final cut.

The video, helmed by Eif Rivera, was shot in the Hollygrove neighborhood in New Orleans where Wayne grew up. It opens with Wayne standing in front of the flag. The flag eventually drops, but it’s not shown on the ground.

The neighborhood, which was ravished by the category 5 hurricane, still looks like a battle zone. The video repeatedly cuts to an abandoned house with the words “They don’t care.”

The Bush administration was sharply criticized for its failure to respond quickly or with enough aid to help New Orleans residents forced to evacuate their homes by high water. Eight years later, much of the damage still remains.

Many of the neighborhood’s residents appear in the video. Check out the video below and follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest music updates.


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