When news surfaced over the weekend that fugitive terrorist Osama Bin Laden was assassinated at the hands of American soldiers, several recording artists and notable figures offered a variety of opinions using the fast-moving social network Twitter.
One of hip-hop’s most popular and compelling figures, Lil B showed some compassion toward the Bin Laden family on his Twitter account, provoking raised eyebrows and new controversy.
In the tweet B said, “[Just] because they say osama is dead dosent mean thats a good thing osama has family to that probably loves him alot as well – Lil B,” leading to several re-tweets of the star’s controversial words and causing some to decry the rapper.
On Wednesday’s (May 4) edition of “RapFix Live,” Lil B sat with MTV News senior hip-hop writer Rob Markman to discuss the finer points of the tweet, and the Berkeley rapper didn’t flinch under the glare of the hot lights (and Markman’s direct line of questioning).
“First thing, I haven’t been too informed on the Osama Bin Laden situation,” Lil B admitted. “When I like to get information, I like to have 100 percent truth.”
Lil B elaborated in his typical rambling fashion. “Like before I even say something, I like to know what I’m talking about. With Osama, first, I wasn’t looking. I mean, I haven’t really been paying attention to it. I wanted to know what drove Osama Bin Laden to feel this way. Just the person that I am, I like to sometimes take a deep breath and assess before I judge.”
Lil B made his best attempt to explain the impetus of his tweet by saying, “If somebody, and god bless everyone on 9/11, if somebody hurt my family like that for no reason. I don’t know if that was Osama. Whoever is watching this that really knows the truth, I want somebody to tell me what really went on. I can’t celebrate. I don’t support violence at all, I don’t support war.”
Lil B’s upcoming album, I’m Gay, which has sparked its own controversy, is slated for a 2011 release.
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