As he gears up for the release of two new albums — The Definition and The Meaning — later this month, Layzie Bone has been at the center of some controversy over a track on an recently leaked, unauthorized mixtape in which he appears to have made some controversial remarks regarding President Obama and his current policies on the prison system.
On the track “Doin’ Life,” off a mixtape titled Thug Luv, the rapper spits: “I been lookin at the world from a whole ‘nother angle, since you’ve been gone/ seein’ how penitentiary’s a big business and the President doin’ us wrong.”
Despite how his bars sounds, Layzie tells HipHopDX in a recent interview that the song was dated, and wasn’t meant for Obama at all, but rather former President George Bush.
“I gave [the Thug Luv] to Siccness.net like five years ago, when my brother [Flesh-N-Bone] was locked up. It’s really not enough being done to rehabilitate people coming out,” the rapper explained.
“Obama wasn’t even in office yet. That was directed towards the Bush administration. Flat out.”
When asked about hip-hop’s tendency to “fight the power” and the conflict that may bring with the first black president, Layzie went on to say: “I think we should support any ‘first black’ situation, because he did open up the door for a lot of our issues to be heard that wasn’t heard. Of course, I support him all day. As long as he ain’t doing no Bush sh**. I see more good than I see anything wrong he doing.”
Layzie’s upcoming albums, The Definition and The Meaning, are set to hit stores February 22.