Earlier this week, Lil Wayne caused a stir when he said that he “flat out” doesn’t like New York City, New York, sparking Senator Malcolm A. Smith to demand an apology. After Birdman supported Weezy’s comments, YMCMB artist Busta Rhymes says that he “completely understands” his dislike for the Big Apple, stating that his taste for the city most likely turned sour after he was incarcerated for gun possession.

“I can completely understand why he feels that way,” he told Hot 97’s Angie Martinez. “He did a year in Riker’s Island for something that probably you really wasn’t guilty of, but because you were who you were, you had to eat that.”

He also pointed out his own experience in El Paso, Texas, where he was arrested after a performance several years ago. “Everybody’s entitled to their opinion,” he said. “It don’t mean I don’t like the people there, it don’t mean I don’t like my support, my love, but I don’t like El Paso. My experience in El Paso makes me not like it. I haven’t done another show there since.”

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