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Lil Wayne Isn't the Only Musician Who Hates New York

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Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 3:30 AM

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Lil Wayne envisioning his next flight into LaGuardia
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"I don't like New York," Lil Wayne said earlier this month, following a show he did in the city. His comments came out of his frustration for being arrested and jailed there, he explained. Still, New York State Senator Malcolm Smith promptly held a press conference in Times Square demanding Wayne apologize.

Overreact, much? After all, Wayne is hardly the first artist to speak ill of the Big Apple. Here are five artists who have more eloquently dissed New York in song.

Randy Newman

"I Love L.A." (1983)

Contrary to popular belief, The West Coast-East Coast musical rivalry largely predates the rise of gangsta rap in the '90s. While not the first, perhaps the most blatant shots fired were in Randy Newman's "I Love L.A." Here, Newman goes much further than Wayne, opening the song with (a possible reference to some pointed words about California in the classic showtune "The Lady is a Tramp") "I hate New York City, it's cold and it's damp / and all the people dress like monkeys.

Tweedy Bird Loc

"Fuck the South Bronx Nigga, This is Compton" (1992)

Rap's role in this rivalry began heating up in 1991 when Bronx rapper and grand larcenist Tim Dog recorded "Fuck Compton." The next year, Compton's Tweedy Bird Loc responded with a dis of his own. While turnabout is fair play, it does take a few listens to get past the irony of a rap song having "Fuck the South Bronx" in its title.

Tha Dogg Pound

"New York, New York" (1995)

Another hip-hop assault on the city that never sleeps came from Death Row's Dogg Pound. Using the hook from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "New York New York," the verses themselves don't make any particular mentions or allusions to New York. However, the video's imagery of Snoop kicking down a skyscraper is about as strong of a visual New York dis as you can get. Damn, special effects in music videos ain't what they used to be.

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