MC LMS Weighs In on the Lil Wayne Debacle: "Not Through Threats and Physical Violence but Through Music"
LMS is one of the handful of local MCs whom we like to write about because of their sheer dedication to the game, productivity, sense of community, and in hopes that the locals will awaken to realize the awesome amount of hip-hop that is basically everywhere in South Florida.
While our very own yeyo-addled puppet, Mr. Pepe Billete, already called Lil Wayne out on some shit, LMS is the first of South Florida's hip-hop community to retort musically, and while the result is a sharp-tongued dis to the aptly likened-to-a-Mogwai-after-being-doused-with-water Wayne, the track is a solid jam that delivers on some keen pop-culture humor.
It's wordplay like this that should be noted and revered, not the vomitus afterbirth Mr. Carter continuously pelts his fans with.
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This fresh track (and we mean "fresh," like "just delivered right now" fresh) is produced by Abstract and can be downloaded freely here; a download we ask, as your South Florida neighbor to do immediately so. We had a chance to exchange a few words with LMS and hear his opinions on Lil Wayne and South Florida getting disrespected.
Look out for his upcoming album The Warrior, which drops in March.
LMS - "No Jeggings"
New Times: What can you tell me about the track "No Jeggings"?
LMS: It's a public response to a public response. It is cause and effect. It's one thing if it was someone like Trick Daddy or Uncle Luke making reference to things they don't like about a sports organization and how they conduct themselves. That's a Miami native talking about Miami issues.
Does this go beyond sports?
He's an out-of-towner making public rants and insults about it, getting thousands of people in another city to say "Fuck the Miami Heat" and "Fuck Dwyane." It's not looked at as just being about sports.
It's looked as disrespecting an entire city's hospitality. You're taking kindness for a weakness and taking advantage of people who essentially let you into their home.
How do you feel about his apology on 99 Jamz?
I still feel like he doesn't fully get the point. It's not your place to sit courtside in the Miami Heat's hometown arena, cheering for the other team while trash-talking the Heat, and then saying "Fuck all of you" when they don't want to come over and say "Hi."
I mean, what do you expect? They might be playing a game, but it's also their livelihood, and it's our pride as a city that you're taking shots at, whether directly or indirectly. We didn't grow up with you, but a lot of us have grown up cheering for the Heat.
How do you think this will influence his upcoming record sales?
I wish him all the best in terms of his music career and sales. I'm not in the place to wish ill on any man, especially when I know from personal experience how tough it is to try to make any kind of living in the music industry, let alone a successful one.
But as an MC and a man who calls South Florida his home, I felt it was an obligation to respond in some form, from one rapper to another. He made public displays of disrespect to my home team, so I in turn made a public display of disrespect towards his actions, and did it in a way that all could relate: not through threats and physical violence but through music.
I don't know how he'll do in terms of sales down here at least [laughs]. That's not my place to speak, and there will still be people who will listen to his music regardless of what controversy there is. But as an MC, it's my responsibility to give a voice to the frustrations of those from my hometown, whatever those frustrations may be.
In this case, the people of Miami felt disrespected.