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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:07 am, Thu Sep 6, 2012.

Apparently rapper Lil Wayne, 29, is not in a New York state of mind. The hip-hop star, who boasts a net worth of $85 million, said he doesn’t like the Big Apple and now state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) wants an apology.

Smith was joined by members of the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council and tourism officials at a press conference on Aug. 22 in Times Square to denounce the remarks made by the Louisiana native.

The lawmaker noted how numerous famous rappers have hailed from Southeast Queens, including LL Cool J, 50 Cent and Nicki Minaj. Smith said Lil Wayne’s comments have outraged both fans and residents, and that they are an insult to rapper Jay Z and the memory of singer Frank Sinatra, both of whom have made endearing songs about New York.

“It’s very simple,” Smith said. “If you don’t like New York, you don’t have to come to New York and sell your products here, and perhaps we won’t come to your concerts.”

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