Lil Wayne Issues Apology to Emmett Till’s Family

No doubt feeling shook after watching Rick Ross lose out on all of that Reebok money due to controversial lyrics, Lil Wayne has issued an apology to the family of slain Chicago teenager Emmett Till over what many interpreted as his insensitive lyric on Future’s  “Karate Chop (Remix)”.

Read the full statement after the jump.

Dear Till Family:

As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists.

It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys.

Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue.

I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.

Best,

Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Lil Wayne

While I agree that the Emmett Till simile was crass and maybe even disrespectful, I don’t believe any artist should be forced to change any lyric, ever. I think that when the general public gets to dictate the acceptable parameters of art then we’re starting down a slippery path to outright censorship. That being said, and no matter what finally motivated Wayne to issue this statement, I think acknowledging the family’s feelings on the matter was the right thing to do.

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UPDATE: The Till family responds:

“While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to ‘not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,’ this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned.”

Previously: Future ft. Lil Wayne – Karate Chop Remix (Emmett Till Free Version)


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20 Responses to “Lil Wayne Issues Apology to Emmett Till’s Family”

  1. King James Says:

    Truly Yours 2>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Banger after banger

    Chris Tucker>>>>>>>>>

    #bornsinner

  2. AR-Clip Says:

    Chris Tucker>>>>>>>>>

    ^ that might be the worst song in the ep. King James.
    Kenny lofton>>

  3. rahrahrah Says:

    “While I agree that the Emmett Till simile was crass and maybe even disrespectful, I don’t believe any artist should be forced to change any lyric, ever.”

    Why do people always want to drag side issues in here. He wasn’t forced to do anything. He worships money and so his money was threatened and he caved. That is the extent of his integrity.

    Like someone was going to lock him up. I love apologies that begin with explanations, “What had happened was…”.

  4. King James Says:

    AR-Clip
    0 mins ago
    Chris Tucker>>>>>>>>>

    ^ that might be the worst song in the ep. King James.
    Kenny lofton>>

    ^

    Shit go hard in the whip

  5. King James Says:

    Jeezy went in on Kenny Lofton

  6. AR-Clip Says:

    King James

    AR-Clip 0 mins ago Chris Tucker>>>>>>>>>

    ^ that might be the worst song in the ep. King James. Kenny lofton>>

    ^

    Shit go hard in the whip

    ^ the beat bangs, I just didn’t like his flow on track

  7. Black Says:

    As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.

    ^^^^^

    Lol. I would rather these apologizing niggas to write their own apology. Would be shorter and less eloquent but at least some part of your transparent attempt to save your Mountain Dew/Reebok/whatever bread would be real.

    Ironically nobody would believe the architect of the Emmitt Till line that caused the need for an apology, would write an apology like this…

  8. King James Says:

    Jermaine keeps getting better with the production

    Jake One gave him some heat

  9. AR-Clip Says:

    That Casey Veggies – young niggas” track>>>

  10. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    He worships money and so his money was threatened and he caved. That is the extent of his integrity.

    ^

    took the words right out of my mouth (nhjic)

  11. King James Says:

    Eskay with the write up like it’s 2009 again

  12. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    karate chop still my shit

    slanga . buncha . narcotic

  13. Harlem World Says:

    im more offended at how tra$h lil wayne has become

    dude is tra$h and niccas cosign his music

    30 years old rockin ymcmb clothin, callin himself young money

  14. King James Says:

    Old lady think I’m in the NBA, why can’t a nigga have his MBA?

    I know TS enjoyed that line nh

  15. F YOU PAY ME! Says:

    lol @ hw

    i played the first track of im not a human 2

    piano chords n shit all deep .. im thinkin he bout to go in

    soon as his verse start i was dying

  16. French Kevin Says:

    Lil Wayne bending over backwards for Vivendi and Universal.

    YOUNG DUBOS BAYYYBY

  17. rahrahrah Says:

    Who is up on King Mez? Playskool? You have to check the lyrics to this song.

    rapgenius.com/King-mez-playskool-lyrics

    youtube.com/watch?v=IsdboZ_uG8M

  18. No shots, like sick getting a production credit Says:

    yo rahrah, I never listened off the strength of dudes name, I JUST READ THE BARS,DOPE.Ima have to listen to his shit. Which of his projects is worth a dl?

  19. AFGun Says:

    i believe in freedom of speech and and am fully against censorship, however dont get it twisted, this is anything but that. people sound like broken records these days when they learn a new word like censorship. to make offensive references about someone like Emmett Till in that type of context is down right disrespectful and tasteless. i think that lyric goes far beyond anything rick ross said. i dont even fuck wit the cop, n been bumpin weazy since before most his fans were allowed to listen to hip hop. to allow this type of blatant disrespect and profit from it is a much bigger problem than censorship. to call that art shows how far removed people are from the actual thing. there are actual censorship issues people could focus their time and energy on and defend freedom. the fact that this is the kind of freedom of speech you chose to defend speaks volumes on ur ignorance. some people think because they got a little bit of education, it entitles them to have an opinion superior to others. but like ya boy jigga said, u can pay for school, but u cant buy class. get it together kids.. fight for something worthy of fighting for.

  20. AFGun Says:

    “beat that pussy up like Emmett till”. that implies that he is a pussy. it pokes fun at how brutally he was beaten.

    his intention of course, was to stress the fact that he will pound that pussy so hard that he will murder it. referencing emmett till helps him get that point across quite clearly.

    this is a black dude that was brutally murdered by racist white men. ur giving those white dudes props with this lyric. the family members and supporters of those white guys probably laughed their ass off at that line, while it opened up old wounds for the family of Emmett Till. Wayne himself is a black man so it does not make any sense for him, especially as a father, to say something like that.

    these are the same people who were offended by that LL cool j verse lol

    nobody cares about this line because it offends black people. had that been a blow job reference to 9/11 or something, he would have lost every single endorsement deal he’s ever had and his career would be over so fast that most people wont even get to hear the song.

    don’t just say things for the sake of saying them and actually use ur head sometimes when you guys speak. we all know what freedom of speech and censorship is. dont use that card on this type of shit. there is much more wrong with this picture than some freedom of speech thing.. people should be able to express themselves how they want but the same way, antisemitism and intolerance of a persons sexual preference is not acceptable by society, neither should this.

    people think there is nothing wrong with wayne saying this, yet would b against him dissing gay people. u all know if he dissed gays he would be dropped by everyone. and thats just a preference of your sex life. this is an actual life.

    doesnt that show u how backwards the world u live in is? you people are fucked

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