Lil’ Wayne singlehandedly turned the world upside down after making a disparaging remark about fallen Civil Rights icon Emmett Till.
Till’s family is asking for an apology from the Cash Money rapper for a line he made in Future’ song “Karate Chop,” according to The Associate Press
Lil’ Wayne, who is featured on the track, raps, “Beat that pu**y up like Emmett Till.” Lil’ Wayne can be heard laughing after uttering the line.
Epic Records President personally called the Till family to apologize for the offensive lyric.
“Just ended a conversation with L.A. Reid, CEO of Epic!” Airickca Gordon-Taylor, founding director of Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, wrote on her organization’s Facebook page. “He apologized to me and our family and stated the song is being pulled!!!! ‘Future’ owns the rights to the song so they have the power to pull it. Mr. Reid stated the song was leaked out and he had not heard the lyrics. He is a man of integrity that values our family’s legacy and wouldn’t allow such heinous usage of Emmett Till’s name or dishonor his memory. We have yet to hear from Lil Wayne’s camp and he is the one that said it! It was all I could do to hold back my tears while engaged in conversation. Thank you Mr. Reid for now I can exhale.”
Emmett Louis Till was a 14-year-old African American Chicago teen murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after allegedly whistling at a white woman. The teen was in the Mississippi Delta region visiting family members.
The event took place after Till allegedly showed friends a photograph of himself in an integrated school. Till said he had a white girlfriend to the young boys’ disbelief. Till was dared by some of the local boys to talk to a white woman who was running a store.
A few days later after the incident, the woman’s husband Roy Bryant and half brother J.W. Milam arrived at the teen’s great-uncle’s house and took him to a barn, tortured him and gouged out one of his eyes. They shot the Chicago boy in the head, tied a cotton gin fan around his neck with barbwire and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River. His body was recovered three days later.
Till’s mother Mamie Till held an open casket funeral for the world to see the brutal nature of her son’s murder. Bryant and Milam were brought to trial for Till’s death and later acquitted. A few months later, the two boldly admitted to killing the teen in a magazine interview. Bryant and Milam were protected by double jeopardy, which prevents a defendant from being charged with the same crime after being acquitted.
In a conference call with The Chicago Sun Times, Reid said there was no authorization for the leak.
“This is not the official version,” Reid told The Chicago Sun Times. “We understand the sensitivity of this.”
Lil’ Wayne has yet to address the issue.
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