It appears “Karate Chop” was not the first song Lil’ Wayne took a shot at slain Chicago teen Emmett Till.
Lil’ Wayne recently caught fire after making a disparaging remark about the fallen Civil Rights icon in Future’s song ‘Karate Chop.’
In “Karate Chop,” Lil’ Wayne raps, “Beat that pu**y up like Emmett Till.” Lil’ Wayne can be heard laughing after uttering the line.
Lil’ Wayne previously disrespected Emmett Till several years ago in 2007 on “Da Drought 3” mixtape in song “Swizzy.”
In “Swizzy,” Lil’ Wayne raps, “Beat up ya block yeah I get my Emmett Till on.”
These lines are highly offensive given the graphic nature of Emmett Till’s murder.
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 local boys to talk 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 death inevitably kick started the Civil Rights Movement.
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.
The Mamie Till Mobley Foundation was not amused by Lil’ Wayne’s line. The family blasted Lil’ Wayne for the disrespectful line on their Facebook page.
“I need for everyone to call Clear Channel and request the removal of Lil Wayne’s song “Karate Chop” expressing that the lyrics are misogynistic and promote domestic abuse of women in the name of Black People!” Airickca Gordon-Taylor, founding Director of the foundation, wrote. “The lyrics are agregious and dishonor the family of Emmett Till, our ancestors, women and our race! Emmett’s casket might as well have been reopened and Lil Wayne’s indescretion bleeds open the scar of pain our family lives with daily! Please allow our sores of injustice to heal!!
“It is disappointing, dishonorable, and outright disrespectul to our family. The name Emmett Till represents the eruption of a great movement in our hearts as black people and in our country,” Taylor wrote. “Out of respect to our family please remove that portion of your lyrics. His mother Mamie Till Mobley is doing cartwheels in her tomb!!!!!!”
Lil’ Wayne has yet to comment on the backlash surrounding his verse.
Listen to Lil’ Wayne’s ‘Swizzy’ below
Listen to ‘Karate Chop’ Below
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