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T.I. On Lil’ Wayne’s Emmett Till Controversy: ‘He Ain’t Mean No Harm’



T.I. came to Lil’ Wayne’s defense over hurtful lyrics said in Future’s song “Karate Chop.”

Lil’ Wayne came under fire after uttering a disparaging line about fallen Civil Rights icon Emmet Till.

In “Karate Chop,” Lil’ Tunechi raps, “Beat the pu**y up like Emmett Till.”

Weezy was subsequently axed from his Mountain Dew endorsement deal with PepsiCo.

During an interview with Hoodrich radio, T.I. said Lil’ Tunechi “ain’t mean no harm in what he said.”

“He was just kicking flav,” T.I.P. said. “You got to really be in our life and of our lifestyle to understand how we can kinda unplug and — be on our own sh*t sometimes.”

PepsiCo said in a statement, “We do not plan any additional work with Lil’ Wayne moving forward. His offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand.”

Sarah Cunningham, a rep for Lil’ Wayne’s record label Young Money released a statement, saying the split was due to “creative differences” and that it was an amicable parting.

“That’s about all I can tell you at this time,” she said.

News of Lil’ Wayne’s firing comes only a day after the “B*tches Love Me” rapper wrote a letter to the Till family apologizing for the offensive line.

“Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner,” he wrote.

“Karate Chop” is not the first song Lil’ Wayne disrespected the slain Chicago teen.

Lil’ Wayne previously disrespected Emmett Till 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 story behind Emmett Till.

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 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.

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