Lil Wayne apologizes for Emmett Till reference
Lil Wayne came under fire after he referenced slain civil rights figure Emmett Till in a song he was featured on. Lil Wayne was featured on Epic Records producer/rapper Future’s ‘Karate Chop’ and on his verse, Wayne used a poor choice of words that referenced Emmett Till.
Soon after the Till family went after Lil Wayne and his endorsers including the soda company Mountain Dew.
It has been months since the release of ‘Karate Chop’ but that has not stopped the family of Emmett Till from pursuing an apology from the rapper.
Now, the Young Money CEO has written a letter of apology to the Till family:
“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.
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Also, Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid has since apologized to the Till family and has had the reference removed from the song. Lil Wayne has come out in support of L.A. Reid.
As for the Till family and what they think, they issued this statement:
“May 1, 2013
We are aware of Lil Wayne’s statement of acknowledgement of our family’s pain and our disapproval of referencing Emmett Till in his lyrical content.
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.
Executive Director, Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation/Till Family Representative”