Emmett Till’s Family Pens Open Letter To Lil Wayne

In a letter sent exclusively to Vibe, the Till family wants Lil Wayne to be held accountable for his lyrics and to think before he speaks. This letter comes a week after Wayne received backlash from his controversial Emmett Till lyrics used in his song “Karate Chop (Remix)”.

Below is an excerpt from the two page letter:

Yesterday marked a week since the “unofficial” release of “Karate Chop~remix” inclusive of your lyrics. The words we speak are powerful enough for preservation of life but also have the capacity to destroy it. When you spit lyrics like “Beat that p—-y up like Emmett Till”, not only are you destroying the preservation and legacy of Emmett Till’s memory and name, but the impact of his murder in black history along with degradation of women.

The tongue possesses power! I could offer you a history lesson and talk about the trailblazers that paved the way for our people and lyricists to engage in freedom of speech such as Marcus Garvey, Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mamie Till Mobley; but this isn’t an argument about freedom of speech. It is critical that we stay true to urgency of the hour… our youth! Your “celebrity” thrusts you into the spotlight affording you the opportunity to embrace your role as a black man, father, friend, and artist that has the ability to reach international audiences. Are you bothered in the least by the staggering statistics of the extinction of our children?

The letter ended with an open invitation for Wayne to right his wrongs, by joining in the efforts to educate others on Till’s legacy. You can read the rest of the letter here.

Even though Epic Records removed the Till verse from its release, do you think Lil Wayne respond personally?

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