Under pressure from Emmett Till’s family, Lil Wayne has released a formal apology for his offensive lyrics on Future’s “Karate Chop (Remix),” when he rapped [he’ll] “Beat the p—y up like Emmett Till.” The family announced they were demanding that Pepsi-backed company Mountain Dew, currently under fire for this racist commercial, drop Lil Wayne as a spokesperson, saying “People are outraged because they feel that he should apologize to our family.”
Lil Wayne has now delivered that apology with the below open letter:
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.
Lil Wayne acknowledged their pain and paid homage to Emmett Till as a civil rights icon, while being sure to include his role as a father and philanthropist.
What do you think of his apology, Clutchettes?