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Lil Wayne Issues Apology to Emmett Till Family

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To avoid mounting pressure from the Emmett Till estate, Lil Wayne has finally apologized for his ribald verse on Future‘s ‘Karate Chop (Remix).’

In the song, Weezy spits, “Beat the p—y up like Emmett Till,” which infuriated the family and other civil rights leaders. Although Epic Records have pulled the song and apologized, no one from Cash Money Records came forward to say sorry, until now.

This prompted members of Till’s family to start a campaign to have Wayne’s sponsors, particularly Mountain Dew, drop the Young Money leader as their pitchman.

In the letter, Wayne promised not to perform the offending song in public and apologized to the Till family for hurting them with his lyrics.

Read the entire letter below:

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.

Best, Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. Lil Wayne

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