Epic Records to Pull ‘Karate Chop’ Remix With Lil Wayne’s Offensive Emmett Till Lyrics
In the wake of the backlash from Lil Wayne's offending lyrics on Future's 'Karate Chop' remix, Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid has apologized to the family of Emmett Till and is pulling the online version of the song.
The remix track features a cameo appearance by Weezy in which he raps, "Pop a lot of pain pills / Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels / Beat that p---- up like Emmett Till."
“We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s ‘Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics," reads a statement from Epic Records, reported by the Associated Press. "Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family and the support of the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized version."
Epic Records will release the original version of 'Karate Chop' but it will not include the vulgar line.
Pulling the online version of the song could prove troublesome, however, since the tune leaked everywhere on the Internet. When we last checked, the song can still be heard on YouTube and other rap blogs.
As we previously reported, Airickca Gordon-Taylor, a spokesperson for the family of Emmett Till, was disturbed and offended by Wayne's lyrics. “I just couldn’t understand how you could compare the gateway of life to the brutality and punishment of death. And I feel as though they have no pride and no dignity as black men,” she said.
Taylor has yet to hear from Lil Wayne about the song. Reps for Cash Money and Young Money Records have not commented on the matter either.