Lil Wayne made crude reference to death of Emmett Till on remix that leaked on the net this week. Now his record label, Epic Records, is making “great efforts” to take down a new Future remix with the offensive Lil Wayne verse.
Epic Records has apologized to the family of Emmett Till after Lil Wayne made a crude reference in a leaked track to the 1955 beating death of the 14-year-old boy, The Associated Press reports.
Wayne contributed to a remix of Future’s “Karate Chop” that leaked last weekend and included the lyric, “Beat that pussy up like Emmett Till” – referencing the Chicago teen who was infamously tortured and lynched for allegedly whistling at a white woman while visiting Mississippi in 1955. After Till’s family objected to the line, the Rev. Jesse Jackson contacted Weezy’s management company, the Blueprint Group, on their behalf.
Epic issued a statement yesterday night apologizing for the song: “We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s ‘Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics. Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family . . . we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized version.” The label eventually plans to release a version of the song that “will not include such references.”
According to the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation’s Facebook page, Epic chief L.A. Reid reached out and apologized to the family personally.
A publicist for Lil Wayne says the New Orleans rapper has no comment right now, while neither Jackson nor Till’s family could be reached.
Till’s murder marked a turning point in the civil rights movement. He was beaten, had an eye gouged out and was shot in the head before his body was thrown into the Tallahatchie River, weighted down with a cotton-gin fan tied to him with barbed wire. The two men put on trial, including the husband of the woman Till allegedly whistled at, were acquitted by an all-white jury. When Till’s body was recovered and returned to Chicago, his mother Mamie insisted on having an open casket funeral; pictures of his mutilated body were published across the country, helping to push Southern racism and the civil rights struggle into the public discourse.
Via Hip Hop DX:
While speaking with Dr. Boyce Watkins, Airickca Gordon-Taylor, the founding director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation and cousin of Emmett Till, spoke on behalf of the family of Till. She referred to Lil Wayne’s Emmett Till lyric as being both “dishonorable” and “offensive.”
“To compare his murder and how beaten and how bullied, beatened, and tortured he was to the anatomy of a woman was really very disrespectful,” said Taylor in a video posted on RapRadar.com. “We found it dishonorable to his name and what his death has meant to us as a people and as a culture. It was offensive not only to us, but to our ancestors and to women and to themselves as young, black men. 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.”