Epic taking down controversial Lil Wayne song referencing Emmett Till
Looks like Tunechi was tone deaf on this one.
Lil Wayne’s controversial remix of Future’s “Karate Chop” is being pulled by Epic Records, which acknowledged the offensive lyrics concerning murdered civil-rights figure Emmett Till.
“We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s ‘Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics,” Epic said in a statement, the Associated Press reports. “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.”
Here are the lyrics that got Weezy in hot water: “Pop a lot of pain pills/Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that p—y up like Emmett Till.”
Till was murdered in 1955 at the age of 14 after being accused of flirting with a white woman. This supposed flirtation prompted the woman’s husband and half-brother to beat Till up, shoot him in the head, and leave his mutilated body for dead at the bottom of the Tallahatchie River.
When the lyric initially surfaced, representatives and family members of the Till family spoke out against the song, calling it “dishonorable” and “offensive.”
“We found it dishonorable to his name and what his death has meant to us as a people and as a culture,” Airickca Gordon-Taylor, cousin of Emmett Till, told Rap Radar. “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.”