Not this again. Lil Wayne’s “beat that pu**y up like Emmett Till” lyric on his “Karate Chop (Remix)” with Future has caused quite the controversy with Emmett’s family. They were not pleased with the line and recently started a new campaign to get Mountain Dew to end the YMCMB rapper’s sponsorship deal. Is this going to happen every time a prominent rap artist makes a pop culture reference? Either way, today Lil Wayne follows in Rick Ross’ footsteps and issues a formal apology for the lyric as an attempt to save some dollars.
Read the statement 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.
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.