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.
Lil Wayne