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May 21, 2013

Lil Wayne Gives Apology To Emmett Till’s Family

Lil Wayne apologizes for Emmett Till reference

Remember when Lil Wayne came under fire for a part of his lyric that people found offensive to Emmett Till and his family? Let’s refresh right quick.

Wayne featured in the song “Karate Chop,” and the lyric that came under fire was “I beat the pussy up like Emmett Till.” Typical of Wayne, or too far? You make the choice, but back in February, people weren’t having it with Tunechi.

The Tills have been trying since then to get the YMCMB rapper to apologize to the family, and now they finally got their formal apology from Weezy.

The apology reads:

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.

Best,

Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Lil Wayne

 

Is this good enough, or should the family seek further action against Lil Wayne? After all, the track is still out there and he’s still banking off of it. Tell us your opinions in the comments.

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