We've always known Lil' Wayne to be controversial, but he has taken it a bit too far this time!
The rapper was recently featured on Future's Karate Chop remix, which was all fine and dandy until we heard the rapper spew an offensive reference to African-American hero Emmett Till.
Lil's lyrics were so degrading that Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid apologized to the 1955 Jim Crow South victim's family himself and promised to remove all traces of the song from the internet.
Epic Records said in a formal apology:
"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 and the support of the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized version."
An organization named after Emmett's mother, Mamie Till Mobley Foundation, wrote on their Facebook page:
"Mr. Reid stated the song was leaked out and he had not heard the lyrics. He is a man of integrity that values our family's legacy and wouldn't allow such heinous usage of Emmett Till's name or dishonor his memory. We have yet to hear from Lil Wayne's camp and he is the one that said it! It was all I could do to hold back my tears while engaged in conversation. Thank you Mr. Reid for now I can exhale."
Yet despite promises, the insulting remix was STILL featured on Epic's homepage last we checked with Lil' Wayne rapping, "beat that p**sy up like Emmett Till."
The Lolli Pop rapper had no comment on the matter, but Emmett's cousin, Alrickca Gordon-Taylor definitely had something to say.
"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. We found it dishonorable to his name and what his death has meant to us as a people and as a culture…Our family was very offended, very hurt."
We couldn't agree more!
It's never cool to be disrespectful of anyone, especially someone who died in the name of an entire people!
We would understand the song still being available online because we all know once something gets released online there is no turning back, but WHY would it POSSIBLY still be available on Epic's site so long???
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