Weezy inappropriately referenced an instance of racial injustice from the ’50s, forcing huge names like L.A. Reid to apologize on his behalf.
Lil Wayne is a scandal magnet these days! Fresh off his “did he shave his dreadlocks” debacle (update: he did not), the rapper is now trouble with Epic Records. The label was forced to issue an apology Feb. 13 after an un — Weezy’s rap contained an inappropriate reference to Emmett Till, the Chicago teen who was brutally assaulted and shot to death in 1995 in the Jim Crow South.
The rap was featured on Future’s new track “Karate Chop,” which the label is now working to pull from the internet entirely.
“We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s ‘Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics,” Epic Records tells E! Online in a statement. “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.”
L.A. Reid Apologizes For Lil Wayne’s Emmett Till Rap
Former X Factor judge L.A. Reid, who serves as CEO of Epic Records, personally reached out to Emmett’s family to apologize for the offense. The following was posted on the Facebook page of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, which is named after Emmett’s mother:
“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.”
Lil Wayne’s Emmett Till Rap
And in case you’re wondering what Weezy could have said to stir up such controvery, here’s his jaw-dropping line:
“Beat that p***y up like Emmett Till.”
For shame, Weezy. For shame.
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