“Pop a lot of pain pills/ Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/ Beat that p—y up like Emmett Till” – Lil Wayne
It seems as though Epic Records has come to its senses over a controversial lyric written by Lil Wayne that alludes to the gruesome 1955 murder of Chicago teen Emmett Till. The label apologized Wednesday night and is reportedly in the process of cutting the disrespectful line featured on Future‘s “Karate Chop” remix.
“We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s `Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics,” Epic said 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.”
Over on Twitter, Jackson confirmed the talk with Epic Record’s CEO LA Reid and the removal of the comment. The label will release an official version of the song that “will not include such references.”
A publicist says Lil Wayne has had no comment thus far.
Till was visiting his family in Mississippi when he was brutally beaten and killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Both suspects were acquitted by an all-white jury, but it was the courage of Till’s mother, Mamie, to insist on an open-casket funeral that showed her son’s mutilated body. The circulated photos helped spark the civil rights movement.
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, a cousin of Till, told The Chicago Sun-Times:
“My agenda is not to be disrespectful to Lil Wayne, even as much as I feel he’s been disrespectful to my family. We just want Emmett’s name removed from that song. That entire segment is very misogynistic and promotes domestic abuse toward women by our own race.
“But it also shows total disregard of where you’ve come from. He wouldn’t even be out there rapping these stupid lyrics without the sacrifice Emmett made. Personally, I think Lil Wayne should just go ahead and apologize to my family. It’s hurtful.”
On Wednesday, a Facebook post on the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation page said Reid had reached out to the family to send a personal apology.