Lil Wayne is in hot water after making reference to Emmett Till in a song.
Epic Records has issued a statement promising to remove the reference to Till, a 14-year-old African-American teen who became a civil rights icon after being beaten to death for whistling at a white woman in 1955.
The lyrics appeared on a remix version of Future’s “Karate Chop” that leaked Monday (February 12). In the song, Wayne raps:
“About to put rims on my skate board wheels/ Beat that p***y up like Emmett Till”
After a wave of backlash and Internet protests, Epic vowed to take down the unofficial leak of the song and repost it without Wayne’s offensive lyrics:
“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.”
Officials with the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation (named for the mother of Emmett) have expressed their appreciation to Epic Records and its CEO, L.A. Reid. They claim that Wayne has been silent on the issue.