There are reports circulating that the family of Emmett Till is still seeking a formal apology from Lil Wayne for his lyrics in the remix for the song Karate Chop by Future. There has been no word on whether or not Wayne has decided to reach out to the family.
A couple months ago Lil Wayne made headlines for his lyrics in a leaked remix version of “Karate Chop.” The family of Emmett Till and many activists expressed outrage and called for a boycott of the song. Soon after Epic Records Chairman and CEO LA Reid made the decision to pull Future’s “Karate Chop” Remix due to complaints.
Epic said it regretted the unauthorized remix leaking onto the internet and was employing “great efforts” to pull it down. The offensive lyrics will be removed from the song when it is re-released.
It is also reported that LA Reid personally reached out to Gordon-Taylor on a conference call that included the Rev. Jesse Jackson to explain and apologize.
Future ft. Lil Wayne – Karate Chop (Remix)
[Verse 3: Lil Wayne]
Pop a lot of pain pills
Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels
Beat that pussy up like Emmett Till
Community Activists and Emmett Till’s Family Still Want An Apology For The Lil Wayne Lyric
“I had to call the elders in my family and explain to them before they heard it from some another source.” -Airickca Gordon-Taylor
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, the Estate Heir & Founding Director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation wants Lil Wayne to apologize for the lyrics. Boyce Watkins had a discussion with Airickca Gordon-Taylor and Bishop Tavis Grant of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition about the song. That discussion is posted below.
Pressure Is Mounting For Mt Dew To Distance Itself From Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne has said and/or been accused of saying many controversial things throughout his career. In fact it seems that shock value is perhaps an overly used tool for publicity in the entire music industry but Wayne may have really hurt his own financial interests with this one.
The recent decision by Reebok to drop it’s endorsement deal with Rick Ross has reignited the movement to boycott support for Lil Wayne. The latest news is that activists are calling for Mountain Dew to end it’s endorsement deal with Lil Wayne.
History of The Emmit Till Murder Case
For those unfamiliar, here’s some background on Emmett Till. He was an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 at the age of 14. Till, who was from Chicago reportedly flirting with a 21-year old white store owner by the name of Carolyn Bryant. That was justification enough in the minds of Bryant’s husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J. W. Milam to murder Till.
The two took Till from his great-uncle’s house to a barn where they brutally beat him, gouged out one of his eyes and shot him in the head before dumping his body in the Tallahatchie River,
Till’s body was pulled from the river three days later. His mother, Mamie Till Mobley. made the controversial decision to have an open casket. Photos of her son’s disfigured face were widely published.
Both Bryant and Milam were acquitted of the young boy’s murder.
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