emmett till & lil wayne*It took Lil Wayne long enough to man up, but he’s finally done the right thing.

The Louisiana bred rapper has issued an apology to the family of Emmett Till for his totally unnecessary and  vulgar beyond words verse where he used civil rights icon’s brutal death as metaphor for sexual intercourse on Future’s song, “Karate Chop” which was released in February.

Interestingly, this sudden change of heart comes in the wake of Till’s family pressuring the Pepsi company to remove Lil Wayne from its current Mountain Dew campaign. In any event, Weezy personally sent a letter to the Till family, admitting that he went too far.

His letter, in its entirety,  to the Emmett Till family is below

Dear Till Family:

As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists.

It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys.

Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue.

I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.


Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Lil Wayne