It took several months, but Lil Wayne has finally apologized to the family of Emmett Till for his offensive lyrics in Future's song, "Karate Chop."
"Pop a lot of pain pills/Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that p*ssy up like Emmett Till," Wayne rapped in the song, which leaked onto the internet back in February.
As we previously reported, Till's family was very upset by the lyrics.The 14-year old boy was brutally murdered in Mississippi after whistling at a white woman in 1955.
After waiting months for an apology from Wayne that never came, Till's family decided they would would attempt to get Mountain Dew to drop the Young Money CEO.
"Don't do the Dew. Stop buying it. Stop lining his pockets," Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, said in a recent video.
Today Wayne finally issued an apology. Read it 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.
After the family of the late historical civil rights figure Emmett Till made an attempt to get Lil Wayne dropped from Mountain Dew due to his offensive lyrics about their deceased family member in Future's song "Karate Chop," the rapper finally felt the need to issue a letter of apology.
However, the Till family and Airicka Gordon-Taylor, the executive director of Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, aren't buying it.
They claim that there was no legit "sorry" within the letter.
This is what a representative of the story had to say:
"While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to ‘not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,' this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned."