Lil’ Wayne Finally Apologizes To Emmett Till’s Family

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Last week, Emmett Till’s family announced they were going to do everything in their power to try and persuade Mountain Dew to drop Lil’ Wayne.  Now, the rapper has issued a formal apology to the family.

Just a few days ago, we posted the story that Till’s family were very upset that they still hadn’t received an apology from Lil’ Wayne for the offensive lyrics in Future’s song “Karate Chop.”  In the song, Wayne rapped the lyrics “beat the p**** up like Emmett Till.”  The family was very offended by the lyrics and radio stations even stopped playing the record.

The family of Emmett Till decided to go after Wayne’s endorsement deal with Mountain Dew.  Similar to the protest held to have Reebok drop Rick Ross for his controversial lyrics.

Yesterday, Lil’ Wayne finally gave the family what they had been waiting for and that was an apology that was long overdue.  Read the statement 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

According to TMZ, the Till family has spoken and doesn’t accept this as a real apology.  See below:

Airickca Gordon-Taylor — Executive Director, Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation and Till Family Representative — tells TMZ the family does not view the letter as a formal apology.

“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.”

They do have a valid point.  No where in that statement did Lil’ Wayne actually apologize for offensive lyrics.  I wonder if he’ll come back with another statement and actually say “I’m sorry.”

What do you think about Lil’ Wayne’s apology?


Source: TMZ


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