A friend of mine once said, “Correctly applied heavy effort is greater than hard work.” The family of Emmett Till must have heard that saying before because just days after they said they would pressure Mountain Dew to drop Lil Wayne as a celebrity spokesperson for his insensitive rap lyric referencing Emmett Till, Weezy penned an emotional letter sympathizing for his actions.

On the remix of Future’s “Karate Chop,” Lil Wayne rapped the line, “Beat the p***y like Emmett Till,” which caused public outrage. The Tills asked for an apology and for the reference to be removed from the song back in February when the track first leaked. However, Lil Wayne kept his mouth shut about the whole thing. Future’s record company, Epic Records, took action by removing the disrespectful reference and issuing an apology to the Till family. Still, Lil Wayne was silent which made people believe he didn’t care one way or another.

However, after seeing how fast sponsors turn on their celebrity ambassadors when they get into trouble (Rick Ross, anyone?), Lil Wayne finally sent a letter to the family. Read it in full 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

If you were a member of the Till family, would you accept his apology? Does the apology come to little, too late? Give us your thoughts on the incident.

Originally seen on TheUrbanDaily.com

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3 thoughts on “Lil Wayne Pens Sympathetic Letter To Emmett Till’s Family For Disrespectful Lyric

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  2. joey on said:

    Apologie should have been weeks ago ,, when he first spit that crap out of his mouth,, too little to late .
    He SHould not have sold anything on that song, or that album, its just a disgrace. this man needs some serious therapy, or counseling. and plus who can actually look at this man, he is so un-attractive and all these young black, really think he is somebody special. but he just another fool who has never had anything. And they just don’t know how to handle fame or Fortune. bottom line. this man is not a positive person in the music industry.

  3. Yep. Hit em’ in the pocketbook “It has come to my attention”. Hell it came to your attention the day you spewed that venom. But it only occurred to your dog ass to apologize after it came to your attention that your greedy ass might be losing some cash behind your ignorance. Unbelievable. Hope Pepsi boots your real ugly ass.

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