Lil Wayne publicly apologized to the family of murder victim Emmett Till at a concert in Tennessee after previously upsetting them by referring to his violent death in a song.
The line, from a leaked remix of “Karate Chop” with rapper Future, said he was going to “beat” a female’s genitals like Emmett Till, who was 14-years-old when he was beaten, tortured, shot, lynched with barbed wire, attached to the fan of a cotton gin, and thrown into Mississippi’s Tallahatchie River for allegedly whistling at a white woman in 1955. His death helped to launch the civil rights movement.
The rapper performed a cleaned-up version of his track during a show in Nashville, last week told audience, “I apologize to the family of Emmett Till.”
Lil Wayne previously addressed the controversy in a public statement and insisted he would not mention the Tills in his music ever again, but fell short of delivering an apology.