Epic Records is attempting to take down a remix to Future’s “Karate Chop” that features a vulgar Lil Wayne lyric that many people found offensive, most notably the family of slain Civil Rights icon Emmett Till.
In the song, Weezy raps, “I pop a lot of pain pills / beat that p*ssy up like Emmett Till.”
Till was a 14-year-old African-American from Chicago who was tortured and murdered in Mississippi in 1955 for allegedly flirting with a white woman. Till’s death galvanized the Civil Rights Movement after Till’s mother decided to showcase Till’s horrifying fatal wounds by holding an open casket funeral so the world could see the reality of racism and the brutality of her son’s murder.
Till’s family objected to Lil Wayne’s verse and the Rev. Jesse Jackson reached out to the rapper’s management, The Blueprint Group, on the family’s behalf. The label issued the following statement apologizing for the song:
“We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s ‘Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics. Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family and the support of the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. … we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized version.”
Epic added it will release an official version of the song that “will not include such references.”
Neither Lil Wayne nor Future has commented on the controversy.
A Facebook posting on the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation page said that Epic Records Chairman and CEO LA Reid had reached out to the family to personally apologize.