Rapper Lil Wayne (real name Dwayne Carter) has finally issued a public apology to the family of slain teenager Emmett Till.
Wayne caused controversy earlier this year when he appeared on the remix of Atlanta artist Future’s unreleased single ’Karate Chop’ and rapped the line, “beat the p*ssy up like Emmett Till.”
Emmett Till was a 14 year old African-American boy who was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955, after he reportedly whistled and flirted with Carolyn Bryant, a 21 year old Caucasian woman.
Till’s family demanded an apology after hearing the vile lyrics but were ignored. That is until several days ago when it was announced that they planned on pursuing Wayne’s sponsors, namely Mountain Dew, a product of PepsiCo. Click here to read all about it.
The thought of losing a major endorsement deal must have shaken the little cretin to his very core because today he issued this apology:
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.
Well folks… look what happens when you threaten a reprobate rapper’s livelihood. I think we all know that this apology was written by a publicist, but I am glad the Till family succeeded in backing Wayne in to a corner and have finally received the apology that they should have received back in February.
Rest In Peace Emmett Till.
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