Seeing the bubble that swallowed up Rick Ross & his Reebok deal over his lyrics on “U.O.E.N.O”, Lil Wayne finally apologized for his “Emmitt Till” reference on Future’s “Karate Chop” remix. The Till family had been requesting for months for Wayne to apologize for the lyric and recently announced their intent to sue Pepsi-soft drink backed Mountain Dew, which currently uses Weezy for a slew of campaigns.

In February, the remix to Future’s record landed with Wayne’s verse, using the slain figure of the Civil Rights Movement as a euphemism for sex. Epic Records, Future’s label quickly issued an apology and removed the lyric but Wayne remained stedfast in letting the label handling it instead of issuing out a hasty apology. That all changed as Weezy finally issued a statement, apologizing to the family for the lyric and stating he will never perform the lyric nor mention Emmitt Till’s name in a negative manner.

“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”