Lil Wayne, Emmett Till Backlash: Rapper Faces Scrutiny Over Rap Lyric


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From the Huffington Post, Black Voices

[T]he Grammy Award-winner is making headlines once again for his cameo on Future’s recently leaked track titled, “Karate Chop.”

Recording artist Lil Wayne (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Recording artist Lil Wayne (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The song which is set to appear this weekend on DJ Smallz’s upcoming mixtape “This Is That Southern Smoke Vol. 4,” finds the New Orleans native making an explicit reference to “beating” a woman’s genitals in a manner similar to the beating Emmett Till took at the hands of Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam.

On August 28, 1955 Till was kidnapped from his great-uncle’s home and taken to a barn. Bryant and Milam beat, tortured and killed Till, throwing his body, attached by barbed wire at the neck to the fan of a cotton gin, into the Tallahatchie River.

Till’s killing, and the subsequent acquittal of Bryant and Milam sparked outrage across the country and is widely viewed as a tipping for the civil rights movement.

Emmett Till & his mother
Emmett Till & his mother Mamie Till Bradley in Chicago about eight months before he was murdered.

Considering this history, the controversial lyric has since received a tremendous amount of backlash from many including Till’s family….

“I just couldn’t understand how you could compare the gateway of life to brutality and punishment of death,” she continued. And I feel that they don’t have no pride and no dignity as black men. Our family was very, very offended. Very hurt, disturbed by it.“

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Future’s label, Epic Records, confirmed that the current version of “Karate Chop” circulating online leaked without the company’s authorization and added that the official version “has removed those lyrics from that song.”

To listen to a Till relative’s conversation with Dr. Boyce Watkins about the family’s objections, click here.

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