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Lil Wayne’s record label, Epic Records, is apologizing after pulling one of the rapper’s songs, which included lyrics about Emmett Till.
The song, a remix of Future’s “Karate Chop,” contains lyrics about the 14-year-old African American who was murdered in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman. He was kidnapped and tortured by three white men, who eventually got acquitted.
In a statement, the label said “We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future's 'Karate Chop,' which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics," adding, "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, The Associated Press reports.
The lines the label is referencing are as follows, “Pop a lot of pain pills, 'Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels, Beat that p---y up like Emmett Till.”
Founding director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, Airickca Gordon-Taylor, called the lyrics "disappointing, dishonorable, and outright disrespectful to our family, The Chicago Tribune reports.
She added, "My agenda is not to be disrespectful to Lil Wayne, even as much as I feel he's been disrespectful to my family. We just want Emmett's name removed from that song.”
Lil Wayne hasn’t been reached for comment.