By// Mariah Craddick
A remixed version of rapper Future’s “Karate Chop” song – which featured Lil Wayne using an offensive, vulgar lyric citing the name of slain teen and civil rights figure Emmett Till – has been pulled by Epic Records, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Epic Records chairman Antonio L.A. Reid has reportedly apologized to the Till family and is working with the label to remove the remix track from circulation.
“Mr. Reid stated the song was leaked out and he had not heard the lyrics. He is a man of integrity that values our family’s legacy and wouldn’t allow such heinous usage of Emmett Till’s name or dishonor his memory,” reads a post on the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation’s Facebook page. “We have yet to hear from Lil Wayne’s camp and he was the one that said it!”
“We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s ‘Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics,” reads a statement issued by Epic in the aftermath of the song’s release. “Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family and the support of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. …we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized version.”
While thankful that action is being taken for the utterly disrespectful and crude lyric, why do rappers such as Lil Wayne feel that it’s okay to say in the first place? Hopefully Wayne will come to his senses and apologize sooner than later.