An offensive lyric could cause Epic to pull Lil Wayne's song "Karate Chop," a remix that he is featured on with rapper Future. The lyric refers to the late Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy who was tortured and shot in Mississippi in 1955. Till's family has raised their objections to the lyric which has been deemed too vulgar to repeat in print.
According to an Associated Press report on Feb. 14, Rev. Jesse Jackson has reached out on behalf of Till's family to The Blueprint Group, to have the song pulled. The offensive lyric from Wayne, who appears briefly on the song by Future, refers to the beating of Till, who was a young boy that whistled at a white woman in 1955. The two white men involved in the killing of Till were acquitted of the charges by an all-white jury.
On Wednesday night, Epic released a statement saying:
"We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future's 'Karate Chop,' which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics. 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 song "Karate Chop," is a remix song by Future, which is very likely to be altered and re-released based on the offensive lyric from Lil Wayne. The track may appear on Future's upcoming song "Future Hendrix," which will also include guests Drake, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Timbaland.
There has yet to be any comments from Lil Wayne on this matter, although it has been reported that Epico Records Chairman and CEO LA Reid has reached out to "personally apologize" to the family of Emmitt Till.