Lil Wayne made a sexual reference to the beating death of 14-year-old Till, a black Chicago teenager, tortured and shot in Mississippi in 1955 for whistling at a white woman. Till's family objected to the lyrics and the Rev. Jesse Jackson reached out to the rapper’s management on the family's behalf.
The label issued a statement on Feb. 13 apologizing for the release of the song. “We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future's 'Karate Chop,' which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics,” the statement said. “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.” Epic will release an official version of the song that “will not include such references.”
Lil Wayne has not yet issued a comment on this matter.
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