Lil Wayne’s free-associative and unpredictable rap style is what makes him a lyrical dynamo. Still, while Wayne is often praised for his lyrical tactics, a recent rhyme which name-checks tragic civil rights figure Emmett Till has drawn a ton of criticism.
The line in question appeared on Future’s “Karate Chop (Remix)” and though Wayne has yet to speak on the controversy, Future assures that the Young Money superstar meant no ill will. “It was a hot song, we did it from a good place with great intentions, just to add some life on to the song,” Future told MTV News on Friday night, while he was out in Houston, Texas shooting a music video with Trae tha Truth. “The record it was done from a good place, good art, he ain’t have no bad intentions when he was thinking about it like that.”
The original “Karate Chop” was featured on Future’s FBG: The Movie mixtape in January, and the remixed version featuring Wayne hit the net on Sunday. The spirited verse was delivered in typical Weezy fashion, that was until he spit: “beat the p—y up like Emmett Till,” drawing a dark reference to the teen who was brutally murdered after he whistled at a white woman back in 1955. Till was beaten beyond recognition, but his mother insisted that he have an open casket funeral, so the world can see and remember the brutality.
Weezy’s lyric drew a response from Till’s cousin Airickca Gordon-Taylor, who insisted the line be removed from the song, a request that has been answered by Future’s label, Epic Records. In a statement released on Thursday, the Sony-distributed label said they will go through “great efforts” to remove the “unauthorized version” from the Internet and that a re-released version of the track will not include the line.
Future didn’t share his feelings about the lyric in question, but he believes Wayne meant no harm. “It was used in a different way, but I understand it,” he said. “So at the end of the day we’re gonna move on from it and find a way to build.”
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