There’s still been no word on whether or not Lil Wayne has even heard about all the controversy his lyrics on Future’s “Karate Chop (remix)” has been causing, but Stevie Wonder is chiming in now. Weezy’s reference to Emmett Till has already received criticism from Till’s family, and forced Future’s label Epic Records to apologize.
Stevie wonder is picking up right where they left off. “You can’t equate that to Emmett Till,” Wonder told the Associated Press via Fox News. “You just cannot do that. … I think you got to have someone around you that — even if they are the same age or older — is wiser to say, ’Yo, that’s not happening. Don’t do that.'”
“Sometimes people have to put themselves in the place of people who they are talking about,” he continued. “Imagine if that happened to your mother, brother, daughter or your son. How would you feel? Have some discernment before we say certain things. That goes for me or any other (song)writer.”
Upon hearing the track, Emmett Till’s cousin Airickca Gordon-Taylor demanded the line be removed. “That entire segment is very misogynistic and promotes domestic abuse toward women by our own race,” she told the Chicago Sun-Times. “But it also shows total disregard of where you’ve come from. He wouldn’t even be out there rapping these stupid lyrics without the sacrifice Emmett made. Personally, I think Lil Wayne should just go ahead and apologize to my family. It’s hurtful.”
Epic Records’ statement: “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 label plans to debut a new version without Weezy’s controversial lyric.