Earlier this month Lil Wayne lost his endorsement deal with Mountain Dew, thanks to a controversial reference to Civil Rights figure Emmett Till on Future's "Karate Chop (remix)," and now the song's producer Metro Boomin says that Weezy's verse was never even intended for release.
In an interview with Vibe Metro Boomin explained that someone actually ripped the version of the track with Wayne's verse and leaked it without consent. He admitted that he never wanted the world to hear those lyrics.
"We didn’t even intend for it to come out like that. It was serious. I was like, “Honestly, it will be no good” so we took the line out," he explained. "But there was a music video…The whole reason the song came out prematurely is [because] it got leaked. I’m not even going to say his name. He had ripped the song off the video director’s…Uh, I guess the video director fell asleep uploading the video, to his Vimeo. He [the ripper] always checks the Vimeo for content and one day he lucked up on the f---ing ‘Karate Chop’ video and he ripped the one with the Wayne verse and he put it out."
He added that the line was specifically removed on the official song. "On the mastered version, the final, that line wasn’t in there. He [the ripper] put it out and made everybody look like douchebags, but it wasn’t the plan."
In terms of Wayne being dropped from Mountain Dew: “I just heard about that like two days ago," he said. "One of my home boys pulled it out, like “Man. Wayne lost his Mountain Dew endorsement because of you.” I was like “Don’t blame that on me! I ain’t tell that man what to say.”
Meanwhile, Future thinks that the lines brought "positive energy" to Emmett Till's story.