Earlier this year Weezy jumped on Future’s “Karate Chop (Remix)” and said some things that in no way shape or form helped honor the legacy of Emmett Till. Till’s family did not take so kingly to Wayne speaking so “matter of factually” regarding their fallen family member, thus causing Epic Records to remove the lines from the song entirely. Wayne has also lost his deal with Mountain Dew as a result of this controversy, and just like his friend Rick Ross he waited until he lost funds before issuing a formal apology.
Dear Till Family:
As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists.
It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys.
Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue.
I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
UPDATE: The Till family “reject” Wayne’s apology.
TMZ is reporting that although the family thanks Wayne for helping to keep Emmett’s legacy alive, they feel what was meant to be an apology from Weezy was in fact not an apology at all.
“While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to ‘not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,’ this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned.”