Under pressure from the family of Emmett Till, and facing the possibility of being Rick Rossed by PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew, Lil’ Wayne, the New Orleans rapper whose career is based on finding snappy ways to include (red) b*tches, h*es, murder and money in metaphorical lyrics, has finally acknowledged that he was wrong to equate the slain teen to a murdered vagina.
One would think that would be a no-brainer — but with “mollies,” “purp” and “sizzurp” involved, Wayne’s ability to form a coherent sentence is something that can not be counted on.
publicist’s letter below:
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.
Clearly, he wasn’t taking any chances that his level of remorse would be deemed not sincere enough by his corporate sponsors.
As previously reported, Rev. Jesse Jackson joined with the Till family to insist that Epic Records remove the offensive lyric and the song from radio rotation. But until his dollars were threatened, Tunechi remained unapologetic.
Apparently, sometimes the love of money can lead to positive results. Who knew.
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Executive Director, Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation and the Till Family Representative is not impressed and released the following statement:
We are aware of Lil Wayne’s statement of acknowledgement of our family’s pain and our disapproval of referencing Emmett Till in his lyrical content.
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.
Your move, Wayne.