There has been a firestorm of controversy swirling around lyrics by Lil Wayne on the “Karate Chop” track on which he is featured. There have been calls to boycott the record, the label and both artists involved.
The lyric’s in question come from Lil Wayne, where he raps, “Beat that pussy up like Emmett till,” drawing the ire of the Till family and a number of activist groups that find the lyrics offensive in a number of ways. Obviously those close to the Till family and civil rights enthusiast find fault in the lyrics based on the association of Till’s name with something that in itself is disrespectful and offensive. There are others that feel it is very important to shed light on the fact that the way women are addressed in these lyrics is unacceptable as well.
According to the Associated Press, Epic Records, has responded to the controversy by agreeing to pull this track. The Rev. Jesse Jackson reached out to The Blueprint Group, Lil Wayne’s Management Team, on behalf of Till’s family, and in the process, the label released a statement that basically said that the remix was not an authorized cut, the statement also claims that the remix leaked online. Epic said that it would make every effort to erase the track from the web and that the authorized version of the song will be released at a later date, but it will not have the questionable lyrics included.
“We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future‘s ‘Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics,” the statement said. “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.”