Lil Wayne apologizes to Emmett Till family for vulgar rap lyric

Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old Chicago boy, who was brutally murdered near Money, Mississippi. (AP Photo/File)/ Lil Wayne (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old Chicago boy, who was brutally murdered near Money, Mississippi. (AP Photo/File)/ Lil Wayne (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Lil Wayne has finally apologized to the family of Emmett Till after over a month of dealing with criticism over his vulgar verse where he used the civil rights icon’s savage killing as metaphor for sexual intercourse.

The Young Money CEO has sent a letter to the Till family, acknowledging that he went too far.

Read Lil Wayne’s letter to the Till family in its entirety 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.

Best,

Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Lil Wayne

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