Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Lil Wayne Acknowledges Emmett Till Family


Days after the family of Emmett Till threatened to put pressure on Mountain Dew to drop Lil Wayne for his disrespectful use of Emmett Till's name in a rap song, Lil Wayne acknowledges the family's pain but stops short of apologizing...

Back in February the family of Emmett Till asked Lil Wayne for an apology for using Emmett Till's name to describe a brutal sex act on a remix of Future's Karate Chop [click here if you missed that].

The lyric was pulled by Epic Records and the label issued an apology but Lil Wayne remained mum.

Three days after the family of Emmett Till threatened to target his sponsors, Lil Wayne issued this statement: 
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

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

MORE THAN MOST WOULD OR HAVE DONE. AND IT WAS RESPECTFUL. NICE.

Anonymous said...

I liked it. Really classy. Better late than never.

Anonymous said...

Appropriate.

Bee Gee said...

TRANSLATION: "Please don't fuck with a gremlin's Mountain Dew money..thank you"

Anonymous said...

Lil' Wayne needs to consult Rick Ross on what happens to endorsement deals if you don't make a sincere apology quickly after offending a particular population.

And...

In regards to this quote:

"...my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community."

I'd personally like to know what song of his is he referring too?

If he can name one song of his that "uplifts rather than degrades" us within his community, I'd surely purchase that song...

Anonymous said...

I think an apology was intentionally withheld. Move forward with the pressuring of Mountain Dew. While I am a fan of his music, this ignorant little troll is arrogant as hell. Considering the global influence that hip hop has, rappers need to be held to higher standards.

Anonymous said...

When did he start uplifting women? Why even write this if it aint true.

#Sick&Tired

Anonymous said...

what I dont understand is,,, the white women, white people in general stick together in what they believe so they got Ross dropped from Reebok..
why didnt we come together as blacks and demand this jigga coon to be release as well. and countless artist who glorify selling drugs, and killing of other blacks? WTF is wrong with us?
its 2013 and we still aint got our shit right!

Anonymous said...

PREEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH @ 10:26 am

Anonymous said...

@10:26 I totally agree. Many of our people have bought into the whole "get over it" attitude that white people have when it comes to our history and how we've treated. It's easier to act as if these events never happened than to hold persons accountable for them.

I do not support Wayne or anything that he is affiliated with. His lyrics are misogynistic, violent, offensive and ignorant. I don't care how nice the beat is, I refuse to support him or any of his collaborations.

This letter, while respectful fell short and in my opinion was too little too late. He obviously only cares about his money and only offered this letter AFTER there was a threat that he would lose said money. No sincerity in that.

Anonymous said...

Im tried of feeling sorry for our race. I live in a city in Florida wear most the Niggas sell drugs, the black females have no consciousness at all. Lil Lame may have apologized, but this coon is still not a positive role model,and if he would've given a fuck he wouldn't've said the shit in the first place. The rap today got black males an our youth all fucked up in the head. Fuck 21st century rap!!

Anonymous said...

What BeeGee said. I'd like to hear him articulate this himself cuz its whack and fake. Stripe is gonna learn the hard way.

Anonymous said...

How can he acknowledge anything when he's dead? yes he died and his camp is continuing the weekend at bernies fuckery, that stunt double they are going to trot out is not going to work either, far away grainy pictures and photoshop will not fool those of us with a trained eye on fuckery. I guess he oded before they could find his replacement to continue to legacy of foolery.

Anonymous said...

So who really thinks Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. really wrote that letter?

Anonymous said...

@10:39
This letter, while respectful fell short and in my opinion was too little too late. He obviously only cares about his money and only offered this letter AFTER there was a threat that he would lose said money. No sincerity in that.
__________________________________________________AMEN!

Anonymous said...

If that big FAT M&M Rick Ross didn't get a pass for his lame weak ass apology, neither should this cripsy-ass-skittle for this bullshit acknowledgement.

@10:39 Exactly!!!!

Anonymous said...

@10:44 I heard that he had another seizure last night but not that he died. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

It's not a real apology because he didn't write this himself. This is another person's words and feelings on this situation. IMO, he stills has't apologized since someone else did it for him. SMH

Anonymous said...

If that big FAT M&M Rick Ross didn't get a pass for his lame weak ass apology, neither should this cripsy-ass-skittle for this bullshit acknowledgement.
11:01 AM
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LAMO!!!!!!

So who really thinks Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. really wrote that letter?

10:46 AM
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IKR!!! I sure as hell don't think he did.

Anonymous said...

@ 10:44 what,? I ve heard the whole cloning of celebrity theory i think it was can i bus who rapped about eminem being a double. but please go on

Anonymous said...

I can't believe some of you are saying this letter of acknowledgement, mind you NOT an apology, is "Appropriate & classy". You must be some real hood negroes that's really 'about that life'.

This nugga talking about 'it has been brought to his attention' - fool months ago it was known by you and your label. Then he flat out speaks of himself and assumed contributions to the community, as if this is some form of intimidation to the family from moving forward in dropping him from that Mountain-Diabetic-Dew money.

Again, Rick Ross didn't get a pass & this grimey little turd shouldn't either for his profit-interest acknowledgement letter.

NEVER again will I consume or purchase any Pepsi Co. products, if he is not dropped.

Anonymous said...

well put together & appropriate. well done wayne

Anonymous said...

@11:04 & 11:06am Right! he didn't write this letter.

As vocal and attention whoring as this fool is, he should be making massive public appearances apologizing. NO but his monkey-ass (my Uncle Ruckus voice) will be tweeting photos of has ass falling off a skate-board begging for sympathy.

This reject of our culture is pathetic.

Anonymous said...

@11:11am you idiot.

Anonymous said...

@11:11 Thank You! Well said....

Anonymous said...

Did this little ignorant hood-bugga pen this letter BEFORE or AFTER his seizure yesterday?

Karma has it way and always in the lead.

I Talk Reckless On the Internet said...

Sounds like an apology to me.

Anonymous said...

"...my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community."
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i think his ultimate intention is to make money.

Anonymous said...

I bet he's not even smart to have written that letter. That was PR. Please, go have a seat Lil Wayne ans say a little prayer to satan while your at it.

Anonymous said...

10:44 u are a mess. lol.

Anonymous said...

Lmaooo@ Weekend at Bernie's fuckery! I also think Lil Wayne is dead. What we are witnessing now are probably clones or doubles. Same with Britney Spears, Eminem, Justin Beiber( He is looking and acting REALLY strange lately) and a few others. I don't even think the creature that performed at the Superbowl was Beyonce. The faces and the contorting/morphing was NOT HUMAN!

Anonymous said...

@11:11AM.... while you're boycotting don't forget Gatorade, Tropicana, 7UP, Lipton teas, Aquafina, Doritos, Quaker, Cheetos, Mirinda and Ruffles.

zeeedeee said...

This is the same thing officer ricky did...make a statement offering explanation and expressing empathy for the perceived intent to harm..all the while not apologizing directly which also means escaping responsibility....i agree that he should have spoke them it may have seemed more believable...if the Teal family then im happy for them but this is still some bullshit

Anonymous said...

Stunt doubles for dead celebs? Isn't there a site more appropriate to tending to the special.. um.. needs of you conspiracy theorist? We don't subscribe to your brand of crazy here.

Anonymous said...

"As a business owner who employs several African-American employees" <<< Was this line even necessary? That is something that a non-black person would include in a statement to prove that they were not racist.

Bee Gee said...

You ain't lyin @ 1:13pm "my best friend is black!" type shit..

Anonymous said...

Now he got some respect? Money is a powerful thing! Go after his pockets and see how quick he is to empathize with the loss of the Till family.

Anonymous said...

Tyler the Creator is already in an extremely racist Mountain Dew Ad. Mountain Dew doesn't care - unless their pockets get hit.

Anonymous said...

Damn! They need to just let him be. Let shit go.

Anonymous said...

Lil Wayne didn't write that shit, his PR man did, but still it's good that he issued that letter. That was a very smart move to make, now Mt. Dew can say an appropriate apology was issued. Dumbass, Rick Ross should've done this and he would still have his endorsement deal.

Anonymous said...

@ Bee Gee it sure is.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"...my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community."
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i think his ultimate intention is to make money.
11:29 AM


And that right there is all that needs to be said. Co-fucking-sign.

Anonymous said...

lol...way too literate to have been in his own words. good job public relations specialist!

Anonymous said...

To everyone that never used something out of context, ARTS, there are,seats available. As a poet, I play,with words all the time. If no one has complained about his use of drugs with women, degrading other races, or violence towards others, why start now? Really think the family is trying to get 15 minutes of fame. Why not threaten to boycott before seeing what happened to rick ross? Time is ticking and soon this will be pushed to the back burner, 3 minutes left, done! Stay seated haters, it's more comfortable hating from the bench.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:18
Fuck you, fuck Lil Wayne, and fuck your wack ass poetry. That faggot wouldnt have said that shit about Jonbenet Ramsay or any other murdered white child. What Lil Wayne needs to do is paint hos face with black shoe polish and paint his lips pink.

Anonymous said...

Woo hooo, Im a n!gger, I sho does loves lil wane, whea da fried chikken whea da beer at, where dem whyte wimmens, yea, i beez a n!gger, I do anythANG FOR CHIKKEN BEERS AND WHYTE WIMMINS YEEEEES LAWD I SHO NUFF WILL. I DONT care if it be slavery one mo gen. crakas is good, they gone pay me, sho nuff will. I's gone acts like I down wit my peeples when shit hit da fan cawse laaaaawd dem crakas and dum ass n!ggers a fuck up my pay, yes sir. Yeeeeees sir.

Anonymous said...

An ad for Mountain Dew created by the founder of hip-hop group Odd Future has been pulled after critics lambasted its violent undertones and one called it ”arguably the most racist commercial in history.”


http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2013/05/mountain-dew-pulls-racist-ad-created-by-hip-hop-artist/

Anonymous said...

Yo 8:44 Fuck you and.all u stand for u
insignificant bitch, from 8:18

Anonymous said...

@3:47, your poetry is insignificant, and at least I stand for something.

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