Lil' Wayne has had better days.
Yesterday was certainly not his best. The rapper owned up with an apology for his deeply offensive lyrics about civil rights icon Emmett Till, which came directly after he had been released from the hospital from suffering yet another seizure.
Emmett was a teenager who was brutally murdered and disfigured in the Jim Crow South in 1955, which became a pivotal moment in the burgeoning civil rights movement. Unfortunately, Lil' Wayne didn't seem to have a whole lot of respect for Emmett or the impact of his death.
He contributed lyrics to the song "Karate Chop" by rapper Future and rhymed that he was, "Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels / Beat that pu**y up like Emmett Till." The remix was quickly pulled after widespread protest and his label, Epic Records, issued a formal apology.
"To compare his murder and how beaten and how bullied, beatened, and tortured he was to the anatomy of a woman was really very disrespectful," said Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Emmett's cousin, in a video posted on RapRadar.com. "We found it dishonorable to his name and what his death has meant to us as a people and as a culture... Our family was very offended, very hurt."
Lil' Wayne released a statement apologizing for offending Emmett's family, only it was pretty obvious from the start why he was apologizing. "I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys," he wrote. Bingo.
"Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music. I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy."
The rapper said he also supported Epic's decision to not include his lyrics in the retail version of the song and will not include those lyrics when performing the song live.
Lil' Wayne was also released from the hospital that same day after suffering another seizure, but it seemed to unfortunately be par for the course for someone who suffers from epilepsy. "I'm fine. Thank u," he tweeted to his fans.
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