Earlier this week, it was reported that the family of Emmett Till called for the Pepsi Co. to drop Lil Wayne from his endorsement deal with Mountain Dew.
At the time of the report, it was noted that the Till family was still highly upset about the offensive lyrics that Lil Wayne rapped on the “Karate Chop Remix”, but even more so displeased with the rapper staying silent, and not apologizing for his controversial line, which the family said had an impact on the legacy of Emmett Till.
Now, Lil Wayne has seen the reports about the Till family calling for Pepsi to drop him from his endorsement deal with Mountain Dew, and he has issued an apology. Is it to little to late?
Read Lil Wayne’s apology to the Till family below:
Dear Till Family:
As a recording artist, I have alway 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.