Talib Kweli Feels Lil Wayne Should Apologize To Emmett Till's Family

Talib Kweli also says that "we as a community gotta take the blame" for Lil Wayne's line about Emmett Till.

Brooklyn, New York's Talib Kweli recently weighed in on an issue concerning Lil Wayne. In an interview, Kweli opened up about why he feels Weezy should apologize to Emmett Till's family for a line on one of his records.

“My opinion is that I think that Lil Wayne should apologize to the Till Family," Kweli shared in a talk with AllHipHop. "But, its not for me to say; its for him to do. That’s what I would do. That’s what I think is the smart thing to do, especially since you apologized to LeBron [James] for the Miami Heat thing. But, from my perspective, wherever he’s at with it in the world and his mind space is that the surroundings around him are not necessarily making him aware that he needs to apologize to the Till family. But the surroundings around him are making him aware that, 'You know what? You live in Miami. You should apologize to the Heat.' Do I think that’s a little backwards? Yeah. But, I think that it's a little hypocritical of us to put that squarely on Lil Wayne’s shoulders.”

Kweli continued explaining how "we as a community gotta take the blame." 

“We've been listening to dudes talk about they 'gon' beat the pussy up' on records with all different types of metaphors before the Till family got affected. If we are going to encourage that and like it, then we as a community gotta take the blame. I think it's very convenient for a lot of people to pick a certain line from a song that’s still creative. We’re not talking about censorship. We don’t wanna censor nobody. But I do think it's a bit hypocritical. There is a line in the sand you have to draw but this is the part I find hypocritical. When you criticize Lil Wayne for it and it doesn’t stop as criticism for the line. It continues to ‘He’s a monster and he’s destroying Hip Hop. I wish he would die. I wish he would stop making records.’ When it goes to that, that's not something I can condone. And that also will also make an artist you saying that about say, ‘Well, fuck what you gotta say. My fans support me.’ To me, the better way is through outreach and unity in Hip Hop – finding the similarities rather than the differences. That’s why I always work for these artists. For me, its art first. When you judge whether or not I should be working on an artist, the only thing you should be judging it on is on the song.”

The line in question was featured on the remix to Future's "Karate Chop." On the track, Wayne said he would "beat that pussy up like Emmett Till." Epic Records officially responded to the song and pulled the lyrics from what they called an "unauthorized" leak. Future spoke about the song, saying Wayne had "no bad intentions" with the line. In 1955, at 14 years of age, Till was beaten and brutally murdered in Money, Mississippi. He was kidnapped and killed by two White men in what was a racially charged crime but the men were acquitted by an all-White, all-male jury. This event further emphasized the fight for civil rights in the nation and the racial divide that separated the country. 

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89 Comments

  • Malcolm X

    Talib, your boy Kanye West said the same shit about Emmett Till too..

  • iCE iCE BABY

    Shut the fuck up Kweli, your opinion ? man you used to be one of the realest niggas in the game and addressed what's what ..now that you did songs with lil wayne you're saying your opinion ? It's a fact is was wrong, what happened to activism ? and being true ? man you are so fuking fake now ...4 years back you would be heated ..you trash ..wayne is wrong ..fuck face spread love it's the Brooklyn way huh ? yeah you make out city look bad

  • Anonymous

    "If you had a cousin who was beaten to death by cops and then later you hear some rapper using his death as a stupid punch line....wouldnt you be pissed?" I wouldn't be jumping for joy, but you act like rappers have to ask permission before they say the things they do. It was a dumb line, but rappers have said and will continue to say worse. It's almost expected of them.

  • Anonymous

    "Eminem is white he is not relevant With our cultural" He's white? Really?

  • #teamjarule

    In fact, Ja Rule is the father of all niggas, Emmett's father too, so he is the only one who can ask Wayne for an apology. But Ja is too real to do that, apologies are for pussies.

  • wally912

    Kweli wasn't really hating. What he said was very true. We all need to be more responsible with our words, not just rappers.

    • donnis mac

      Very true, but this message will be lost on a bunch of school kids with minimal to no type of responsibilities.

  • Anonymous

    dis bitch kweli talks alotta trash.It seems it got nuthin 2 do.

  • Apologetic White Man

    On behalf of all white people, and our white ancestors, I would like to say sorry.

  • So Icy Boi!

    fuck Talib Kweli. diz nigga cant even rap. Lil Wayne would rap circles around him... and and and can Talib skate? can Talib play on guitar? no! Weezy is da Greatest Rapper of All Time... swag

  • Anonymous

    fuck Talib Kweli. diz nigga cant even rap. Lil Wayne would rap circles around him... and and and can Talib skate? can Talib play on guitar? no! Weezy is da Greatest Rapper of All Time. swag

  • FUCK YMCMB AND OVO

    The fact he called Emmett a "pussy" pissed me off, fuck Lil Wayne and crew

  • G

    @YESSIR: If you really think that Wayne is a better quality compared to Talib, then you're definitely a punk ass excrement!

  • YESSIR

    TALIB WHO? DX IS REALLY THAT DESPERATE TO PUT A STORY OF A NOBODY CRITICIZING A LIVING LEGEND. WAYNE RAPS BOUT WHOEVER HE WANTS. HENCE THE FACT THAT HE ALREADY APOLOGIZED. YALL BROKE NIGGAS TOO STUPID TO SEE THAT YOUR VERSES NEED TO BE PROVOCATIVE IN ORDER TO BRING ATTENTION. ATTENTION BRINGS MONEY. KANYE JUST BITING WAYNE BUSINESS SKILLS WITH NAMING HIS ALBUM WITH CATHOLIC REFERENCES. YALL TOO STUPID TO KNOW THAT WAYNE ASKED EMMIT'S SON BEFORE WRITING THE VERSE AND GOT HIS APPROVAL BUT HE JUST A HYPOCRIT LITTLE BITCH.

    • No Son...Son

      I don't believe the 14 year old Till had children. I did not research this, but I do not remember ever hearing that Emmitt Till had a school. Wayne was wrong. I like Lil Wayne, Kanye, 3000, Nas, 50, The Gap Band, Dazz Band,etc. Just give me music. If I like it I like it. Musical lyrics don't have to mean anything or say anything to be good. But, don't lie and say Weezy spoke to someone in the family that does not exists. That comment was tasteless. Hold my Deeeeeeeeeeeee. I will pray for you, Peace!

    • Yessir=lil wayne's biotch

      Talib is a living legend and lil wayne has done nothing good for hip hop or the human race. he just spawned a large mass of skinny jean wearing bitches who are too stupid to listen to more than shitty punch lines. oh and Kanye and wayne are the same person!

  • Anonymous

    Let's make it simple. If you aren't Lil Wayne, or part of his daily entourage, then don't speak on what he should say or do. Eminem has said worse, and people laughed it off.

    • Anonymous

      Eminem is not black, you missed the entire point of the community outrage.

    • Anonymous

      eminem is like white christ?

    • sam snead

      Eminem "me and marcus allen went over to se nicole, when we heard a knock at the door must have been ron gold, jumped behind the door put the orgy on hold killed em both and smeared blood in a white bronco"

    • Anonymous

      To say Eminem isn't relevant to hip-hop culture is like saying Jimi Hendrix isn't relevant to rock n roll. Bitch please

    • Anonymous

      If you had a cousin who was beaten to death by cops and then later you hear some rapper using his death as a stupid punch line....wouldnt you be pissed? eminem has never made a punch about an actual person that was brutally murdered. ye he'll make up some story about raping a fat bitch, but its completely made up.

    • Anonymous

      Eminem is white he is not relevant With our cultural

  • Hmm

    Wayne shouldn't have to apologize for offending the family, he should excuse himself from hip-hop over the fact that he had to resort to something so stupid and generic to get his point across. The dude has completely lost his edge. Eminem says crazy shit all the damn time, who cares? It's the simplicity and lack of linear thought in anything that Wayne spits nowadays that is offensive.

  • Uhhhhhhhhhh?

    so as a community we should take blame for a self absorb, morally bankrupt, drug addict? Talib, just stop at that fool should apologize. Even if he does not...who cares? His album is garbage and he needs ghostwriters to make a good album. Whatever chances he had at being a considered one of the greatest has died and will be replaced with stories and lies set-up by his record label. Keep skating Wayne...and go far far away

  • LOLOLOLOLOLOL

    LOL @ all of the people on here defending lil wayne...how do you defend what he said? thats pretty funny...all this simple snotnosed country boys mad at Talib for being morally sound...pretty funny when you think about it

  • Anonymous

    Talib should apologize for being such a wack rapper and FACT: his knowledge of black history in general and Brooklyn history in particular is VERY weak. If any of ya'll have a chance to meet nerd you'd learn the same... No wonder he has to bully a tard like Wayne.

  • Anonymous

    i think its more of a who saying the shit. Mc's that are not racially conscious can talk some recklessness, but then again you couldn't put out a line like that and pretend it was in good intent. Not even if you were RZa who said "my clan increase like black unemployment" on ET36C but you get an idea of where the individuals mind is at as to what is going on in RAP culture.

    • anonymous

      Bad example since there was/is such thing as increasing black unemployment and the Wu did grow like that since Rza said that line.

  • BLACK

    MY OPINION IS THAT TALIB KWELI SHOULD SHUT THE FUCK UP CUZ HE COLLABORATES WITH RAPPERS THAT TALK NEGATIVE SHIT!! THIS IS WORSE THAN SELLING OUT, THIS NIGGA IS TRYING TO SELL ALBUMS BY HATING ON OTHER NIGGAZ!!!

  • MGRUPPE.COM

    WHEN THAT ALBUM DROPPIN TALIB?

  • brollya

    and he should apologize to his fans for doin a song wit mack maine and lil wayne

  • WestCoast17

    Fuck bois, get over it, stupid line from a insanely stupid dude. what more do you expect? Wayne has about 2 neurons firing at any given time, u cant expect him to even know what he's talking about 99 % of the time. fuck wayne, fuk his music...and fuck this big outcry, life goes on

    • BK ALL DAY

      true dat, shit was dumb to say but dat cus wayne is a dumbass nigg@, him apolagizing wont do shit. This Brain-dead fool only got maybe 3 seizures left in him anyway before his ass is dead.

  • Down south

    Wayne should apologize to the Till family. Anyone that disagree should maybe read up on Emmett Till's story, and then put yourself in that family's place.

  • Weezy

    Talib should apologize for not having a decent album in years. YMCMB

  • black tone

    yeah what a goofball he is

  • poppa large

    talib needs to eat a dik and shut up with his boring preachy no edge music. pansy ass biatch!

  • Ricky Rozay

    This old ass nigga got an album comin out or something thats why he openin his fat mouth. Yesterday it was Ross today its Wayne. This bitchass say this shit but would work with Wayne in a second. Wayne an idiot for sayin that Emmitt Till line but this nigga would work with Wayne again in the second and he know it. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Fukmmg

      Hey Ricky Rogay your moms pussy smells like rick ross' belly button

    • Anonymous

      rozay and wayne have a new song coming out about drugging and raping emmit tills family

    • Ryan

      Obviously you can't read. He just said he would work with Lil Wayne in an attempt to bring light to the ignorant fool's eyes. As Kweli said, "To me, the better way is through outreach and unity in Hip Hop finding the similarities rather than the differences. Thats why I always work for these artists."

    • Anonymous

      He said it in the same interview, retard.

  • Cash_Money_Killaz

    REAL HIPHOP FANS Feel Lil Wayne Should Apologize To THE HIPHOP COMMUNITY FOR DESTROYING HIPHOP WITH HIS WACK ALBUMS AND WACK YMCMB CREW

  • anonymous

    lil wayne should do us all a favor and shoot himself in the face.

  • dentaldamboy

    True story...last night a chick stopped by and she was too drunk to drive home after so she had to stay over. And I don't sleep well when I have a stranger in my bed. So I bumped Talib Kweli's Eardrum album to help myself fall asleep. Worked like a charm.

  • insanemacbeth

    I'm a wanker

  • Omar

    I take no responsibility for the line. I stated that he needed his ass whooped when he said it.

  • Joshua

    How come this is a big issue when on c3 Ms Officer he had that line, "Rodney King baby yeah I beat it like a cop" Equally offensive to the King family

  • Anonymous

    Talib Kweli needs to stop moralizing and shut the fuck up. It's none of his goddamn business whether Wayne apologizes or not. He really isn't a part of this situation. He needs to stop commenting on niggas lyrics and consentrate on saving his career instead. That line was in bad taste though, I agree with him.

    • Hmm

      "That line was in bad taste though, I agree with him." NIGGA, YOU NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON YOUR INTERNET CAREER! THIS SHIT AINT NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS, AINT NOTHING THAT WAYNE SPITS ANYBODY'S DAMN BITNEZZ! IN FACT, HE'S NOT FROM EARF, HE'S A MARSHUN, MOFUQQA, HEEE-HEEE, YYYYYEAAAHHHH, YEAAAHHHHHH -stroke- Hypocrite much?

    • bt

      Agreed with ETK. Also, you're probably one of the more intelligent individuals speaking in truths.

    • Gee Notes

      He comments because they interviewed him. I doubt he called them up and gave his opinion and told them to publish it. They asked him for his opinion. You're just mad no one gives a fuck about yours.

    • Rap Power

      U niggaz are stupid, fuck rap its about real life and maturity. You criticizing Talib for what ?? That Till line is just unnecessary, just as it is when Wayne says other dumb shit. Fuck entertainment weve got a responsibility as people....

    • ETK

      that's sort of why he said, right there in the article "it's not for me to say". funny, he can't voice his opinion when butt niggas here who ain't even go to school are shitting on even more trivial matters than this? The Emmett Till matter is a controversial issue, it's as much his business as anyone who chose to voice their opinion on it. and that makes just about most of us.

  • dilli

    can he just shut up? thanks.

  • TROLLING

    ONLY YM WOULD COME UP WITH A DUMBASS LINE LIKE THAT, THAT LABEL IS THE POISON OF HIP HOP

  • Chris Etrata

    Wayne should not only apologize to Till's family but to everyone that hates his music. Then, he needs to retire for his own good.

  • Anonymous

    The problem with todays rappers and hip hop is people like officer ricky who have made it cool and ok to lie and do and say anything on record and think you can get away with it just because the music is bumping. these are grown men in the 30's and 40's not children so they should be man enough to face the consequences and man up. you can't keep saying oh its ok the music is good i dont care.

    • will2gsup

      That respond from ETK was the realest on this thread.

    • ETK

      co-sign, this is the exact problem T.I. had an issue with in regards to hip-hop when he was debating retirement. no one is held accountable for their actions or what they say anymore. You can go in the booth and rap about 10x the things you actually have, and get away with it. I don't think T.I. is the best rapper in the world but he's always kept it real in his records. And whatever you think of him or rappers, keepin it real is basically 90s code! if you were found bullshittin your ass through your verses back then you'd get popped or seriously lambasted for it. Held accountable! you had to watch where you step. today you got fat niggas getting famous off of criminals' identity. god damn. I'm not saying hip-hop is dead but it sure took a left turn.

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