Lil Wayne Releases Public Apology To The Family Of Emmett Till

Lil Wayne claims "tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy," after admitting his inappropriate mention of Emmett Till.

In February of this year, Lil Wayne made national headlines for a lyric on Future's "Karate Chop (Remix)." The New Orleans, Louisiana emcee-turned-mogul rapped, "I beat the pussy up like Emmett Till." The crude simile was comparing sex to the 1955 hate-crime murder of the 15 year-old Till, for allegedly winking at a White woman in Mississippi. Following the song's release, Emmett Till's cousin publicly criticized Lil Wayne's racial "pride and dignity" for the deeply insensitive lyrics.

Over two and a half months later, Lil Wayne, who was hospitalized for seizures in early March (during which time the Till family offered prayer on his behalf), has publicly apologized for his lyrics. This is the letter, as is it appeared at MissInfo.TV, is re-published 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
"

This apology follows a similar apology concerning offensive content, written by rapper Rick Ross, concerning his perceived rape lyrics from an appearance on Rocko's "U.E.N.O." Due to the lyrics, public petition from womens rights groups, and delayed apology, the rapper lost an endorsement partnership with Reebok which was believed to be worth as much as $5 million.

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113 Comments

  • Kril

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  • Anonymous

    "Xzibit never said anything about Chris Reeve" 3 Card Molly off 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz.

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  • Ricky Rozay

    People want Wayne to die so they dont have to hear his music anymore because apparently praying for the demise of another human being takes less effort than changing the radio station every now and then. Anyways, just because someone is responsible for their own downfall, doesnt mean that you cant or shouldnt feel bad for their situation. I have sympathy for Wayne and hope he finds the strength to turn things around for himself. Bawse!!!!!!!

    • Ricky Rozay

      ^really? u wanna wish death on another man b/c of his music preference? You sound like a nice person *sarcasm* Bawse!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      I pray every night that Ricky Rozay (the MMG stan) and William Roberts choke on a piece of crab meat and die

    • Anonymous

      i know you're usually trolling but this time i actually agree with everything you said.

  • Raze

    A better apology: "Yo Till family, I Lil Wayne just wanted to say sorry for that fucked up line I said using your dead relatives name. I just be in the studio getting drunk and high and shit sounded clever at the time. But now I realize, I was a dumb mufucka for saying that ignorant shit and I'm sorry. As a token of my sincerity, I'd like U to have this $50,000 in Popeyes gift cards. I'm just being upfront, like Rosa Parks, ya dig.

  • Art Brooks

    Obviously your attorney wrote this shit for U. That's insincere, ya bitch

  • Evanator

    Wayne is a fucking disgrace to music. This is proof.

  • Z

    Waynes real letter: Dear Till Families, I is sorry for speaking bad abouts M-et. Please don't be mad at me. I has childrens 2 and my career is almost over. Love, Wayne

    • OM3gA

      haha wen writin the song he prob was lik "ok wat i write??.. hmm i beat that puusy like ...a cat? nah i used that too much ... rodney?.... been said already... ummm" *googles people that been beaten up "who da fuk is emmitt till?" YOLO ill put dat on my song"

  • Another Thumbs Up!

    Nice job to Rozay's PR kid too, if only he'd cleared you to write up that eloquent apology for him a couple weeks earlier...

  • Anonymous

    Eminem - No Apologies

  • Thumbs Up

    Nicely written, PR Intern!!

  • Anonymous

    you can tell this apology was written for him by someone. He is too dumb to construct suck gramma.

    • Anonymous

      he didnt really attend. it was just promo for the school. you think that nigga was going to class 20 hours a week staying up late writing papers? fuck outta here. he didnt even graduate high school so how the fuck would he get into university of houston. oh yeah only because he is famous.

    • Anonymous

      He attended the University of Houston while you stayed at home in hate. Go back to school youngster learn how to pen a letter like this.

    • ^

      No. He's not intelligent.

    • Anonymous

      um im not a fan of his music but lil wayne is actually really intelligent. youre just being spiteful

  • gnigga_pleeze

    not a wayne fan but I respect this. I hope he's being sincere

    • Anonymous

      hes not though. thats why its 3 months later and sounds like it was written by a publicist. he got scared he was gonna lose that mountain dew money and made a phone call to his people to handle this

  • thefed

    yo, is it me or there isnt one "sorry" in this apology. did i miss it? he never said he was sorry.

  • Anonymous

    "Show some respect to Emmett Till and the Till family, fuckboy. And thats coming from a hispanic" Was this meant to scare people? Go have a bean burrito and shut the fuck up.

    • OM3gA

      funny how u didnt even reply directly to his comment tho?? n anyways he was probably tryin to say that even him a hispanic shows respect to Till (a black person). y the fuk he b threatening ppl over a computer? stupid racist bitches these days

  • Anonymous

    "He crossed the line and said something very offensive about someone who was killed in a hate crime" Did Christopher Reeve's family cry when Xhibit made a reference about him? Don't listen to rap music if your ears are that sensitive.

  • Rreal Talk

    forced apology shit

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Wayne's lawyer lol

  • Anonymous

    Wayne is 1 of the realest rappers ever.. Tru and intelligent guy

  • asg

    LOL omg who puts just BEST, on a apology letter like this

  • Anonymous

    "Those Trukfit clothes are collecting dust at Macy's" He still got paid.

  • Anonymous

    LOL I doubt he wrote this.

  • Anonymous

    Has to be the most insincere apology in the history of apologies. This clown only cares about money, drugs, and pussy.

    • ^

      I believe in freedom of speech, but there are certain lines that can't be crossed and Wayne crossed that line.

    • Stan

      ^^^^^ no im stan, and he's right the guy has freedom of speech and i personally think he shouldn't have

    • ^

      He crossed the line and said something very offensive about someone who was killed in a hate crime. Stop defending this piece of shit, stanley.

    • Anonymous

      He didn't have to apologize to begin with because he has the freedom of speech to say whatever the fuck he wants when he wants. This is PC bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    Took him long enough. He's still garbage, but at least he apologized.

  • yepyep

    everytime i see someone wear trukfit i assumed they sucked a niggas dik for it

  • Anonymous

    So the Lil nicca had another seizure last night and had to go to the hospital.

  • Anonymous

    Gille Da Kid wrote this for Lil Wayne

  • dentaldamboy

    Wayne issued the appology cause he felt bad for those peasents. Trukfit is one of Macy's best-selling brands. They wouldn't dare remove it from thier inventory. Wayne has Macy's by the clit and YMCMB has the rap game by the clit.

  • HAHA

    Emmet tills family just sensitive

  • John-Boy

    He only did this cause he doesn't want to lose his endorsements like Rick False did.

  • YMCMB OVA ERRYTHANG

    WAYNE IS ONE OF THE SMARTEST RAPPERS OUT THERE HE FINISHED UNIVERSITY GOT A DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY KNOWS HOW TO MARKET MUSIC TOWARDS PEOPLE. I BET ALL YOUR FAVOURITE RAPPERS DIDNT EVEN FINISH COLLEGE HAHA

    • @ YMCMB OVA ERRYTHANGGG

      You obviously never graduated college, or even enrolled. Dumb ass motherfuckers graduate from college everyday. It is a $300 billion dollar industry...professors pass retarded kids all the time. It's a business. Secondly, an undergraduate degree doesn't make you Will Hunting. Moron.

    • ^

      Having a degree doesn't make you intelligent and Wayne is far from intelligent.

    • actually

      actually it is true... wayne did graduate from a university and does have a degree... he's actually very intelligent to be that big of a druggy

    • ^

      You just described yourself right now.

    • YMCMB OVA ERRYTHANG

      LOOK AT THIS LOW LIFE SCUMBAG WITH NO COMEBACKS SO HE RESORTS TO MAKING JOKES ABOUT A MAN HAVING A SEIZURE. THIS TYPE OF NIGGA STAYS LIVING OF HIS MOTHERS WELFARE CHECK FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE HAHA.

    • Anonymous

      Wayne is not smart, just an opportunist; two different things. Mack Maine handles all of Wayne's business.

    • Anonymous

      heard your idol just had another seizure! LMAO

    • YMCMB OVA ERRYTHANGGG

      This nigga claiming bullshit lol wayne did finish university he does have a degree its actually a fact stop denying it you jealous nigga. Secondly wayne isn't dumb if he was he would be a broke ass nigga like you living in your mothers basement hating on ymcmb and trying to deny facts hahahaha.

    • Anonymous

      Wayne didnt even finish high school. That nigga is borderline retarded. He definitely didn't get a real degree in anything. and didn't put in no work for a psychology degree when he was busy touring the world fucked out of his head on syrup.

    • So icy sucks dick

      For real I want to get paid for trolling for ymcmb 2.

  • d-nucks

    Fuck this bullshit apology....He has had MONTHS to adress this situation. He getting scared cause he saw how Ross's reebok deal got shut down. The till family said they were about to go after Mountain Dew... SO A BLACK FAMILY THAT YOU DISRESEPECTED, COUL'NT GET YOU TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEM? SOON AS THEY GO AFTER YOUR SPONSOR...YOU SAY SORRY....I BET A WHITE MAN FROM MOUNTAIN DEW CALLED WAYNE AND TOLD HIM TO APOLOGIZE OR ITS A WRAP. SHIT IS WEAK.

  • Anonymous

    AKA "PLEASE DON'T GO AFTER MY MOUNTAIN DEW ENDORSEMENT DEAL OR MY SHOE DEAL !!!!"

  • Divine Ass Nigga

    This nigga looks like a rodent

  • Anonymous

    He never really "apologized," only said he'd never reference them again. Weak sauce "apology", if you can call it that, and that'd be if he even wrote it himself, which I'm sure he didn't. Personally I think this all should've been looked at from the perspective of entertainment, but Wayne, if you're going to attempt to mend the wounds you opened, your team of publicity reps could've done better than this.

  • Mares

    If he apologizes the white-skinned people will say he only did it to avoid issues with his sponsors and if he dOesent apologize they will call him insensitive. I believe in freedom of speech and artistic expression and a world were Emenim can threaten to rape his own mother in a song.

    • Yo Mama

      Nobody cares about eminem's mom or what he does with her fuck that it's obviously fiction you moron. Emmett Till is a symbol to all minorities of how cruel and unfair this world was to dark skin citizens of the USA. Wayne has the freedom to say whatever he wants its not illegal but we have the right to protest his speech and pressure corporations that use his image to influence the youth of america to drink that shit. You have the freedom to stay ignorant!!

    • Anonymous

      Do you even know who Emmett Till was?

  • Bolgne

    Wayne didnt write that sh*t. We all know his best material was written by someone else... down to his raps.

  • RDCJ

    I really hope he means that!!!

  • lovelife&music

    he only apologized because they was coming after his sponsors

  • Anonymous

    I'd like to see him actually attempt to read that. What a joke.

  • Shady305

    And it should end here. He apologized, lets move forward.

  • crazy mann running 100000 an house 666 demon food mustahs

    i told u son of bitches before il rip yur soul out and throw it n the floor, i seen son f a bitches get thrown on the ground with their house on te ground , i seen a dead dog i riped his head off and put it on ,im still talking to the mother fucker

  • Kiffany

    It's a dang shame it took this long to get an apology smh. Y'all should checkout thegrandreport, they be having some old stuff too

  • Anonymous

    I'm sure none of this came from him. Why wait until they want boycott MD until they drop your ass! Fuck Gayne and his crew!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah this just makes him look bad because months have gone by and he said nothing until the Till family was going to go after his sponsors and fuck his money up like Rick Ross. And he didnt write that. Looks just like that publicist manufactured apology Rape Ross made.

  • ...

    Weird how this apology came only after the Till family were trying to get him dropped by Mountain Dew.

  • dentaldamboy

    At YMCMB, we get laid by women each night. Lil Wayne's been a father to at least a dozen kids.

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