It looks like Lil Wayne isn’t quite out of the woods with regard to his controversial lyric in the remix of Future’s “Karate Chop.” Now, one of R&B’s most celebrated figures is taking Weezy to task over his notorious reference to Emmett Till.
In a recent report from the Associated Press, legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder commented on Wayne’s infamous lyric that he “beat that pussy up like Emmett Till.” Wonder said that the YMCMB rapper crossed a line in equating Till’s racially motivated murder to sex, and added that someone should have been there put Weezy in check before the track’s release.
“You can’t equate that to Emmett Till. You just cannot do that,” he explained. “I think you got to have someone around you that – even if they are the same age or older – is wiser to say, ‘Yo, that’s not happening. Don’t do that’…sometimes people have to put themselves in the place of people who they are talking about. Imagine if that happened to your mother, brother, daughter or your son. How would you feel? Have some discernment before we say certain things. That goes for me or any other writer.”
In the wake of the song’s release, the family of Emmett Till released a statement condemning the song and demanding an apology from Lil Wayne. Epic Records ultimately pulled the “unauthorized” remix and issued an apology.