Lil Wayne may be the next rapper to lose his endorsement over offensive lyrics….but I doubt it.
So in Future’s song “Karate Chop,” Wayne raps:
Pop a lot of pain pills/Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that p*ssy up like Emmett Till
Now in case you don’t know your black history…
Till was brutally murdered in 1955 at the age of 14 in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman by the name of Carolyn Bryant. Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam took Till, who was visiting from Chicago, from his uncle’s home to a barn where they beat him, gouged out his eyes and shot him in the head. They later tied him to a cotton gin fan and tossed his body into the Tallahatchie River. He was found three days later.
When his body was returned to Chicago, his mother insisted his casket be left open so the world could see the brutality of his murder.
Till’s killing, and the subsequent acquittal of Bryant and Milam sparked outrage across the country and is widely viewed as a tipping for the civil rights movement.
Now, back to the story.
Lil Wayne hasn’t made an apology of any kind. So the family is trying to convince Mountain Dew to drop Weezy as a client.
Gordon-Taylor, Director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, Simeon Wright and Pastor Wheeler Parker, Jr., who were witnesses to the Till tragedy, recently released a joint video expressing their disgust with the lyrics.
“When I heard the Wayne lyrics on the song I was shocked. I was outraged that someone would use Emmett Till in the rapping genre to disrespect not only Emmett Till, but our black women,” Wright said. “Whatever happened to respect? Whatever happened to common sense? If we continue down this road we’re going to destroy ourselves.”