Update: The Associated Press reports that Epic Records, Lil Wayne’s label, is going through “great efforts” to have the song pulled, and referred to the track as an “unauthorized version” in a statement.
“We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s ‘Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics,” the statement from Epic said. “Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family and the support of the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. ... we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized version.”
Original Text: As HotSpotATL points out, the family of slain civil rights icon Emmett Till is petitioning to have a Lil Wayne song removed from the radio due to its offensive lyrics.
The song in question is Future’s remix of Lil Wayne’s “Karate Chop.” During one verse, Lil Wayne raps, “I pop a lot of pain pills / beat that pussy up like Emmett Till.”
Till—a 14-year old African American boy who was tortured and murdered in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman—played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement.
On the Facebook page for the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Fund (a fund named in honor of Till’s mother), Till’s cousin, Airickca Gordon-Taylor posted a message condemning Lil Wayne’s lyrics, calling them “misogynist” and “promoting domestic abuse of women in the name of Black People.”
The message urges people to call Clear Channel and demand the removal of the song.