There have always been stories of people becoming seriously disillusioned when they reach a certain level of fame. Part of this may be because they’re living a level of privilege most of us will never reach. But that doesn’t justify being so out of touch that you’re convinced racism doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, that’s the predicament Lil Wayne has gotten himself into.
Hip-Hop is responding to racist comments that are reportedly the words of LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling. Both Lil Wayne and Snoop dog have shared their feelings about Sterling and the LA Clippers in published videos:
Yesterday, we told you about the controversy surrounding a recent Lil Wayne video that seemed to show the New Orleans rapper stepping all over the American flag.
Lil Wayne has responded to the controversy, releasing a statement earlier today.
Weezy says he had no intention of desecrating the American flag, and that the video that surfaced online captures a camera trick in progress.
While many of us are still buzzing about Jay-Z’s 5-minute record promotion commercial that aired yesterday during the NBA Finals, clips of Lil Wayne stomping on an American flag have surfaced.
The video for Weezy’s track, “God Bless America” hasn’t been released yet, but we’re sure this clip will stir the waters of controversy:
Apparently Lil Wayne’s “apology” letter didn’t impress Emmett Till’s family… or PepsiCo.
The rapper has been dropped as spokesperson for PepsiCo.’s Mountain Dew line.
The company decided to part ways with Weezy last Friday:
Earlier this week we reported that Lil Wayne had issued a letter to Emmett Till’s family, apologizing for using Till’s name in the song “Karate Chop.”
Well, a spokesperson for the family dismissed the apology, claiming that it was inadequate.
“While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to ‘not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,’ this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned,” Airickca Gordon-Taylor, who is also executive director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, said.
After threats to jeopardize his endorsement deal with Mountain Dew, Lil Wayne has issued a formal apology to the family of Emmett Till.
Wayne offending many with lyrics in Future’s “Karate Chop (remix)” that referenced the Civil Rights martyr in a profane way:
“Pop a lot of pain pills / ‘Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels / Beat that p—y up like Emmett Till / Yeah …”
The family of the late Emmett Till have not forgotten about an offensive Lil Wayne lyric invoking the Civil Rights martyr’s name.
And although the song – Future’s “Karate Chop” remix – has been pulled from airwaves, Wayne has yet to apologize.
So the Till family plans to pressure corporate sponsor Mountain Dew to drop their endorsement deal with the rapper.
The family of the late Emmett Till have penned an open letter to Lil Wayne.
The letter challenges the Young Money emcee to address the controversy surrounding the lyrics, a and implores him to help educate others on the story of Emmett Till.
Check out an excerpt below.
Yesterday marked a week since the “unofficial” release of “Karate Chop~remix” inclusive of your lyrics. The words we speak are powerful enough for preservation of life but also have the capacity to destroy it. When you spit lyrics like “Beat that p—-y up like Emmett Till”, not only are you destroying the preservation and legacy of Emmett Till’s memory and name, but the impact of his murder in black history along with degradation of women.
Epic Records has announced they will be going to “great efforts” to pull a leaked song that features a Lil Wayne lyric that references Emmett Till.
The line, from Future’s “Karate Chop” remix features the line, “Pop a lot of pain pills / ‘Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels / Beat that p—y up like Emmett Till / Yeah …”
Yesterday, we reported that the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation were deeply offended by the lyric, and demanded it be taken down.