Emmett Till’s Family Dismiss Lil Wayne’s “Apology;” Call for Face-to-Face Meeting

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.

From Rolling Stone:

 

“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.

VIDEO: Janelle Monae’s “Q.U.E.E.N.” f/ Erykah Badu

Yesterday, two of our absolute favorites – Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu – unleashed a brand new video, “Q.U.E.E.N.

“Q.U.E.E.N.” is the first single from Monae’s forthcoming album Electric Lady; and it’s probably the funkiest thing you’ll hear all year!

Only two R&B phenoms like Janelle and Erykah could give us something like this.

Check out “Q.U.E.E.N.” below:

Principal Fires Security Guards and Invests in Arts Programs; Transforms School!

Like many schools around the country, Roxbury, MA’s Orchard Gardens was plagued by violence, lack of organization, and falling test scores.

Then school principal Andrew Bott (the 6th in seven years) came along and changed everything.

He immediately fired the school’s many security guards, and invested that money into art teachers, programs, and facilities.

Mountain Dew Pulls Tyler, The Creator Ad After Accusations of Racism

Tyler, the Creator teamed up with Mountain Dew, and …racism happened?

 

PepsiCo, which owns Mountain Dew, has pulled the ad.

 

In the 60-second spot developed by African-American rapper Tyler, the Creator, a battered white woman on crutches is urged by an officer to identify a suspect out of a lineup of black men. A talking goat named Felicia is included in the lineup. The goat makes threatening remarks to the woman including, “Keep ya mouth shut.”

Lil Wayne Issues Formal Apology to Emmett Till Family

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 …”

Check out Lil Wayne’s apology below:

Emmett Till’s Family Plan to Pressure Mountain Dew to End Endorsement Deal w/ Lil Wayne

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.

Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Asad Jafri About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes & Reasons proudly presents our interview with Asad Jafri.

Rhymes & Reasons is international!

Asad Jafri, the former Director of Arts & Culture at IMAN spoke to us recently from Malaysia about songs by KRS-One, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and Killah Priest. We rapped about history, religion, and growing up Pakistani-American in Kuwait.

 Check out the interview below!