Epic Records Chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid has apologized to the family of slain civil rights figure Emmett Till and his label is working to remove from circulation a remix of the track Karate Chop by Atlanta rapper Future that included a vulgar sexual reference by fellow rapper Lil Wayne invoking Till’s name.
“Just ended a conversation with L.A. Reid, CEO of Epic,” reads a recent post on the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation Facebook page. Mobley was Till’s mother. “He apologized to me and our family and stated the song is being pulled. ‘Future’ owns the rights to the song so they have the power to pull it.
“Mr. Reid stated the song was leaked out and he had not heard the lyrics. He is a man of integrity that values our family’s legacy and wouldn’t allow such heinous usage of Emmett Till’s name or dishonor his memory. We have yet to hear from Lil Wayne’s camp.”