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Emmett Till’s Family Writes Open Letter to Lil Wayne

Emmett Till and his mother

A week after the backlash stemming from Lil Wayne’s controversial Emmett Till lyric , which resulted in the record label’s decision to pull the lyric from the official release of “Karate Chop (Remix),” the late teen’s family has issued an open letter to the rapper expressing their discontent with his verse on the track.

The two-page letter, obtained exclusively by VIBE on February 20 went on to say that the Grammy Award-winner’s lyrics were not only degrading to Till’s legacy, but also to women.

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.

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