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Future thinks Lil Wayne raised awareness of Emmett Till


Several hip-hop controversies have dominated entertainment news headlines this year, not the least of which was Lil Wayne and his lyrics on the remix for Future’s single “Karate Chop.” Upon hearing Lil Wayne claim to “beat the p—-y up like Emmett Till,” fans and critics were outraged, with the backlash eventually culminating in Weezy losing his endorsement deal with Mountain Dew.

Future was asked about the controversy during an interview with Big Boy on his popular radio show, and he offered a different perspective on Wayne’s lyrics, intentions and the aftermath.

“We did the song with great intentions,” Future told Big Boy about the track. “I never thought it was going to get so much attention. But I think, overall, with the whole situation, he did bring light, in a positive way, to what happened.”

Till’s family issued a statement criticizing Wayne’s lyrics shortly after the song’s release. The rap superstar remained unresponsive until it was reported that PepsiCo was considering dissolving his Mountain Dew endorsement deal in the wake of the backlash. Wayne said that he would never intentionally disrespect Till, who was murdered in 1955 at the age of 15 for flirting with a white woman in Mississippi. The slain teenager’s family, however, dismissed Wayne’s attempt to explain himself.

But even with all of the bad feelings between the various parties, Future says the entire episode was a good thing and raised awareness of Till’s story.

“Even though they might [have] thought it was negative, he brought positive energy to the situation because a lot of people don’t know, my dad didn’t even know who Emmett was,” Future revealed. “He’s thinking I’m talking about [former NFL great] Emmitt Smith. … He raised awareness to people who didn’t even know who Emmett Till is to young kids who didn’t even know what happened to him. … After Lil Wayne brought light to it, they had to go and do their research.”


  1. Notya Biznes on May 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Sad that this fool thinks Wayne heightened awareness of Emmett Till! I made my daughter write a report on him when she was 10 (she’s 15 now)! It was a pivotal moment in civil rights due to the heinous nature and Emmett’s mom’s decision to allow his body be viewed as open casket. THAT heightened awareness! Not to mention, who could EVER forget that Jet cover? I offically think dude is a lame now. I hate to see under-informed black people… No idea where they are going because they have no idea where they have been… It’s a shame and embarassing that his daddy didn’t know who Emmett was either… Who gave these clowns a mike?

    • madpoet on June 10, 2013 at 7:26 am

      This is a testimony to the damn ignorance of these dumb ass rappers who are putting this poison into these kids brains! The devil is doing his work thru this wicked music and we can thank Greedy Ass Bob Johnson for.selling BET to the devil and given him direct access to screwing up our kids future with this ignorant ass music. Old heads like myself do not even listen to this buffoonery negative non lyrical b/s they call hip hop. Either the Artists are negative or their mainstream! No pure lyricist have come out of the last 15 yrs of 1 hit wonders & the ignorance just get worse each year!