Listening Between the Lines: 2013 Lyrics that Sparked National Conversations

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  • Brad Paisley and LL Cool J
  • "Karate Chop Remix"
  • Furture and Lil Wayne
  • “'U.O.E.N.O.”
  • Rocko, Future and Rick Ross
  • “New Slaves”
  • Kanye West
  • “It’s a Cold World-A Trayvon Martin Tribute”
  • Young Jeezy
  • "You"
  • Chief Keef
  • "No Guns Allowed"
  • Snoop Dogg
  • "Chum"
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Top Socially Concious Songs of the Year
  • Black Skinhead
  • Kanye West
  • Crooked Smile
  • J.Cole
  • "Oceans" Featuring Frank Ocean
  • Jay Z
  • “Accidental Racist”

Furture and Lil Wayne

Weezy’s offensive lyrics about Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black boy who was brutally murdered in 1955 for allegedly “flirting with a white woman,” ignited backlash from the Till family and more. Although Tunechi apologized to the Till family, his lyrical snafu cost him his contract with Pepsi Co as the spokesman for Mountain Dew.

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