Stevie Wonder Offended by Lil Wayne’s Emmett Till Lyric

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Stevie Wonder Offended by Lil Wayne’s Emmett Till Lyric

The music legend expresses his disappointment in Weezy's choice of words.

Published February 15, 2013

Lil Wayne has been catching slack from everyone over his vulgar verse on a remix to Future’s "Karate Chop" that leaked over the weekend. In the verse, Weezy makes a bad choice in words when he spits a lyric comparing a woman’s anatomy to Emmett Till’s horrific death. The racy line, “Beat that p---y up like Emmett Till,” shocked many.

The Till family immediately expressed their anger to Future’s label, Epic Records. Now, Stevie Wonder has something to say about the Young Money rapper’s words. He opened up about Lil Wayne’s controversial lyric in an interview on Thursday. 

"You can’t equate that to Emmett Till. You just cannot do that. … I think you got to have someone around you that – even if they are the same age or older – is wiser to say, 'Yo, that's not happening. Don’t do that.'"

"Sometimes people have to put themselves in the place of people who they are talking about. Imagine if that happened to your mother, brother, daughter or your son. How would you feel? Have some discernment before we say certain things. That goes for me or any other (song) writer," Wonder added.

As a friend of Lil Wayne and a fan, Wonder just hopes that Weezy understands the impact of his words.


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Written by Jazmine A. Ortiz


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