Latifah Muhammad

Stevie Wonder Thinks Lil Wayne’s Camp Should’ve Stopped Him From Recording Emmett Till Lyric


Like many, Stevie Wonder is not happy with Lil Wayne’s distasteful use of Emmitt Till’s name, but he can’t seem to understand why no one warned the rapper beforehand. Wonder believes that rather than recording the lyrics, found on the remix to Future’s “Karate Chop” record, Weezy’s reference to the slain teen, should’ve never made it to the track.

“You just cannot do that,” Wonder said. “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.”

Weezy has been criticized for equating “beating up” a woman’s insides, to the attack received by Till, a 14-year-old killed in 1955 for whistling at a White woman.

Epic Records has decided to pull the track, vowing to re-release the song without the disrespectful line. The label reached out to Till’s family to personally apologize for the song. Wayne however has not yet offered so much as an explanation for what may have been an inability to comprehend how inappropriate the lyric was.

Photo: AP



Comment Comments: 5 Tags Tags: lil wayne, future, stevie wonder, emmett till

More Stories From Hip-Hop Wired

Leave a Comment

  • ccinkissimmee

    What a disrespectful, arrogant, & ignorant jackass. He either doesn’t know his black history, which is believable considering he dropped out in middle school, or he doesn’t care…either excuse is TOTALLY INEXCUSEABLE.

    • Whats Normal

      I think that he just doesn’t care. Somewhere along the line he turned into a complete mistral show. He loves to outdo himself on dumb ish.

  • stfukitty

    Do you really expect more out of someone like him? Common decency comes from normal civilized people. Not lil wayne.

    • Troker


  • iTs_gLoGlo

    I’m glad they’re re-releasing it cause I didn’t like that line either.