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05/01/2013 02:39 pm ET Updated May 02, 2013

Lil Wayne Emmett Till Lyric: Rapper Issues Apology To Till Family

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After two months of backlash stemming from the controversial lyric he dropped on Future’s “Karate Chop (Remix),”, Lil Wayne has finally made amends and issued an official apology to the family of Emmett Till.

In a letter posted on Missinfo.tv, Weezy took accountability for his actions and admitted that he supported Epic Records’ decision to remove the unauthorized version of the mixtape track.

Dear Till Family:

As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists.

It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys.

Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue.

I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.

Best,
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
Lil Wayne

The Grammy Award-winner’s apology comes on the heels of reports that the Till family were actively seeking action against the New Orleans-native after his unwillingness to apologize for his offensive lyric, aiming at his endorsement with Pepsi Co-owned soft drink, Mountain Dew.

The Huffington Post reached out to Pepsi for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication. Check back here for updates.

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