Future says that Lil Wayne’s controversial Emmett Till lyric has ultimately had a positive effect on the community.
In a recent interview with Power 106, the Freebandz singer discussed the remix of his song “Karate Chop,” in which Lil Wayne raps that he, “beats the pu**y up like Emmett Till.” Although Future says the situation surrounding the lyric was unfortunate, he believes Weezy’s notorious rhyme has ultimately raised awareness about Till’s murder.
“We did the song with great intentions – I know he did the verse for the art – but speaking on the situation, I can’t speak on it,” he said. “I never thought it was going to get so much attention, but I think overall, the whole situation, he did bring light in a positive way to what happened. Even though [Emmett Till's family] probably thought it was negative, he brought positive energy to the situation because a lot of people don’t even know [who Emmett Till was] – my dad didn’t even know who Emmett was, he thought I was talking about Emmett Smith. I’m talking a lot of that are people around me, credible people, that should be like, ‘Man, you don’t even know who Emmett Till is?’ He raised awareness to people who didn’t even know Emmett Till.”
Earlier this month, it was announced that Mountain Dew dropped Lil Wayne as a sponsor in response to the controversy surrounding the lyric.
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