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Apology not accepted

An apology from Li’l Wayne. I understand this is his apology to the Till family for making such a horrendous string of lyrics in this music (which in my opinion sucks). This went below and beyond sick and insensitive.

Dear Till Family:

As a recording artist, I have alway 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

Okay I’m missing something here.

Where is the apology to women for making a reference about violating vaginas? And where is the media standing alongside women that have suffered sexual assault? And why isn’t Mountain Dew incensed about the violent reference to sexual acts on a woman?

Dammit, I’m so tired of the negation of this issue.

Oh, and finally. These F*****S don’t give a damn about who they hurt until it threatens their endorsements. When it hits their pocket they express sorrow and apologies. Bullshit.

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