Lil Wayne’s Emmett Till Lyric Was Never Meant for Public Consumption
The saga continues regarding Lil Wayne's Emmett Till lyric. According to the producer of Future's 'Karate Chop' remix, which features Weezy's controversial lyrics, the line was never intended to be heard by the public.
Metro Boomin, a 19-year-old producer from Atlanta, crafted the beat for the track. Wayne apparently sent his verse in and the beatmaker claims once he heard the Emmett Till reference, he thought it was "no good."
"We didn't even intend for it to come out like that," he tells Vibe.com. "It was serious. I was like, 'Honestly, it will be no good' so we took the line out. But there was a music video... The whole reason the song came out prematurely is [because] it got leaked. I'm not even going to say his name. He had ripped the song off the video director's...
He goes on to explain exactly how the song fell into the wrong hands. "Uh, I guess the video director fell asleep uploading the video, to his Vimeo," Metro states. "He [the ripper] always checks the Vimeo for content and one day he lucked up on the fucking 'Karate Chop' video and he ripped the one with the Wayne verse and he put it out. On the mastered version, the final, that line wasn't in there. He [the ripper] put it out and made everybody look like douchebags, but it wasn't the plan."
Earlier this month, PepsiCo severed Lil Wayne's endorsement deal with Mountain Dew as a result of the controversy surrounding his lyrics. The company claimed that the Young Money leader's words were a "offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand."
The Emmett Till estate initially set out to have the song banned once they got wind of the vulgar remarks. Epic Records, Future's label home, pulled the version featuring Wayne from radio. The estate then requested Mountain Dew cut ties with the 'I Am Not a Human Being II' creator and ultimately won a victory.