Despite protests, “Karate Chop” with a Lil’ Wayne featuring is available for download on iTunes.
It is ironic given that Epic Records President L.A. Reid promised to remove Lil’ Wayne from the track.
Future took to Twitter to announce ‘his’ good news.
“They tried to ban us, but we’re still Freebandz! #KarateChop feat Lil Wayne is now on iTunes,” he wrote.
Lil’ Wayne drew much criticism after he disrespected a fallen Civil Rights icon with a rap line in Future’s ‘Karate Chop’ remix.
In the song, Wayne raps, ““Beat that pu**y up like Emmett Till.” Lil’ Wayne can be heard laughing after saying the line.”
In the official release, the line was edited out.
In a PR move to settle the controversy, Reid told the news outlets and the Till family the song was not the official release.
“This is not the official version,” Reid told The Chicago Sun Times. “We understand the sensitivity of this.”
Reid said there was no authorization for the leak, according to The Sun Times. Epic Records later removed Lil’ Wayne from the song and replaced him with rapper Casino.
It comes as a surprise to many that Lil’ Wayne was placed back onto the official song.
But Future has came to the Young Money Cash Money general’s defense. Future told MTV News Lil’ Wayne ‘had no bad intentions.”
“It was a hot song, we did it from a good place with great intentions, just to add some life on to the song,” Future said.
“The record it was done from a good place, good art, he ain’t have no bad intentions when he was thinking about it like that.”
Emmett Louis Till was a 14-year-old African American Chicago teen murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after allegedly whistling at a white woman. The teen was in the Mississippi Delta region visiting family members.
The event took place after Till allegedly showed friends a photograph of himself in an integrated school. Till said he had a white girlfriend to the young boys’ disbelief. Till was dared by some of the local boys to talk to a white woman who was running a store.
A few days later after the incident, the woman’s husband Roy Bryant and half brother J.W. Milam arrived at the teen’s great-uncle’s house and took him to a barn, tortured him and gouged out one of his eyes. They shot the Chicago boy in the head, tied a cotton gin fan around his neck with barbwire and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River. His body was recovered three days later.
Till’s mother Mamie Till held an open casket funeral for the world to see the brutal nature of her son’s murder. Bryant and Milam were brought to trial for Till’s death and later acquitted. A few months later, the two boldly admitted to killing the teen in a magazine interview. Bryant and Milam were protected by double jeopardy, which prevents a defendant from being charged with the same crime after being acquitted.
Lil’ Wayne has yet to comment on the issue.
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