By now you have heard the latest controversy surrounding Lil Wayne and his reference of Emmett Till in the Future’s “Karate Chop” remix in which Wayne is the featured artist. Wayne’s lyric “beat the p—y up like Emmett Till equated the death of Till to a sex act has not only drawn the ire of Till’s family but has left some members of the Africa-American community scratching their heads and asking when is enough, enough?
I am an avid hip hop fan and believe in freedom of speech I myself was taken aback by Mr. Carter’s ignorance in thinking that, the line was a keeper.
This is just further proof that Wayne is not the greatest rapper that he thinks he is. Real emcees not only think of lyrics, they think about what a lyric means and the context in which a line is used. It seems to me that Wayne used this line just because it rhymed. Having said that I won’t jump on the bandwagon of criticizing Wayne even though I think he should have known better or someone in his camp should have pulled his coat in telling him he might want to re-think the lyric.
Instead I want to focus on why Wayne felt so comfortable in saying this line in the first place, with faithful almost brainwashed fans anybody that ever said anything about Wayne was labeled a hater, in turn giving Wayne the go ahead to say and do as he pleases.
Yes Wayne is not without fault and deserves the blame for such this latest display of ignorance, but this is just another in the long line of misogynist, disrespectful and questionable verses and songs that we let slide throughout the years from rappers. So why is this instance any different?
Instead of looking at the man and women in the mirror, we want to blame the record company executives who don’t have our best interest mind and are only concerned with making money that sign and push these artists that make these kind of songs.
The real onus should be on us the consumers and fans of these rappers, rather than hold them accountable we put money in their pockets. I am one for rappers making money but how can I, a lover of the hip hop culture keep quiet while such blatant disregard is awarded with platinum plaques? Without an audience maybe some of these artists and record companies might re-think what they say.
We want to get mad at Wayne for his comparison of rough sex to the beating and torture death of Emmett Till but will sing along to the lyrics of Put It In Your Mouth. Everybody is up in arms now but turn a blind eye to C-Murder thanking dope fiends for their support on the song Ghetto Dope.
If you live or have lived in the South particularly during the late 80’s and 90’s you have undoubtedly danced to and sung along to “Me So Horny” and “You Need D*ck In Your Life” and other songs like them but now want to get upset with the Emmett Till line.
I am not a Lil Wayne fan but I think it’s a little hypocritical that now we say he has gone too far when we have let him and other rappers off the hook for years, so why get mad now?