When Lil Wayne dropped the classy line “beat that p*ssy up like Emmet Till” earlier this year, the backlash was swift and severe. Epic Records head L.A. Reid apologized to Till’s family, claiming the line came from an unauthorized remix. Weezy’s buddy Stevie Wonder distanced himself from the rapper, telling him to directly apologize to the family as well.
But Wayne is too rock and roll for apologies, and defied critics due to the whole “artistic freedom” thing. As it turns out, he’s only rock and roll as far the endorsement deals will take him, and with the threat of losing a major Mountain Dew sponsorship looming, Wayne released the following letter of apology (written and released by his lawyers, of course):
Dear Till Family:
As a recording artist, I have always 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...