Epic Records has vowed to to remove the remix of Future’s “Karate Chop,” which features a guest verse from Lil Wayne, from the internet. Civil Rights groups criticized the song due to one of Wayne’s lines, where he promises to “Beat that pussy up like Emmett Till.”
(Emmett Till was a 14 year-old African-American boy who was beaten to death by a white mob in Mississippi in 1955.) Via Hip Hop DX:
According to Associated Press, Epic Records has responded to the backlash. After the Rev. Jesse Jackson reached out to Wayne’s management The Blueprint Group on the family’s behalf, the label has released a statement claiming that the remix was “unauthorized” and that it leaked online. The label promised to make efforts to erase the track from the web, stating that an official version of the song will be released at a later time that “will not include such references.”
“We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s 'Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics,” the statement said. “Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family and the support of the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. ... we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized version.”
Right, because it’s totally possible to erase something from the internet.