NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Epic Records is going to "great efforts" to take down a new Future remix leaked over the weekend with a vulgar Lil Wayne lyric that has offended the family of Emmett Till.
A statement from the label issued Wednesday night says the company is making the move "out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family."
The New Orleans rapper made a sexual reference involving the beating death of Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy tortured and shot in Mississippi in 1955 for whistling at a white woman. Till's family objected and the Rev. Jesse Jackson reached out to his management, The Blueprint Group, on the family's behalf.
Neither Jackson nor members of Till's family could be reached late Wednesday. A publicist says Weezy has had no comment so far.