Rappers and singers have written incredibly cringe-worthy lyrics for years, there is no doubting that. But every so often, someone comes around to lower the bar to such a ridiculously low level that it makes you wonder what the hell we’re all even doing. That moment arrived recently when Future released the Lil Wayne-assisted remix of “Karate Chop”. While Weezy’s been offensively bad for a minute—do people really like “No Worries” for what he’s rapping?—he’s now simply offensive.
In the first few bars of his guest verse, the New Orleans native mentions popping pain pills, his love for skateboarding, and … how he “beats the pussy up like Emmett Till.” Yes, you read that correctly: he compares his sex “skills” to the brutal murder of Till, a 14-year-old Chicagoan who, as the story goes, was slaughtered in 1955 because he flirted with a white woman in Mississippi.
Like the rest of the world, Till’s family got around to hearing bout the lyrics and were, as one of his cousins Airickca Gordon-Taylor put it, “disturbed by it” and “very offended, very hurt.” Rightfully so, as this is one of the most disgraceful and flat-out awful rhymes we’ve heard in a mainstream rap song in a long while. Note: I’m putting an emphasis on “mainstream” because I’m well aware (and disgusted by) the lesser-known songs that have popped up about rape, for example.
Gordon-Taylor went on to say that she and her family are worried about the country’s young people as “they emulate what they see, what they hear, and what they’re immersed in.” She added that “we then question them as they grow up and become citizens and they’re supposed to be productive in society and they’re not productive.” That, Gordon-Taylor, says, is the family’s biggest concern along with the image of Emmett Till.
Agreed. I’d also like to say that I’m concerned with Future OKing this verse. Below, you can stream the song in question. If you want. [via]