The Hip Hop Week In Review: Lil Wayne Under Fire For Emmett Till Lyric, Drake & Tyler, The Creator Announce LPs
Lil Wayne came under fire for his controversial lyric about Emmett Till, while Drake and Tyler, The Creator announced their respective third albums.
This week, Lil Wayne stirred up some controversy with just one sentence. The Young Money rapper hopped on the remix to Future's "Karate Chop," spitting a lyric that compared sex to the slaying of Emmett Till. The deceased figure's family didn't take kindly to the jab, prompting Epic Records to pull the song and Stevie Wonder to condemn Weezy's camp for the oversight in allowing the verse to be released. Meanwhile, Drake announced that his third album will be titled Nothing Was the Same - led by the single "Started From the Bottom" - while Odd Future leader Tyler, The Creator took a similar approach, revealing three cover images for his third studio LP Wolf and his upcoming "Wolf" tour.
Lil Wayne Comes Under Fire For Offensive Lyric About Emmett Till
Lil Wayne came under fire this week by merely uttering a few charged words. The rapper hopped on the remix of Future's new single "Karate Chop," spitting the line, "Beat the pussy up like Emmett Till." The rap sent shockwaves through the Hip Hop community, reaching Till's family that fired back at Weezy for the shot. Airickca Gordon-Taylor, the founding director of the Foundation and cousin of Emmett Till, spoke out on behalf of the family and branded the reference "disrespectful." "We found it dishonorable to his name and what his death has meant to us as a people and as a culture," said Gordon-Taylor. "It was offensive not only to us, but to our ancestors and to women and to themselves as young, black men. I just couldn’t understand how you could compare the gateway of life to the brutality and punishment of death. And I feel as though they have no pride and no dignity as black men.” Epic Records also buckled under the controversy, deciding to pull the remix from the Internet and apologizing to Till's family. Stevie Wonder also chimed in on the conversation, stating that Wayne's camp should have never allowed the song to reach the public. Listen to the "Karate Chop" remix here.
Drake Announces Third Album Nothing Was The Same
Drake jumped the gun by releasing his new single "Started From the Bottom" a week ahead of schedule, following with the music video for the track on the night of the 2013 Grammy Awards. That same night, Drizzy hit the red carpet at the event to reveal that his third album will be titled Nothing Was the Same, which is currently without a release date. "I think music, it's a process we all go through," he said. "It's an evolution. You're constantly figuring out what works for you. Should you direct your own videos? Should you be more involved in certain aspects? With Take Care, I really found myself, found my stride. I'm excited to continue on with the new album, the album is titled Nothing Was The Same. I'm just excited about life in general." Watch the album announcement below.
Tyler, The Creator Reveals Cover Art For Wolf, Announces Tour
Odd Future leader Tyler, The Creator has been hemming and hawing over his upcoming third album Wolf, initially intending to release it in May 2012 and then November. Now, he finally shaped up, announcing plans to release the LP on April 2nd. Earlier this week, the West Coast rapper revealed three cover images for the album, including one designed by artist Mark Ryden that features an animated Tyler on a bicycle in the forest. He also released the video for "Domo 23" that can be viewed below, and announced the dates for his upcoming "Wolf" tour that hits the United States as well as a few locations in Europe.
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