Talib Kweli Feels Lil Wayne Should Apologize To Emmett Till's Family

posted Wednesday April 03 ,2013 at 09:35AM CDT | 88 comments

Talib Kweli Feels Lil Wayne Should Apologize To Emmett Till's Family

Talib Kweli also says that "we as a community gotta take the blame" for Lil Wayne's line about Emmett Till.

Brooklyn, New York's Talib Kweli recently weighed in on an issue concerning Lil Wayne. In an interview, Kweli opened up about why he feels Weezy should apologize to Emmett Till's family for a line on one of his records.

“My opinion is that I think that Lil Wayne should apologize to the Till Family," Kweli shared in a talk with AllHipHop. "But, its not for me to say; its for him to do. That’s what I would do. That’s what I think is the smart thing to do, especially since you apologized to LeBron [James] for the Miami Heat thing. But, from my perspective, wherever he’s at with it in the world and his mind space is that the surroundings around him are not necessarily making him aware that he needs to apologize to the Till family. But the surroundings around him are making him aware that, 'You know what? You live in Miami. You should apologize to the Heat.' Do I think that’s a little backwards? Yeah. But, I think that it's a little hypocritical of us to put that squarely on Lil Wayne’s shoulders.”

Kweli continued explaining how "we as a community gotta take the blame." 

“We've been listening to dudes talk about they 'gon' beat the pussy up' on records with all different types of metaphors before the Till family got affected. If we are going to encourage that and like it, then we as a community gotta take the blame. I think it's very convenient for a lot of people to pick a certain line from a song that’s still creative. We’re not talking about censorship. We don’t wanna censor nobody. But I do think it's a bit hypocritical. There is a line in the sand you have to draw but this is the part I find hypocritical. When you criticize Lil Wayne for it and it doesn’t stop as criticism for the line. It continues to ‘He’s a monster and he’s destroying Hip Hop. I wish he would die. I wish he would stop making records.’ When it goes to that, that's not something I can condone. And that also will also make an artist you saying that about say, ‘Well, fuck what you gotta say. My fans support me.’ To me, the better way is through outreach and unity in Hip Hop – finding the similarities rather than the differences. That’s why I always work for these artists. For me, its art first. When you judge whether or not I should be working on an artist, the only thing you should be judging it on is on the song.”

The line in question was featured on the remix to Future's "Karate Chop." On the track, Wayne said he would "beat that pussy up like Emmett Till." Epic Records officially responded to the song and pulled the lyrics from what they called an "unauthorized" leak. Future spoke about the song, saying Wayne had "no bad intentions" with the line. In 1955, at 14 years of age, Till was beaten and brutally murdered in Money, Mississippi. He was kidnapped and killed by two White men in what was a racially charged crime but the men were acquitted by an all-White, all-male jury. This event further emphasized the fight for civil rights in the nation and the racial divide that separated the country. 

RELATED: Emmett Till's Cousin Speaks On "Karate Chop," Says Lil Wayne Has "No Pride & No Dignity" As A Black Man

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  • iCE iCE BABY
    Shut the fuck up Kweli, your opinion ? man you used to be one of the realest niggas in the game and addressed what's what ..now that you did songs with lil wayne you're saying your opinion ? It's a fact is was wrong, what happened to activism ? and being true ? man you are so fuking fake now ...4 years back you would be heated ..you trash ..wayne is wrong ..fuck face spread love it's the Brooklyn way huh ? yeah you make out city look bad
  • Anonymous
    "If you had a cousin who was beaten to death by cops and then later you hear some rapper using his death as a stupid punch line....wouldnt you be pissed?" I wouldn't be jumping for joy, but you act like rappers have to ask permission before they say the things they do. It was a dumb line, but rappers have said and will continue to say worse. It's almost expected of them.
  • Anonymous
    "Eminem is white he is not relevant With our cultural" He's white? Really?
  • #teamjarule
    In fact, Ja Rule is the father of all niggas, Emmett's father too, so he is the only one who can ask Wayne for an apology. But Ja is too real to do that, apologies are for pussies.
  • wally912
    Kweli wasn't really hating. What he said was very true. We all need to be more responsible with our words, not just rappers.
    • donnis mac
      Very true, but this message will be lost on a bunch of school kids with minimal to no type of responsibilities.
  • Anonymous
    dis bitch kweli talks alotta trash.It seems it got nuthin 2 do.
  • Apologetic White Man
    On behalf of all white people, and our white ancestors, I would like to say sorry.
  • So Icy Boi!
    fuck Talib Kweli. diz nigga cant even rap. Lil Wayne would rap circles around him... and and and can Talib skate? can Talib play on guitar? no! Weezy is da Greatest Rapper of All Time... swag
  • Anonymous
    fuck Talib Kweli. diz nigga cant even rap. Lil Wayne would rap circles around him... and and and can Talib skate? can Talib play on guitar? no! Weezy is da Greatest Rapper of All Time. swag
    • Anonymous
      Kill yourself.
  • FUCK YMCMB AND OVO
    The fact he called Emmett a "pussy" pissed me off, fuck Lil Wayne and crew
  • G
    @YESSIR: If you really think that Wayne is a better quality compared to Talib, then you're definitely a punk ass excrement!
  • YESSIR
    TALIB WHO? DX IS REALLY THAT DESPERATE TO PUT A STORY OF A NOBODY CRITICIZING A LIVING LEGEND. WAYNE RAPS BOUT WHOEVER HE WANTS. HENCE THE FACT THAT HE ALREADY APOLOGIZED. YALL BROKE NIGGAS TOO STUPID TO SEE THAT YOUR VERSES NEED TO BE PROVOCATIVE IN ORDER TO BRING ATTENTION. ATTENTION BRINGS MONEY. KANYE JUST BITING WAYNE BUSINESS SKILLS WITH NAMING HIS ALBUM WITH CATHOLIC REFERENCES. YALL TOO STUPID TO KNOW THAT WAYNE ASKED EMMIT'S SON BEFORE WRITING THE VERSE AND GOT HIS APPROVAL BUT HE JUST A HYPOCRIT LITTLE BITCH.
    • Yessir=lil wayne's biotch
      Talib is a living legend and lil wayne has done nothing good for hip hop or the human race. he just spawned a large mass of skinny jean wearing bitches who are too stupid to listen to more than shitty punch lines. oh and Kanye and wayne are the same person!
    • No Son...Son
      I don't believe the 14 year old Till had children. I did not research this, but I do not remember ever hearing that Emmitt Till had a school. Wayne was wrong. I like Lil Wayne, Kanye, 3000, Nas, 50, The Gap Band, Dazz Band,etc. Just give me music. If I like it I like it. Musical lyrics don't have to mean anything or say anything to be good. But, don't lie and say Weezy spoke to someone in the family that does not exists. That comment was tasteless. Hold my Deeeeeeeeeeeee. I will pray for you, Peace!
  • Anonymous
    Let's make it simple. If you aren't Lil Wayne, or part of his daily entourage, then don't speak on what he should say or do. Eminem has said worse, and people laughed it off.
    • Anonymous
      Eminem is white he is not relevant With our cultural
    • Anonymous
      If you had a cousin who was beaten to death by cops and then later you hear some rapper using his death as a stupid punch line....wouldnt you be pissed? eminem has never made a punch about an actual person that was brutally murdered. ye he'll make up some story about raping a fat bitch, but its completely made up.
    • Anonymous
      To say Eminem isn't relevant to hip-hop culture is like saying Jimi Hendrix isn't relevant to rock n roll. Bitch please
    • sam snead
      Eminem "me and marcus allen went over to se nicole, when we heard a knock at the door must have been ron gold, jumped behind the door put the orgy on hold killed em both and smeared blood in a white bronco"
    • Anonymous
      eminem is like white christ?
    • Anonymous
      Eminem is not black, you missed the entire point of the community outrage.
  • Hmm
    Wayne shouldn't have to apologize for offending the family, he should excuse himself from hip-hop over the fact that he had to resort to something so stupid and generic to get his point across. The dude has completely lost his edge. Eminem says crazy shit all the damn time, who cares? It's the simplicity and lack of linear thought in anything that Wayne spits nowadays that is offensive.
  • Uhhhhhhhhhh?
    so as a community we should take blame for a self absorb, morally bankrupt, drug addict? Talib, just stop at that fool should apologize. Even if he does not...who cares? His album is garbage and he needs ghostwriters to make a good album. Whatever chances he had at being a considered one of the greatest has died and will be replaced with stories and lies set-up by his record label. Keep skating Wayne...and go far far away
  • LOLOLOLOLOLOL
    LOL @ all of the people on here defending lil wayne...how do you defend what he said? thats pretty funny...all this simple snotnosed country boys mad at Talib for being morally sound...pretty funny when you think about it
    • Anonymous
      You speak the truth!
  • Anonymous
    Talib should apologize for being such a wack rapper and FACT: his knowledge of black history in general and Brooklyn history in particular is VERY weak. If any of ya'll have a chance to meet nerd you'd learn the same... No wonder he has to bully a tard like Wayne.
    • Tapeworm
      how is he bullying him? I dont see him stealing his lunch money
  • Anonymous
    i think its more of a who saying the shit. Mc's that are not racially conscious can talk some recklessness, but then again you couldn't put out a line like that and pretend it was in good intent. Not even if you were RZa who said "my clan increase like black unemployment" on ET36C but you get an idea of where the individuals mind is at as to what is going on in RAP culture.
    • anonymous
      Bad example since there was/is such thing as increasing black unemployment and the Wu did grow like that since Rza said that line.
  • BLACK
    MY OPINION IS THAT TALIB KWELI SHOULD SHUT THE FUCK UP CUZ HE COLLABORATES WITH RAPPERS THAT TALK NEGATIVE SHIT!! THIS IS WORSE THAN SELLING OUT, THIS NIGGA IS TRYING TO SELL ALBUMS BY HATING ON OTHER NIGGAZ!!!
    • dentaldamboy
      Co-Sign. Talib Kweli is a snake, just like Jay-Z.
    • Anonymous
      Both of you are fucking idiots.
    • Fukthesekids
      Yo dentaldamboy didnt you say you used to be a ymcmb accountant? What the fuck are you doing now fucking bloging you lying ass bitch!
  • MGRUPPE.COM
    WHEN THAT ALBUM DROPPIN TALIB?
  • brollya
    and he should apologize to his fans for doin a song wit mack maine and lil wayne
  • WestCoast17
    Fuck bois, get over it, stupid line from a insanely stupid dude. what more do you expect? Wayne has about 2 neurons firing at any given time, u cant expect him to even know what he's talking about 99 % of the time. fuck wayne, fuk his music...and fuck this big outcry, life goes on
    • BK ALL DAY
      true dat, shit was dumb to say but dat cus wayne is a dumbass nigg@, him apolagizing wont do shit. This Brain-dead fool only got maybe 3 seizures left in him anyway before his ass is dead.