Stevie Wonder has joined the conversation surrounding Lil Wayne’s controversial line on the remix of ‘Karate Chop’ with Future. The legendary musician advised the rapper to have some “discernment” before releasing his work to the public and expressed his thoughts on Wayne’s reference of Emmett Till on the track.
On the track, Wayne draws up images of the battered Emmett Till in a sexual reference and Wonder explained that some metaphors simply shouldn’t be used. “You can’t equate that to Emmett Till. You just cannot do that,” Wonder told the Associated Press.
Wonder added that Wayne should have demoed the track privately to get some sober second thought before releasing it. “I think you got to have someone around you that – even if they are the same age or older – is wiser to say, ‘Yo, that’s not happening. Don’t do that’…sometimes people have to put themselves in the place of people who they are talking about. Imagine if that happened to your mother, brother, daughter or your son. How would you feel? Have some discernment before we say certain things. That goes for me or any other writer,” said Wonder.
Epic Records has already pulled the unofficial release and formerly issued an apology to Till’s family after the Rev. Jesse Jackson offered to intervene on their behalf.