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Lil Wayne apologises to Emmett Till's family during concert

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Jul 15, 2013 | 9:30am EDT

Lil Wayne publicly apologised to the family of murder victim Emmett Till at a gig in Tennessee after previously upsetting them by rapping about the tragic teen. The Lollipop hitmaker caused controversy earlier this year (13) when it emerged he had made a crude reference to Till, a black teenager who was murdered in 1955, in a remix of Karate Chop, his collaboration with Future. The lyric, which featured in a leaked version of the song, infuriated Till's family, who claimed the tune was disrespectful to their loved one's memory, but their demand for an apology from Lil Wayne was not met. The rapper performed a cleaned-up version of the track during a show in Nashville, Tennessee last week (ends14Jul13), and he made sure Till's family knew he was sorry, telling the audience, "I apologise to the family of Emmett Till." Lil Wayne previously addressed the controversy in a public statement and insisted he would not mention the Tills in his music ever again, but fell short of delivering an apology. Till was just 14 years old when he was brutally pistol-whipped and murdered in 1955 for flirting with a white girl in America's Deep South.

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