Lil Wayne’s controversial lyric from Future’s “Karate Chop” remix was never supposed to be released. Producer Metro Boomin says the line about Emmett Till that cost Lil Wayne his Mountain Dew sponsorship was taken out in what was supposed to be the final version of the song.
“We didn’t even intend for it to come out like that,” Metro Boomin says during an interview with Vibe. “It was serious. I was like, ‘Honestly, it will be no good’ so we took the line out. But there was a music video…The whole reason the song came out prematurely is [because] it got leaked. I’m not even going to say his name. He had ripped the song off the video director’s…Uh, I guess the video director fell asleep uploading the video, to his Vimeo. He [the ripper] always checks the Vimeo for content and one day he lucked up on the fucking ‘Karate Chop’ video and he ripped the one with the Wayne verse and he put it out. On the mastered version, the final, that line wasn’t in there. He [the ripper] put it out and made everybody look like douchebags, but it wasn’t the plan.”
In the long run, Lil Wayne’s line remained on the remix. The YMCMB rapper rhymed on the song that, “I beat the pussy up, like Emmet Till.” Till was a Black Mississippi teenager was beaten and killed in 1955 after allegedly flirting with a white woman. The two white men accused of killing Till, who was visiting from Chicago, were later acquitted.
Mountain Dew discontinued its relationship with Lil Wayne on May 3 and Weezy was taken off a subsequent version of “Karate Chop” that featured Birdman, Rick Ross and French Montana.