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Stevie Wonder not happy with Lil Wayne's lyrics
By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Stevie Wonder is not happy with Lil Wayne's vulgar lyrics that reference Emmett Till, a black teen who was killed in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman.

The R&B legend says the rapper's disturbing verse should not have made it beyond the recording studio for the world to hear.

"You can't equate that to Emmett Till," Wonder said. "You just cannot do that. ... 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.'"

Bing: Song pulled due to Emmett Till reference

Wonder, who says he is a fan and friend of Lil Wayne, made the comments when asked what he thought of Lil Wayne's controversial lyrics in an interview Thursday.

On a remix to Future's song "Karate Chop," Lil Wayne compared a rough sex act to the tortuous death of 14-year-old Till in Mississippi, an incident that ultimately helped change the national conversation on race. Following a crude reference to rough sex, Lil Wayne indicates that he wanted to do as much damage as had been done to Till.

Till's family has asked the rapper for an apology, and Epic Records, Future's label, said the official song will not feature the vulgar words and is employing "great efforts" to pull it down.

Wonder, 62, hopes the 30-year-old Grammy winner understands the perspective of the Till family and chooses his words wisely in the future.

"Sometimes people have to put themselves in the place of people who they are talking about," Wonder said. "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 (song)writer."

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Feb 21, 2013 4:05PM
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You have to consider the source of that song. It comes from a drug addicted, cocky Self centered  person that see past his own greed.
Feb 21, 2013 3:20PM
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"Eyz dontz udderstanz rappz moo-zic" thats what some want to say to me, well bologna! I grew up in Rahway and Newark NJ during the 60's and 70's and back then there was sheer talent, there were 'bands' people played 'instruments' not just one guy sampling and another scratching a record while some bozo says Mother Goose rhymes. As far as lyrics go, these people today have nothing to say that has any value, meaning or class. The words they write shows their ignorance, there are many bands that talk about drug use and sex in their music but it is done in a sophisticated way, even heavy metal and punk rock bands have some integrity, this is a serious call for help.
Feb 20, 2013 7:15AM
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Wish I discovered Innervisions when I was a kid listening to Band of Gypsys and Revolver. Definite desert island disc with killer bass.
Feb 18, 2013 3:52PM
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Very disrespectful, how can a Black man  in America of all places say something so stupid. Lil Wayne is garbage always has been. He is from the south he knows how hard is was (and is) for black people in this country.  Rap is a dead form and most of these so-called artist are just cooning it up for the sake of album sales. No other race of people stoop to levels this low to sale out for the sake of getting "massa's" money. It's 2013 time to grow up people.
Feb 18, 2013 3:53AM
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There is a thing call an off button...if you dont like, turn it off.   Some Hip hop aint for everyone!
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