Lil Wayne | 'Karate Chop' | May 2013

Lil Wayne is no stranger to controversy. (Rapping about "sizzurp" and stomping on the American flag, anyone?) This time, the debate ensued over his crude sexual reference to civil rights figure Emmett Till. As Times reporter Gerrick Kennedy wrote, in the track "Karate Chop," the tatted entertainer compared "his sexual prowess to the 1955 assault of Till -- a 14-year-old African American who was tortured and killed after reportedly whistling at a white woman during a family visit in Mississippi." The verse cost Lil Wayne his endorsement deal with PepsiCo's Mountain Dew.
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