Lil Wayne was hospitalized for seizures again on Tuesday, but the rapper is doing just fine and has already been released. Meanwhile, Wayne released an official apology to Emmett Till’s family regarding his controversial “Karate Chop” lyrics.
Lil Wayne gave his fans a scare once again after he was hospitalized for a single seizure.
The 30-year-old rapper from New Orleans was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital on Tuesday night and was released Wednesday morning.
Back in March, Weezy suffered from multiple seizures that made headlines and has the Twitterverse in a frenzy. It was then that the “Love Me” rapper revealed he suffers from epilepsy.
The news of his condition makes us wonder if his seizures will continue to make headlines every time, or if his fans will ever get to a point where they learn to expect the occasional seizure and trust that with the proper medial attention Weezy will be okay.
After his first string of seizures hit the media, Lil Wayne opened up about just how long he has suffered from the condition and explained that the only thing that has changed is the public’s access to knowing about his seizures.
“The thing is, man, the bad news is, I’m epileptic,” he told Power 106. “This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures; y’all just never hear about it.”
One of the rapper’s seizures back in March was actually life threatening, but since then the seizures have been minor and haven’t posed any major threats to his life.
While Tunechi’s life wasn’t in danger, his endorsement with Mountain Dew was another story.
The public seems to finally be voicing their opinion about controversial lyrics in rap and it has already cost Rick Ross his Reebok endorsement.
Weezy was next on the big endorsement chopping block after Emmett Till’s family began urging the popular soda brand to drop him from the deal.
In response, the Young Money president penned a very apologetic letter to the family.
While we are sure money was the motive behind Wayne clearing the air, we must say his apology was quite impressive.
“Dear Till Family, as a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play,” the letter began. “My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as music that I create for or alongside other artists.”
He went on to address the obvious controversy around his Emmett Till lyrics and admitted that “as a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure.”
We aren’t going to get into why Lil Wayne isn’t the best candidate to use the “father” card, but it was still a nice little touch.
Anyway, in the letter he agreed to never use Emmett Till’s name in vain as a part of his music and completely approves of the decision to remove that part of his verse from the official version of the “Karate Chop” remix.
“I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy,” he began in the final paragraph of the letter. “As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.”
Bravo Weezy. When your rap career is up (which it very well might be in the next year or so) you should definitely consider writing apology letters for all the rappers who are sure to upset a few people with their violent, sexual, and just downright inappropriate lyrics.
Although, it is already much too late for his pal Rick Ross who took three attempts to finally get a decent apology after his controversial rape lyrics got him in some serious hot water.
Unfortunately, the Till family wasn’t quite as impressed with the apology as they claimed Wayne never offered a clear cut apology.
“While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to ‘not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,’ this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned,” Airicka Gordon-Taylor, a Till family representative told TMZ Wednesday.
Looks like we’re giving Weezy’s first apology and C+. He gets points for doing his best to explain his side of the story and making sure to actually address the issue rather than Rick Ross who talked around it. The only thing missing now are those two key words – “I’m Sorry.”