A third grader in Chicago may be forced to move away because the child has reportedly been receiving death threats from teenage rapper Lil Mouse. According to a FOX 32 News report, the eight-year old’s grandmother contacted authorities and stated that her grandson had been slapped and threatened by hip hop artist. “The students, the eighth graders have grouped up together…made a phone call and said he’s snitching, He need to get killed for snitching…One of the young men’s’ father threatened me outside the school. I wanna move [cause] he threatened me and I believe that he’s going to go through with it,” the woman told FOX 32 News. Lil Mouse has reportedly been charged with assault. “I wanna pack up and just go. I’ve already lost one child and I don’t want to lose another one,” the woman said. Her son was murdered in 2009.
Interview on “Sway In the Morning,” Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli spoke about the recent controversies involving Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, and their losing corporate endorsements due to the public backlash against their lyrics. Kweli says that he didn’t want anyone to lose money.
“I feel like Lil Wayne and Rick Ross should get money. I was disappointed that they got dropped,” Talib told Sway. “I wish they would have came with stronger apologies sooner and kept they money. The reason I said something, I wanted them to keep their money. I don’t want to see no Black man lose nothing. These companies obviously don’t have our best interests in mind. They obviously don’t. It’s also a money thing. It’s a look. That’s also why you can’t say these artists aren’t hip-hop. You can’t say Lil Wayne and Rick Ross ain’t hip-hop. From the outside looking in, these men have dedicated their lives to the music. Whether you like their output or not, they represent hip-hop for millions of people and that can’t be fronted on.”
The trouble between Wayne and Till’s family began when a leaked version of Future’ssong “Karate Chop” hit the net in February. ”Pop a lot of pain pills/Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that p*ssy up like Emmett Till,” Weezy raps in the song.
Till was brutally murdered in 1955 at the age of 14 in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman by the name of Carolyn Bryant. Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brotherJ. W. Milam took Till, who was visiting from Chicago, from his uncle’s home to a barn where they beat him, gouged out his eyes and shot him in the head. They later tied him to a cotton gin fan and tossed his body into the Tallahatchie River. He was found three days later. When his body was returned to Chicago, his mother insisted his casket be left open so the world could see the brutality of his murder.
Epic Records, Future’s label, reached out to the family. Chairman and CEO LA Reidpersonally apologized during a phone call and promised to pull the song and remove the offensive lyrics. Wayne still has not issued an apology to the family. Now they are preparing to try to convince Mountain Dew, a product of PepsiCo, to drop the rapper according toAllHipHop. A similar outcry by UltraViolet resulted in Rick Ross losing his endorsement deal with Reebok.