Referencing Emmett Till on Future’s “Karate Chop” cost Lil Wayne a major blow to his public image as well as a lucrative endorsement with Mountan Dew recently. Now, Metro Boomin, the 19-year-old producer behind the track reveals that the lyric that launched a thousand angry responses was never meant to be heard in the first place.
“I just heard about that like two days ago. One of my home boys pulled it out, like ‘Wayne lost his Mountain Dew endorsement because of you.’ I was like ‘Don’t blame that on me! I ain’t tell that man what to say.’” Metro explained to VIBE. He says that Wayne sent the verse to him and Future to hear beforehand in Atlanta. Upon hearing the Emmitt Till reference, Metro knew it would be viewed as too controversial and wanted to nix the line, saying, “Absolutely. We didn’t even intend for it to come out like that.”
The producer and current Morehouse student says that those involved with the song “took the line out” but a hacker of sorts released it online. Metro shared, “It got ripped. I’m not even going to say his name. He had ripped the song off the video director’s…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 put it out.”
Check back for the rest of our interview with Metro Boomin. –Sowmya Krishnamurthy