Last week, Future's "Karate Chop" remix hit the Internet. The song featured a new verse from Lil Wayne, which instantly brought controversy because of one particularly disturbing lyric: "Beat that pussy up like Emmett Till." The line is a crass reference to the racially motivated 1955 murder of a 14-year-old African-American boy in Mississippi.
Till's family and Rev. Jesse Jackson protested the record's inclusion of the lyric, prompting Future's record label, Epic, to release this statement:
“We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future's 'Karate Chop,' which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics. Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family and the support of the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. ... we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized version."
Soon after, a new version of the "Karate Chop" remix appeared online, with the words "Emmett Till" edited out of the song. But rappers saying offensive things is nothing new, and Wayne's recent incident is far from the first time that an insensitive lyric has been censored completely—even on explicit versions of the song.
Eminem is most notorious for this; several of his lyrics—references to child murder, threats directed toward the President—have been cut from his releases. The Notorious B.I.G. also had many lines that were too raw for wax, and Jay-Z's had to edit entire songs to appease sampled artists who found his profanity offensive.
Instances of this happening extends well beyond the rappers those rappers, too. From Juelz Santana to Jadakiss, there are way more rap lyrics that've been fully censored than you'd expect. Continue reading to check out the 75 examples we dug up.