Stevie Wonder has rounded on rapper Lil' Wayne for referencing the brutal murder of an African-American teenager in one of his latest tracks.
The 62-year old Motown star spoke out after an unauthorized remix of Wayne's 'Karate Chop' – a collaboration with fellow rapper Future – was leaked online earlier this week.
While controversy has raged over the availability of the track, Wonder has highlighted its lyrical reference to Emmett Till, the 14-year old boy who was beaten and shot dead for allegedly wolf-whistling at a white women in the racially segregated Mississippi of 1955.
Wayne's label Epic Records have since issued a public apology and vow take the track out of circulation, and Wonder believes the rapper – real name Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr – overstepped the mark.
“You just cannot do that,” he told The Associated Press. “I think you got to have someone around you that – even if they are the same age or older – is wiser to say, 'Yo, that's not happening. Don't do that.'
“Sometimes people have to put themselves in the place of people who they are talking about. Imagine if that happened to your mother, brother, daughter or your son. How would you feel?"
"Have some discernment before we say certain things. That goes for me or any other writer.”