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Lil Wayne, the 30-year-old rapper born Dewayne Carter, is now affiliated with civil rights activist, the Reverend Al Sharpton.
Although the rapper and activist have publicly disagreed in the past, Sharpton is gearing up to release a book titled "Rejected Stone" via Cash Money Records where Wayne once served as president. Sharpton's book will be released under Cash Money Records' publishing sect, a company that still serves as the rapper's record label, according to Newsday reports.
The publication states that the 58-year-old will write about his "personal evolution" from a New York City activist to the political commentator that he is today. Rappers like Lil Wayne will also be a part of his book, Newsday reports.
Sharpton has spoken out about Lil Wayne's lyrics in the past and the activist has received a verbal lashing from the rapper in the past.
"You see, you are no MLK, you are no Jesse Jackson // You are nobody, to me // You're just another Don King, with a perm // Hahaha just a little more political // And that just means you're a little unhuman, than us humans // And now let me be human by saying // (expletive) Al Sharpton and anyone like him," Wayne rhymed about Sharpton in the song "Misunderstood" that appeared on his 2008 album The Carter III.
However, Sharpton called from people to be less harsh with Wayne after he came under fire for inappropriate lyrics about slain teenager Emmett Till when the rapper was on the verge of losing sponsorships from PepsiCo.
"This has been a teaching moment for Lil Wayne, corporate America and the family of Emmett Till yet more than a condemnation of any one artist, it is an affirmation of Emmett Till and a call for more sensitivity about what we say and do in our culture," Sharpton said in a statement on his National Action Network website earlier this year. "National Action Network does not want it to end with artists losing contracts but rather with a sensitizing of corporate America so we can learn from these experiences and set a tone that will help everybody."
The reverend spoke to The Associated Press about his relationship with the rapper.
"Just because we disagree doesn't mean we have to be disagreeable," Sharpton said.