MTV Will Play Controversial D12 Video

After several days of negotiations with Eminem's Shady Records, MTV has agreed to air the "Purple Pills" video from Eminem's side group D12, but only during overnight hours. The network will begin sho

After several days of negotiations with Eminem's Shady Records, MTV has agreed to air the "Purple Pills" video from Eminem's side group D12, but only during overnight hours. The network will begin showing the video, which has already aired several times on BET, next week.

"Purple Hills" is already a cleaned-up (and retitled) version of the more explicit song that appears on D12's new album, "Devil's Night." The song's chorus includes the lines: "I take a couple of uppers, I down a couple of downers. Nothing compares to the blue and yellow purple pills." "Devil's Night" is expected to debut in the upper reaches of The Billboard 200 later this week.

MTV has clearly struggled with how to treat Eminem since the rapper became one of music's biggest sellers. Eminem was given heavy airtime last year for his hit "The Real Slim Shady," and the network's support played a large role in the rapper's album selling 1.7 million copies the first week of its release.

But its executives second-guessed themselves after Eminem's violent and anti-homosexual lyrics became controversial. The network has since started a yearlong public service campaign against discrimination.

Meanwhile, a Macomb County judge has denied a request by Eminem's mother to reconsider a settlement concerning a pair of defamation lawsuits. Debbie Mathers-Nelson will receive a $25,000 settlement for what was once an $11 million lawsuit filed against her son, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III.

Macomb County Circuit Judge Mark Switalski denied a motion for reconsideration of the settlement. Mathers-Nelson claimed her son defamed her in lyrics and magazine interviews.

Mathers-Nelson contends she was pressured into settling the case for the small amount. But court records produced at a hearing earlier this month include a transcript of a voicemail message she left for Eminem's attorney on May 9, saying she would settle for $25,000.

The judge ruled last week that the voicemail tape is indisputable and that Mathers-Nelson clearly accepted the terms of the settlement.

Peter Peacock, the rapper's attorney, said the case is over unless Eminem's mother appeals. "We're very pleased with this," Peacock told the Detroit Free Press. Mathers-Nelson's attorney, Michael Marsalese, said his client has not decided whether to take the case to the state Court of Appeals.


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