The Source magazine has Eminem on the defensive over a decade-old song that calls black girls “dumb” and depicts them as gold diggers. In the latest chapter of the magazine’s campaign against Eminem, Source principals David Mays and Raymond Scott held a press conference to play the recording. It features Eminem, who is white, saying things like: “Black girls are dumb, and white girls are good chicks.”
There also is another brief song in which a rapper, who the Source says is Eminem, uses the n-word.
The tape was provided to the magazine by “three white hip-hop fans from Detroit who were peers of Eminem in the early ’90s, at the time of the recording,” the Source said in a statement.
Eminem acknowledged that he made the song deriding black women. He said in a statement it was “something I made out of anger, stupidity and frustration when I was a teenager. I’d just broken up with my girlfriend, who was African-American, and I reacted like the angry, stupid kid I was. I hope people will take it for the foolishness that it was, not for what somebody is trying to make it into today.”
Regarding the n-word, Eminem’s publicist said yesterday (Nov. 20), “We haven’t heard the first tape and can’t confirm whether it’s him.”
The long-standing beef between Eminem and the Source began when Scott and Mays accused Eminem of exploiting hip-hop culture. They claimed that Eminem receives preferential treatment because of his race, a charge later refuted by Jay-Z and other top rappers, who cited Eminem’s considerable skills.
Scott, who records under the name Benzino, attacked Eminem on several songs. Eminem responded with songs claiming that Scott had targeted him to pump up the anemic sales of his poorly received albums.
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