Russell Simmons Slammed For Defending Eminem

LATEST: Rap mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS has been branded "irresponsible" for defending EMINEM after a row erupted over a racist track the STAN star recorded a decade ago.

DAVID MAYS, co-founder of THE SOURCE magazine which exposed the recording, has stepped down from the Simmons-fronted HIP-HOP SUMMIT ACTION NETWORK's (HHSAN) board of directors, in protest at Simmons accepting Eminem's apology for the song.

Last week (ends21NOV03), the American publication released a 10-year-old tape of Eminem rapping disrespectful lyrics about African-American women, prompted by the acrimonious break-up of a youthful relationship with a black girl.

Mays says in a statement, "Russell Simmons' rush to defend Eminem over his racist lyrics is disturbing and disappointing to me. This is not the Russell I've known and admired for many years as a strong leader of the hip-hop movement."

Mays is adamant he will not rejoin HHSAN's board until Simmons reveals what financial ties the organisation may have to Eminem and his label INTERSCOPE RECORDS.

The magazine's other co-founder RAYMOND 'BENZINO' SCOTT says, "First and foremost Eminem owes a true apology as well as a more detailed explanation to the black community and to black women for these offensive lyrics.

"Perhaps Eminem can be a more powerful force in uniting poor people from the trailer parks to the projects. But we must use this situation to explore that idea more closely."

25/11/2003 13:23


Tags: Russell Simmons - Eminem


More Russell Simmons

Lee Pace Makes His Arrival At 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' New York Premiere - Part 1

Celebrities from all corners of the showbiz world were seen arriving at the star-studded event that was the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' New York premiere....

Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton And Leslie Mann Turned Heads At 'The Other Woman' NY Screening

Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton and Leslie Mann were strikingly dressed as they arrived outside the New York screening for their girl power comedy 'The Other...

Harriet Tubman "Sex Tape" Deleted By Russell Simmons After Outrage

Russell Simmons has ruffled some serious feathers after he posted a Harriet Tubman "sex tape" spoof on his YouTube channel. The hip hop record mogul...

Jay Z Illuminati Links: Are They True?

Are Jay Z’s Illuminati links true? Life is pretty sweet for the multi-million selling rapper, successful entrepreneur and husband of one of pop’s most successful...


Demi Moore Still Knows How To Party Like It's 19...89?

Demi Moore is saying to all those women who've reached half a century on this earth: go out and have a good time while you...

Lil Reese In Viral Video Abuse Scandal

Lil Reese's reputation has split in two after a viral video sees him brutally abusing a woman; some have blasted him, as beating up humans...

Thanks For The Support: P Diddy Reassures Fans After Car Crash

P Diddy has sent a reassuring message to his fans, following Wednesday’s car crash (October 24, 2012) in Beverly Hills.A spokesperson for...

Sarah Jessica Parker, Russell Simmons And Karl Lagerfeld Attend Gordon Parks Centennial Gala

Attendees at the Gordon Parks Centennial Gala at the Museum of Modern Art in New York included multi-millionaire co-founder of the Def Jam record label...



Russell Simmons Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Russell Simmons

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All