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
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
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
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."