The rap superstar was branded racist by the editor of American music magazine THE SOURCE, after he discovered a 10 year-old record in which Eminem attacks black women.
Source boss RAY 'BENZINO' SCOTT, a longtime Eminem enemy, played the controversial track at a press conference in New York last week (18NOV03).
On the track, Eminem raps about a bad experience he had with a black girlfriend and warns of the dangers of dating black women.
The rapper has since apologised for the tape, insisting it was "something I made out of anger, stupidity and frustration when I was a teenager".
Now Simmons, who heads up the black activist group THE HIP-HOP SUMMIT ACTION NETWORK, is keen to put an end to the controversy and urges fans to accept Eminem's apology - making a subtle dig at the hitmaker's poor background in the process.
He says, "These lyrics are disgusting, but the oneness of hip-hop culture has transformed many young people in trailer parks around the country away from their parents' old mindset of white supremacy.
"We believe Eminem's apology is sincere and forthright."23/11/2003 21:39