Eminem’s lawyers have gone to court and successfully stopped The Source magazine from releasing a CD that includes previously unreleased material in which the rapper uses racial slurs.
The Manhattan-based hip-hop publication (whose co-owner Raymond “Benzino” Scott is a longtime Eminem rival) planned to include the disc with 800,000 copies of its February issue — which is being devoted entirely to the controversy surrounding the unreleased Eminem songs, which he made before he was famous.
“The court granted an injunction stopping them from releasing the songs,” Interscope Records spokesman Dennis Dennehy tells Newsday.
Tracii McGregor, The Source’s vice president of content, says the magazine is looking into a possible appeal. She adds that the magazine does not plan to delay the February issue, scheduled to officially go on sale Jan. 12. (It’s expected to hit New York City newsstands next week.)
Eminem, 31, has apologized for the slurs in the old recording (which had the rapper spouting lyrics such as “black girls only want your money”), but the Source has used his remarks to wage a campaign against him.
Meanwhile, in other news relating to the Grammy and Oscar winner, Eminem’s ex-wife, Kimberly Anne Mathers, has been ordered to stand trial on a drug charge stemming from a hotel party where police confiscated marijuana and ecstasy, reports the Michigan’s Macomb Daily.
In a brief appearance Tuesday in Warren, Mich., district court, Mathers waived her right to a preliminary hearing. This is the second case pending in circuit court for Mathers, who is awaiting trial on unrelated charges of possessing 25 grams or less of cocaine, driving while her license is suspended or revoked, and failing to yield adequate space to an emergency vehicle.