DETROIT, MI Friday Dec.5.2003 / -- With controversy still hanging over the matter of Eminem's dis to black women in a freestyle he recorded at age 16 (which you may remember from our previous article), the NMC artist Thursday released an official statement apologizing for his offensive lyrics. An excerpt from the statement: "So while I think common sense tells you not to judge a man by what he may have said when he was a boy, I will say it straight up: I am sorry I said those things when I was 16."

Also in the statement, Eminem made reference to the man responsible for bringing this particular track to light with a now-notorious press conference a few weeks ago: Benzino, fellow rapper and "The Source" magazine co-founder. Said Em, disgusted by the attempt by Benzino to exploit the track to show that Eminem's presence was detrimental to hip-hop culture: "... I don't want to let anybody turn this into an opportunity to promote their own bullsh-- agenda... [this is] really nothing more than blatant self-promotion for a failing magazine and one man's lifeless music career. They're scared of what can happen if the hip-hop community shows it can live without them."

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