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Controversy 2

On November 19, 2003, new controversy surrounded Eminem when a
cassette tape was played during a press conference held by The Source
magazine. The cassette featured Mathers performing a freestyle rap in
which he made disparaging remarks about black women, calling them
"dumb chicks" in comparison to white women and claimed they are only
after money. Other racial slurs and remarks were on the tape,
including the use of the word "nigger". Mathers claimed he made the
recording after breaking up with his black girlfriend in 1988; however
The Source claimed the tapes were recorded in 1994, and old friends of
Eminem's claimed he never had a black girlfriend. Eminem later filed a
lawsuit against The Source for alleged copyright infringement.

On December 8, 2003, the United States Secret Service admitted it was
"looking into" allegations that Mathers had threatened the President
of the United States after the unreleased song "We As Americans"
leaked onto the internet. The lyrics in question: "Fuck money / I
don't rap for dead presidents / I'd rather see the president dead /
It's never been said, but I set precedents...". The song was being
recorded to possibly be on Encore, but wound up on a bonus CD
accompanying the album Encore. The second use of the word "dead" was
edited out of that version.

Then, in 2004, Eminem made the music video "My Band" with D12. The
song was the band's sarcastic response to the media's frequent
portrayal of D12 as Eminem's band, giving little or no credit to its
other members. The video contained various parodies, including that of
the Janet Jackson "incident", and of 50 Cent's "In Da Club" video.

On October 12, 2004, a week after the release of "Just Lose It",
Eminem's first video and single off Encore, Michael Jackson called
into the Los Angeles-based Steve Harvey radio show to report his
displeasure with the video, which parodies Jackson's child-molestation
accusations, plastic surgeries, and an incident in...

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