On Tuesday a federal court judge granted Eminem an injunction against The Source,blocking the hip-hop publication from releasing a CD containing a controversial freestyle by the rapper.
Last month the magazine’s owners, Ray “Benzino” Scott and David Mays, held a press conference to expose the old recording in which a young Marshall Mathers talks disparagingly about black women. The Source’s owners said a CD of the freestyle would be included in their February issue, due on newsstands January 13.
Eminem admitted to making the song in anger and issued an apology. In a statement released two weeks ago, he said, “I did and said a lot of stupid sh- when I was a kid, but that’s part of growing up. The tape of me rapping 15 years ago as a teenager that was recently put out by The Source in no way represents who I was then or who I am today.”
Attorneys for Em and his Shady Records imprint filed papers for the injunction in Manhattan on Monday, citing copyright infringement. Em is also seeking unspecified damages.
A spokesperson at Eminem’s label, Interscope, had no comment Wednesday (December 17). A Sourcespokesperson had no comment on the injunction but said the release of the February issue would not be delayed.