Eminem's ''racist'' song cleared for release. A judge ruled that the Source can release snippets of an old Eminem rap that they say reveals him as a racist

By Brian Hiatt
December 23, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

The Source magazine’s vendetta against Eminem got a boost on Monday, as a federal judge ruled that the publication can distribute up to 20 seconds of a song on which the rapper disparages black women, according to the Associated Press. Eminem has apologized for the song, which he said he wrote as a teenager in the early ’90s, after breaking up with an African-American girlfriend. The crudely produced, amateurishly performed track includes lines such as: ”Black girls only want your money, ’cause they dumb chicks.”

The Source had originally asked to distribute a larger portion of the song on a CD included with the magazine — a plan blocked by U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Lynch.  In Monday’s ruling, the judge said that fair-use provisions in copyright laws limit the clip on the CD to 20 seconds. The magazine plans to include the CD in its February issue, which comes out Jan. 12, according to the AP. Eminem’s lawyer, Donald N. David, said he approved of the judge’s decision. ”I don’t seek to prevent anyone from engaging in public discussion,” David told the wire service. ”They just can’t steal.”