Lord Jamar Accuses Eminem of Wearing Blackface Mask
On Tuesday (Nov. 5), the Brand Nubian rapper posted vintage photos of the Shady Records CEO, who is wearing what fans say is a Will Smith mask. While the mask bears no resemblance to traditional images of Blackface, that didn't stop Jamar from making his claim that Em was wearing a mask depicting the racist makeup.
"Hey @eminem please put this in context for me...I’m trying to understand why you’d be clowning in a BLACKFACE MASK backstage at the MTV AWARDS? You should come on the YANADAMEEN GODCAST so we can discuss this among other things. #weneedanswers," Lord Jamar wrote in his caption.
The photo appears to be from Eminem's remote appearance at the 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards. Since the rapper was on tour in the U.S. at the time, Em couldn't physically make it to the awards show to pick up his trophies. Instead, he pre-recorded acceptance speeches in case he won.
After he accepted the award for Best Album, Eminem appeared in a second video while wearing a Will Smith mask and apologized for missing out on the show. Fans told Lord Jamar about the context of Em rocking the Will Smith mask in the comments of the rapper's Instagram post. Still, Jamar questioned Em's motives.
"If it is a WILL SMITH MASK, what gives this WHITEBOY the right to wear it? Especially in EUROPE where he knew he could get away with it, also if it’s NO PROBLEM then why have these pics been hidden up until now?" Jamar responded in his comment section.
Lord Jamar and Eminem have been openly engaged in a beef since the Detroit rapper dissed Jamar on his song "Fall" off his Kamikaze album. Before that, in a 2014 interview with DJ Vlad, Jamar said he didn't like Em's music because he couldn't relate to it.
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