Fail Occurred: 11/18/2003

On November 18, 2003, Ray Benzino-owner of The Source, failed rapper-played audio that he claimed would destroy Eminem, who had become something of an obsession for him. On the tape, a demo from 1988, Eminem-white rapper that he is-used the N-word on two separate songs. Unconscionable. His excuse that the songs were recorded out of anger at a black ex-girlfriend doesn't explain why he'd say, "All the girls I like to bone have big butts/No they don't, 'cause I don't like that n*gger shit/I'm just here to make a bigger hit." He also blamed it on being young and stupid, which makes more sense. "Stupid" is exactly right. The shocking revelation remains the only stain on the reputation of the musical genius.