But I've heard people say they heard the tape and it ain't that bad
But it was I singled out a whole race and for that apologize

from Eminem – Yellow Brick Road Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Some people gave him a pass since he hadn’t proved to be a racist before, hell almost all his friends are black. Also, if he was black it wouldn’t be heavily criticized, which created a double standard. But Em isn’t going to give himself a pass, he owns up to what he did in hopes that he can put it behind him.

Later in 2008, Nas released ‘Be A Nigger Too’ in which he said ‘Not mad cause Eminem said “nigga”, 'cause he my nigga’.

The reason that Em brought up this subject was because, at the time the album that this song was on (Encore) came out Eminem was embroiled in a huge beef/dispute with rapper/The Source magazine’s co-owner (Ray) Benzino, and Benzino, to throw salt on the wound, dug deep, found and subsequently released (to paint him as a racist) an Eminem tape from 1988 called “Foolish Pride” (after a tough breakup with a popular black girl from HS named Kim) that criticized and dissed black women.

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