Celebrities often speak before they think and this tends to happen in the Hip-Hop world quite a bit which results in them getting bad publicity. So how do they salvage their public image? By swallowing their pride and uttering the words “I apologize.” Complex have come up with a list of the most humiliating hip-hop apologies and here is the top 10:
10. Public Enemy Apologizes For Professor Griff’s Anti-Semitic Comments
In an interview with The Washington Times, Public Enemy member Professor Griff said that Jews are responsible for “the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe.” He continued, “The Jews are wicked. And we can prove this.”
Griff was subsequently fired from Public Enemy. In the wake of his dismissal Chuck D. issued a statement on behalf of the group saying, “Offensive remarks by Professor Griff are not in line with Public Enemy’s program. We are not anti-Jewish. We are not anti-anyone. We are pro-black, pro-black culture, and pro-human race.”
09. Lil Wayne Apologizes To Jay-Z For Saying He Was Better Than Him
Responding to Jay-Z coming out of retirement in a December 2006 interview with Complex, Lil Wayne addressed Jay-Z saying, “It’s not your house anymore, and I’m better than you.”
But Wayne soon backtracked a February 2007 interview with XXL: ““I wanna apologize to Jay and his family and friends, because I was asked that question and they put it in there like I was just feeling like, ‘Oh, you know what, nigga? I’m better than Jay!’ They came at me like, ‘So you say you’re the best. Can you say that you’re better than everybody? Would you say you’re better than Jay?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, nigga, I’m better than everybody!’ But I’d like to throw that apology out there ’cause of whatever trouble I caused, I ain’t want that to happen.”
08. Pimp C Apologizes To Atlanta
In a July 2007 Ozone interview, Pimp C made a stunning suggestion: “Atlanta is not the South, Goddamn it…Atlanta is on East coast time. You niggas ain’t in the South. And all you old bitch-ass niggas talking about “crunk,” you niggas ain’t do nothing but take Three 6 Mafia’s style and renamed it.”
The very nexy month, Pimp C pumped his brakes and issued an apology: “To all my Atlanta fans & friends, I want to say I apologize for my statement in Ozone magazine about Atlanta not being the South!! That was a bull**** statement!! Atlanta is and has always been the dirty mthfkn South!!!!! Chuuch!! But the rest of what I said, about them p***y a** niggaz is and will always be the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
07. Ice-T Apologizes To Soulja Boy, Sort Of
After saying that Soulja Boy single-handedly killed hip-hop and telling him to eat a dick, Ice-T seemed to have a change of heart. The part time pimp and rap-rock rebel turned actor made a semi-apologetic video directed at the young rapper and web entrepreneur.
In the video he says, “I apologize Soulja Boy for telling you to eat a d*ck. That was just in anger…Because truthfully, a brother of my caliber shouldn’t be talking down on a youngster of your age. T continued, “But as far as your music goes.. it’s garbage!…There are kids that go in the studio and really try to rap. That really sit down with a pen and write stuff…I’m talking about you’re garbage! We got to get rid of that, man. Hip-hop has to last and it ain’t gonna last with you doing that Supaman bullshit.”
06. T-Pain Apologizes To Jay-Z
In June 2009, T-Pain embraced Jay-Z’s controversial single “D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-tune)” by joining him on stage during the rapper’s Hot 97’s Summer Jam performance. When Jay-Z was asked about the gesture afterwards, he said, “It was awkward, but it was cool…He didn’t mean any harm.”
But a few months later in Las Vegas, T-Pain lashed out at Jay-Z saying, “Jay-Z is 59 years old. I don’t think he has the right to say what’s good and what’s not. I think if anything is dead, it should be him.” Later that month Pain released a song called “More Careful,” in which he raps, “Some days I wish that I ain’t never say shit/ And Diddy said ain’t no excuse for what I did/ But I felt like he was knocking the same shit that feeds my kids.” The third verse ends with him saying, “My bad.”
05. The Notorious B.I.G. Apologized To Kandi of Xscape & Patti LaBelle For “Dreams”
On his X-rated classic “Dreams,” Biggie indulges some freaky R&B fantasies, and throws a few shots in the direction of R&B group Xscape saying, “I’ll fuck Rupaul before I fuck them ugly-ass Xscape bitches.” Patti LaBelle was also mentioned in the song—“I’d probably go to jail for fucking Patti LaBelle.” Biggie rapped. The legendary singer wasted no time calling him up to call him out for his lyrics: “He apologized. I just said ‘Well you know brother, you really can’t see me that way.’”
Years later, Xscape singer Kandi revealed that on the night of his death, Biggie extended an apology to Xscape during a Soul Train Awards after party in Los Angeles. Kandi said she regrets not accepting his apology.
04. Puff Daddy Apologizes To Steve Stoute For Beatdown
Steve Stoute, Nas’ manager at the time, and Diddy, then known as Puff Daddy, started feuding when Diddy insisted that his crucifixion scene in Nas’ “Hate Me Now” be cut out before the video aired on MTV. Steve Stoute refused to re-edit the clip and on the night of April 15th, 1999, Diddy and two others attacked Stoute in his New York office, hitting him with a champagne bottle. The assault allegedly left him with a broken arm and jaw.
Stoute sued Diddy, but the matter was resolved out of court. In May, Diddy apologized in USA Today saying, “I made a major mistake, and I have to handle the consequences for it. I have to admit I was totally wrong. I have to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
03. Eminem Apologizes For Making Racist Song As A Teenager
In November of 2003, The Source magazine dug up an old Eminem freestyle on which Marshall Mathers raps “Blacks and whites they sometimes mix/But black girls only want your money ’cause they’re dumb chicks/Don’t date a black girl/If you do it once you won’t do it twice/Black girls are dumb, and white girls are good chicks.”
Eminem addressed the track later that month saying, “The tape … was something I made out of anger, stupidity and frustration when I was a teenager. I’d just broken up with my girlfriend, who was African American, and I reacted like the angry, stupid kid I was. I hope people will take it for the foolishness that it was, not for what somebody is trying to make it into today.”
Two weeks later he offer another mea culpa: “While I think common sense tells you not to judge a man by what he may have said when he was a boy, I will say it straight up: I am sorry I said those things when I was 16.”
In 2009, Asher Roth suffered similar backlash when his attempt at twitter humor went horribly wrong. Making a reference to Don Imus’ infamous diss to the Rutgers women’s basketball team, the rapper said, “Been a day of rest and relaxation — sorry twitter hanging with nappy headed hoes.” Roth apologized to “any man, woman, or child” he may have offended, calling his comments “immature.”
02. Kanye West Apologizes To Taylor Swift
In a moment that will forever live in award-show infamy, a slightly tipsy Yeezy interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance of the Best Female Video award at MTV’s Video Music Awards. “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’ma let you finish,” he remarked, “but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. Of all time!”
Shortly after being escorted from the building he took to his blog to offer an all-caps apology. In the blog post Kanye wrote, “I’m sooooo sorry to Taylor Swift and her fans and her mom,” he wrote. “I spoke to her mother right after and she said the same thing my mother would’ve said. She is very talented!”
Later, on the “Power (Remix)” Yeezy rhymed, “Jay’s my big brother, and B’s my little sister/And excuse me all, but you can’t see my little sister,” which seemed to rescind his previous apology.
01. Jay-Z’s Mom Makes Him Apologize For “Superugly”/strong>
In the midst of his epic battle with Nas, Jay dropped the song “Super Ugly” In the song Jay claimed to be smashing Nas’s baby mother, whom he identified by name. Right after the tune premiered on Hot 97 in December of 2001, Jay-Z received a call from his mother letting him know, “That went too far.”
Jay returned to the station the day after and said, “I apologize. I felt like I didn’t think about women’s feelings or [Nas' former girlfriend's] feelings, or even my mom. It was really like, ‘Let me meet your level of disrespect with this level of disrespect.’”
There really is nothing worse than swallowing your pride and saying sorry. To see the full list head on over to Complex.