Eminem Responds To Grandmother's Protests

After his grandmother objected to the plan in the "Detroit News," rapper Eminem now tells the paper he won't use a recording of his late uncle on an upcoming song.

As we reported earlier this week, Betty Kresin (the Detroit-based rapper's grandmother) was upset that Eminem had planned to sample from a tape that he made 13 years ago with his uncle, Ronnie Polkingharn, who died in 1991 (see "Eminem Faces More Family Troubles").

Now Em (real name Marshall Mathers) tells the "Detroit News" that he won't use the tape due to Kresin's protests. "My grandmother is going off on me. Now I don't think anything is going to happen," Em tells the newspaper.

Kresin had told the paper that she didn't want Em to use her son on any upcoming tracks, noting, "I will not let my grandson destroy my dead son with this garbage."

Em responded in the "News," telling the paper that he had hoped to use the tape as a tribute to an

old friend and never planned to desecrate his memory. "We grew up like brothers," the rapper tells the "News." "I loved Ronnie. I've got a Ronnie' tattoo on my arm… I wanted to pay tribute to him."

The flap is just the latest chapter in the strange and ongoing saga of Em's troubled family. The dysfunction seemed to come to a head earlier this year when Eminem's mother filed a $10 million slander suit against him.

"I let the public decide for themselves what idiots my family is," the rapper told the "News" this week of his ongoing family troubles. "My family has never been there for me. They expect things because we're blood."