He says sorry for comments he made about black women when he was 16 years old...

EMINEM has apologised for an old rap in which he disses black women.

As previously reported on NME.COM, an early tape of a song, which was recorded over 10 years ago, are said to contain offensive lyrics. The tape was played at a press conference (November 18), where the track featuring the disses were heard.

In a new statement to the American press, the rapper said the song “in no way represents who I was then or who I am today”.

He continued: “In becoming an adult, I’ve seen what hip-hop and rap music can do to touch millions of people. The music can be truly powerful, and it has helped improve race relations in a very real way. I want to use this negative attack on me as a positive opportunity to show that.”

According to MTV, the statement continues: “So 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. And I don’t want to let anybody turn this into an opportunity to promote their own bullshit agenda.”