Royce Da 5'9" has a long history of defending his good buddy Eminem.
When he jumped in after Lord Jamar's racially charged attacks on Shady, he was labeled an Uncle Tom.
He addressed that in an interview with Talib Kweli's People's Party.
"They kept talking about it on Vlad, and somewhere along the lines I get called a house n*gga. "Now we talking about something different. When we started to have words, it was after that," Royce explained.
"It's very difficult to be close to somebody like Marshall, who doesn't his platform to do a whole lot of talking. It just is what it is on that level. It's very easy to assume he's a certain why. It's difficult for me as his friend. I know he's a student of the game, I know there's admiration for Brand Nubian. I know he's not one of those guys [Jamar] is trying to peg him to be," he continued.
"Listen, I'm going to stand up for Marshall cause that's my friend. I'm always going to stand up for him. I didn't want to create a situation where I'm disrespecting Lord Jamar, but I'm not always the best with my words. "What people don't understand is that Marshall is my friend."
Royce then used his friendship with Joe Budden to explain his friendship with Eminem
"They used to say the same thing about Joe," explains Royce. "He always sticking up for Joe. People had a problem with me understanding Joe. Me and Joe didn't like each other in the beginning. But when we got in a group together and I got to know him, now I love Joe. So now, you can't say anything bad about Joe. I'm gonna have a problem with that."