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Tuesday, 7 August, 2001, 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
Eminem's D12 thrown off tour
Eminem
Eminem was not touring with D12 at the time
Eminem's rap outfit D12 have been kicked off a US tour after allegedly getting into a fight with rival rappers.

D12, a group of Eminem's protégés, were playing on the Warped Tour in New Jersey when the incident took place.

Members are alleged to have attacked fellow rappers Esham and TNT, part of the group Natas.

Esham is said to have suffered a broken nose, ruptured eyeball and concussion.

Purple Pills by D-12
The single's title was changed from Purple Pills

There has been a long-running feud between Esham and Eminem - who was not part of the tour.

Esham has accused the artist of stealing his material for D12's best-selling album Devils Night.

The Warped Tour was a showcase for many upcoming and established artists including Blink 182 and the Rollins Band.

D12 spokesman Dennis Dennehy confirmed a fight had broken out and that it was being investigated by police.

Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman confirmed that both D12 and Natas were dropped from the US tour but declined to comment on the incident.

D12's Devils Night album is currently at number four in the UK charts, but its explicit lyrics have caused problems for the band.

Their debut single had to been heavily edited to make it suitable for radio and television.

Purple Pills was changed to Purple Hills to make it more palatable for younger audiences.

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