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Posted by Robert
Rap News Network
7/24/2003 7:57:32 AM

Tags and topics realted to this article include Eminem and Ja Rule.

EMINEM has hired six former CIA men to protect him from gangland assassination attempts.

The rapper is shadowed everywhere he goes by the former government agents and he wears a bulletproof vest whenever he’s not in the safety of his home or car.

His former bodyguard BYRON WILLIAMS said he is terrified after becoming involved in a bitter war of words with fellow rapper JA RULE.

Em put the team of ex-CIA security experts on the payroll last month — at a cost of £100,000 each — after the feud hotted up earlier this year.

The highly-trained heavies are armed with Glock handguns and do safety sweeps of anywhere he’s going.

They have also advised him to install an electric perimeter fence, CCTV cameras and motion sensors at his Detroit mansion.

Byron used to guard the star when he first burst on the scene, but was replaced when it became clear it was more than a one-man job.

Byron said: “I was with Eminem when we bought his first bullet vest. He wouldn’t be caught dead without it. Slim is frightened, his people are frightened. He is running against big league guys.

“When hardcore gangsters say they’re gonna do something, they do it. And right now, they’re saying they want to kill Eminem.”

The war of words has seen Eminem and Ja Rule exchange insults in their songs. Ja Rule branded Em’s mum a “crackhead” and his ex-wife a “sl*t”.

Eminem responded in Doe Ray Me — which features his six-year-old daughter — by ridiculing Ja for being short.

The rap world is infamous for gangland shootings. NOTORIOUS B.I.G. and TUPAC SHAKUR were both shot dead after a bitter feud.

Last year JAM MASTER JAY was gunned down in a New York recording studio.

And Eminem’s protege 50 CENT, who has been shot an incredible nine times, wore a bulletproof vest during his gig at Milton Keynes last month.

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