Dee Barnes entered the game as a trailblazer, the first female hip-hop journalist with a television series. Though Pump It Up! featured many prominent interviews with some of the late-eighties' and early nineties' biggest names, many have come to associate Barnes with another unrelated incident. In 1991, Barnes was assaulted by Dr. Dre during a record release party, an incident that was later referenced by Eminem in Slim Shady LP's Dre-assisted "Guilty Conscience." While the situation was ultimately settled out of court, it appears to have followed Barnes ever since.
Now, Barnes has found herself once again facing adversity of a different nature. The former host recently shared an update on her situation, explaining that she's currently in the process of being evicted. She has since shared a GoFundMe page with a further explanation: "This page was created as an emergency fund to stop the process and the subsequent legal fees," she writes. "Even though I am facing extreme financial hardship, I keep my head up. I know who I am, I know my worth and I know I'm not alone."