What should we think of a man who once praised Eminem as the best rapper and who changed his mind just to launch his career as an untalented MC with no skills ?
This is how Benzino expressed about Eminem a few years ago. Being asked if he thought Marshall Mathers was the best white MC ever, he answered :
« I would have to say yeah, no doubt. But cats like Jo Jo Pellegrino are kinda nice too. I like his lyrics, I’m not gonna front. »
And those are the words he stated when he changed his mind :
“We come from the same neighborhood and he ain’t got no street credibility. He ain’t no gangsta or soldier. He was in the basement practicing his skills while the real world was going on outside. He’s catching these bullshit cases. Smacking up John Guerra, the one who was kissing his wife, with an unloaded gun. In the song, Eminem’s saying that he’s 6’2″ and that ain’t the case. John Guerra is 5’4″ or 5’2″. What kind of tough guy are you?”
Eminem no street credibility ? Thats so funny coming from a fake gangsta wannabe such as Benzino. Eminem has been beaten up as a kid and shoot at when he was a teenager :
“I was walking home from my boy’s house, through the Bel-Air Shopping Center. All these black dudes rode by in a car, flippin’ me off. I flipped them off back, they drove away, and I didn’t think nothin’ of it. Evidently they parked the car. One dude came up, hit me in the face and knocked me down. Then he pulled out a gun. I ran right out my shoes, dog. I thought that’s what they wanted.”
In fact Eminem was wrong. Those guys didnt want his shoes. Next day, the shoes had been left at the same place.
“That’s how I knew it was racial.”
Eminem was saved by a white guy who threatened those guys with a gun and drove him home.
Debbie recalls :
“He came in wearing just his socks and underwear. They had taken his jogging suit off him, taken his boombox. They would have taken him out, too.”
He seems to forget that he used to live across 8 Mile and that life in the black neighborhood was much more than risky for a white man and his family.
Benzino ignited the war between him and Eminem by calling the talented rapper «Vanilla Ice 2003».
In a track called « Pull Your Skirt Up », he started dissing Eminem :
“Five shades darker, you’d be Canibus/ And no one would care about your complicated rhyme style/ … What you know about pumpin’ on the block ’til you freeze?/ What you know about cutting up rocks, duckin’ [detectives]?/ What you know about facing a grand jury indictment?/ As far as I’m concerned, you’re just industry excitement.”
Has Benzino suddenly become jealous of the best MC or did he need some publicity from the music industry ? Probably both. In his diss track he admits Eminem s complicated rhyme style and he seems to be enraged, because -deep inside- he perfectly knows he will never be at Eminems level. It is laughable, Benzino has no skills, plus there are millions of annoying party rappers like him with the same style. The man lacks originality and has proven to be a perfect dumbass. But this wasnt enough for Benzino who is so full of himself that he isnt afraid at all of looking ridiculous in front of the world.
Benzino had no real arguments against Eminem, so he choose to attack him on his skin color and to says stupid things about Hailie. He said he intented to kill Marshall and to rape and kill Hailie( whose name he is unable to spell).
Eminems response to Benzinos diss tracks were « I dont wanna » and « Nail In The Coffin ». Both lyrics have been reunited in the well known « Nail In The Coffin song » where Eminem verbally kills Benzino. « The Sauce » is also another diss against the Source magazine.
Benzino aka Raymond Scott aka Raydog has also proven hes phoney. When he met Obie Trice in PuertoRico, he shook his hands and congratulated him on « Rap Name ». Eminem is making fun of it in « Nail In The Coffin ».
Obie Trice talks about his encounter with Benzino :
« The thing with Benzino, I seen him in Puerto Rico and he gave it up to me because I made “Fat Tape” in The Source that month. It was a big thing for me, and I was excited, I grew up on that. So to see “Rap Name” on “Fat Tape” I thought it was dope, so I seen him in the lobby of the hotel and he shook my hand like, “Yeah, I got you! Dawg, you tight, nigga!” Ya know, he’s shaking my hand, looking me in the eyes telling me that stuff, but if I was a busta, he should have played me like one right then, face to face. So I only think there’s a few real cats out here man, that’s why I don’t be trying to meet these cats, I keep to myself, my family and my crew. These cats ain’t real. »
As 50 Cent said it so well, Benzino is trying to get some attention. Hes a bad rapper with no talent.
“The situation with Eminem and Benzino, and that’s not beef. That’s a person just trying to get attention, you know what I mean, ’cause they never had any altercations or any run-ins or anything. So I’m, like, ‘That’s corny.'”
“If he had a beef, I’d probably be in the middle of it–a real situation, you know what I mean–but that ain’t nothing.It’s obvious he’s taking the shot to try and get on, you know what I mean?”
You may not like Eminem and you have the right to. But you should be clever enough to see Benzino is trying to manipulate peoples minds against Eminem. His mic rating is also far from being honest. Check this article out :
Frankly, I wish more people could open their eyes about Raymond Scott and Dave Mays hypocrisy. Im disappointed when people are telling me that Eminem is a racist and that hes making money on black peoples back.
Unfortunately, Eminem has made a mistake in his past and dissed black women on a tape. It is not so much important to know if this tape is from 1988 or 1993. Matter of fact , it is older than a decade. When Eminem released it, he was even encouraged by Blacks to do it. He did it out of anger because he had dumped his black girlfriend. Believe me, if he was such a racist, he wouldnt have dated a black woman at a time of high racial tensions in Detroit. Eminem regrets it and apologized. Now we seriously need to turn the page. The mistake is regrettable, but it doesnt correspond to the way Marshall considers black people.
Eminem has helped people from different conditions and origins to access hip hop and his audience is universal. But we shouldnt forget that his main audience was black when he began emceeing in Detroit. Anybody who focuses a real interest on Eminem will be brought back to his roots and -by extension- to black people.
Im also getting tired of people telling me all the time : « just because Eminem hang out with a few Blacks doesnt mean hes not a racist ». No, people ! You are wrong ! Eminem grew up on the black side of Detroit. He used to live among Blacks and has shared so much with them. Hes been signed by a black producer. Now that hes wealthy and famous, his best friends are still the same black men he used to rap with when he was underground. He never forgot his fellows from the D12 crew. And people signed to Shady/Aftermath are black. I have said it many times, but I consider that things need to be put perfectly clear : Eminem shows love and concern towards black people, he feels next to them and even wished he was born black. He has proven his love and concern in his interviews and songs.
Dont believe what both big racists Dave Mays( who needs hip hop music to respect black people) and Benzino( who encouraged another white MC to use the N word) to destroy the career a talented MC struggled so hard for.