Even if it means going toe to toe with a Benzino
Benzino, sub-par rapper and former co-owner of The Source magazine, started a beef with Eminem in 2002 in the song “I Don’t Wanna”
Eminem complained about his 2/5 mic rating in The Source for his generally acclaimed album The Marshall Mathers LP (they later bumped it to 4/5, which Em was still not satisfied with)
Benzino claimed that Eminem was ruining hip-hop, was a racist, etc. He trashed Em constantly in interviews, public statements, The Source, and in the song “Pull Ya Skirt Up”. Eminem indulged him in this beef, despite it being an obvious marketing ploy, and released a slew of songs dissing Benzino, most notably “Bully”, “The Sauce”, and “Nail in the Coffin”
In the end, there was no winner. Benzino did succeed in getting some fame for himself, and probably sold a few extra issues of The Source as a result of the beef; but ultimately he and The Source lost all credibility. He is no longer affiliated with the magazine
Eminem was the clear lyrical winner of the battle, but Benzino did hurt Em with the release of of a song featuring a young Eminem rapping “nigger”, along with other racist sentiments. There is also the fact that Eminem looked a little silly going so hard after such a clown and giving him just what he wanted
Years after the feud in 2012, Benzino even apologized for mentioning Hailie’s name in song and admitted taking the beef too far. Peep the article and video interview with Benzino.
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