This interview went down a couple of weeks agoi with Benzino and Angie Martinez of Hot 97 in NY.. He was responding to the interview that took place a few days before with Eminem..
Benzino: "Yo I'm from da hood! I'm reppin for my people man!! I rep the block!! This is for hip hop!! Hip hop is da streets!!"
Angie: But why don't you have beef with any of the other artists who's selling like Nelly and Ja? Why Em?
Benzino: Cuz this cr@cka dont know nothing about the streets! I'm from the streets! I'm reppin for all my ghetto ni99az man! This cr@cka think he can come here and extort hip hop! Hip hop is the streets!
Angie: Is this cuz he's white? Why did you just use the word cr@cka'?
Benzino: Yo, forget you Angie!! He called me a woman and a ***** in that interview with you, and you let him get away with it, so I have the right to call him a cr@cka! Whats your problem?!
Angie: But you're using a racial slur here Ben.
Benzino: So what? You know that white boy wants to call us ni99as, but he wont do it cuz that would be the end of his career! He's dying to call us all ni99az, but he cant do that. I thought you was with me on this, and I'm sad to see that you not. That white boy obviously brainwashed you!.
Angie: Brainwashed? I don't appreciate that at all Ben. You need to accept the fact that people dont agree with you.
Benzino: But the streets do AGREE with me!!
Angie: But alot of people dont, and you need to understand that!
Benzino: I do understand that. Bottom line is this white boy dont know nothing about the streets. And if he's listening, we can fight anywhere... Denmark, Alaska, Detroit. Set it up and I'll destroy you.
Angie: What about some people saying that you're dissing Em to boost your record sales?
Benzino: C'mon now, let me say this... ya boy Ben is financially set. I dont need to do this hip hop thing anymore. Angie, we both from the same label (Elektra). You know how I get down. True, I never sold any records, but it aint about rap to me. It's about connecting with the hood and the streets. I dont know nothing about fame and being arrogant. I'm with my people and the hood. People who know me knows that Benzino is the realest ²²²²² they know. This dude aint even from Detroit. Okay so he's from some trailor park, but he dont know nothing about the streets. He dont know how it feels about going outside and worrying that somebody might shoot you.
Angie: But he never talks about that in his rhymes Ben...
Benzino: He dont know anything about us. What does he talk about? About his slut of a wife who ****s every dude? About killing his moms? He can say whatever he wants, but nobody will stop him cuz he's white.
Angie: Nobody stops him? What about the thousands of activists who tried to shut him down?
Benzino: ]::ignoring her::] This dude is wack. He's stealing hip hop from us, from the streets.
Angie: I'm sorry Ben, but Em is one of the nicest in the game. The kid is nasty.
Benzino-: [::shocked::] Thats cuz he brainwashed you!
Angie: *laughs* whatever man
Benzino: Look at this. You obviously on his side. Compare this interview to his interview, and you obviously on his jock. He was talking all that **** about me, and all you did was giggle.
Angie: Ben, I'm not your babysitter dog. You came at him, so he responded. I'm not here to defend you or Em.
Benzino: But throughout that interview, you kept on referring to me as 'that dude'. What the hell was that about Angie?!?
Angie: ]::laughs::] What are you talking about?
Benzino: Why didn't you call me by my name? Why you callin me 'that dude'? Why are you on his side?!
Angie: You can't be serious Ben. I called you by your name at least 4o times, and you're gettin mad at the times when i said 'that dude'?
Angie: Yes, I went out and bought Em's album because I love him as an artist. I think all of his albums were dope. He's nice.
Benzino: [:mad as hell::] Nice?! Him? Compared to who?? I know thousands of street ni99az who's better that cant even get a deal because of this white boy!
Angie: So what about the people who worked with him?
Benzino: SELLOUTS!! But anybody who agrees with this kid has to have other motives, like wanting to be on his album. That's gotta be it.
Angie: [::laughs::] What about the idea that you might be wrong?
Benzino: I can't see it, cuz it is what it is.
Angie: What about Dre?
Benzino: Dre is a great producer, but his street credibility is real shaky right now. I dont even think he ****s with Em anymore.
Angie: Have you ever listened to any of his albums Ben?
Benzino: Heeeell no. I dont listen to that trash. I listen to real hip hop.. Scarface, Jay, Nas, Mobb Deep. That's street hip hop. This ****** dyed his hair blonde, took a bunch of blonde white kids at the VMA's and he's stealing hip hop. He even said that in his rhymes... 'i use black music to make myself wealthy heeey'. You didnt hear that ****? He's extortin us yo! I can't believe yall are gettin brainwashed like this!!
Benzino: See, you laughing now. But we'll see whos laughing in 10 years. I cant believe yall are sleeping on this guy. Yall laughing now, but soon yall wont have any deals, and this game wont even be in our hands anymore, and we'll be suckers...just like Elvis Presly stole rock ands roll from blacks. When that happens, then we'll see who laughs.
Angie: Ben, don't be mad at me--
Benzino: That's why the Source is a great thing. The Source will be here forever. Even when most ni99az are gone, the Source will still be here.
Angie: Lets not bring the Source in here Ben..
Benzino: Why not? Don't you wanna be in the source angie?
Angie: [::laughs::] I dunno, The Source doesn't like me, so it doesn't matter to me at all. I don't care.
Benzino: [::changes topic::] Bottom line is, these white people are stealing from us! Why is he selling so many units?! Answer me that!
Angie: Because he appeals to alot of people.
Benzino: Appeals to who?!?
Angie: To people like myself, a young puerto rican woman.
Angie: Yeah, and to a lot of white people of course.
Benzino: But how come Scarface dont sell that many units?? Or Mobb Deep?
Angie: Ben, you gotta realize that a lot of people appeal with Em, mostly white people. They dont appeal to Scarface. This is a business. If you want your product to sell, you need to appeal to the masses. That's why there's so many party records out there. More people appeal to Em and his struggle than they appeal to the hardcore street things that you talk about. Don't be mad at Em. The way I look at it, if you're gonna try to hate on Em, don't target all your hate on him... hate the whole system. But all you're doing is putting all your attention on one single person.
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