Author Topic: Allhiphop.com Benzino Interview.. talks alot of shit about Tony Yayo and Hot 97  (Read 515 times)

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Ray Benzino might be setting up his personal Tet Offensive, a series of aggressive moves in his long running war again "the machine." And like the famous strategy in a war torn 1960's Vietnam, Benzino hopes to topple his adversaries in a spectacular fashion and drive them out of Hip-Hop for the good of the culture.

If this offensive is to work, Boston native must contend with a number of obstacles from his cumbersome work as The Source's Co-Owner/ Chief Brand Manager to and his plethora of enemies and his other affairs.

Rumors have swirled of The Source's financial woes, sale, and eviction. If that weren't enough, Benzino and the magazine have not only criticized G-Unit for [being agents of the corporate machine?], but also accuse radio heavyweights like Funkmaster Flex of accepting pay for play. Although his foes deny the charges, 'Zino is pursuing them using every weapon in his arsenal. Read the war report from Zino's uniquely abrasive perspective.

AllHipHop.com: Let's touch on the issue of The Source and bankruptcy, what is really going on?

Benzino: We are definitely not filing bankruptcy, that's a lie. Dave has been handling the finances since day one. What happened is he took out a loan to get in on the Internet stuff; the next thing you know we are indebted to this bank because of the high interest rate. It's funny that in Hip-Hop, everyone has money except for the artists. There is a big corporate machine that basically exploits our music and our artists, and this is exactly like one of those situations where corporate America thought they could get over.

AllHipHop.com: Besides the issue of bankruptcy, there is also speculation that financial troubles is leading to an eviction of The Source at your 23rd street office in New York.

Benzino: We are not being evicted. We are just looking for a smaller space because we aren't using it. There is no reason to continue paying for a space that we aren't using, so we are in the process of shopping around.

AllHipHop.com: Speaking of businesses - many are still wondering why you are still beefing with artists at Aftermath?

Benzino: You know what we have explained the issue with Eminem and Jimmy Iovine repeatedly. I really can't understand how he can be rated one of the top rated MCs when he is exploiting our music. I mean, it's crazy because we have beef with Interscope, who basically has everything locked down. People won't advertise with us. So we decided to go through a restructure just like any other business. But everyone wants to talk about The Source, but everyone wants a business like The Source, I hate the fact that we get criticized for promoting ourselves. If you look at it, we aren't doing anything different than Russell Simmons or Damon Dash. Honestly, if you wear two hats, of course youre going to cross-promote between the two.

AllHipHop.com: Recently there has been a lot of friction between you and Funkmaster Flex, what's the issue and how did that start?

Benzino: First off, I would like to say there is no beef. He talks a lot of trash [on air at Hot 97] and when he leaves, he has a group of security guards, but one day he is going to slip and when we do collide you are going to hear about it.

AllHipHop.com: Touching on another subject dealing with the payola scandals, what is the deal behind this lawsuit you are filing against the industry?

Benzino: We are filing a lawsuit against the major forces in the industry for the middle-man, because it's the middle man who doesn't get their artists played in a major market like New York - because they aren't paying. We are linking up with all the artists and managers, anyone who has tried honestly to get they stuff heard and couldn't because they wasn't paying. In all honesty, Flex thought he was going to be gone a long time ago because of the payola. I ain't going to lie, I used to pay Flex back in the day, but now because he down with G-Unit he want to trip, b*tch please. That's why I am telling you, if we ever met up, it's a wrap.

AllHipHop.com: A lot if people have been coming down on The Source not because of the G-U-Not issue, but because the attack seems to have been going on for a long time now.

Benzino: We basically are taking a stand, but while everyone points out the fact we are standing up, no one is saying anything about XXL being bought out to put them on the cover every month.

AllHipHop.com: Steve Stoute has been on Hot 97 talking about he loaned Dave Mays money for The Source and hes made reference to the fact that he is in the process of looking into buying The Source.

Benzino: Steve has always been on Daves d**k. He's on Hot 97 lying. Notice how he's saying, "He was going to buy The Source, he wasn't going to do nothing. We bought his house back in the day when he was in trouble, and turned it into the Made Men headquarters, I mean this is the same guy that was chased by Foxy Brown and smacked across the head by Diddy; so he has always been a peon. The best description I have for Steve Stoute is a crab who jumps on everybody's d**k. Dave borrowed $500,000 from him and gave it back to him, then he tried to ask for $100,000 in interest. Put it like this: anyone who mentions my name will get the business. Chubby Chubb got it, DJ Enuff apologized, so it's over. But next time I see Flex and Tony Yay,o it's on. I want everyone to know that Flex and Tony Yayo aren't allowed in Boston.

AllHipHop.com: Speaking on Tony Yayo, what happened with him being on the cover of The Source?

Benzino: Tony Yayo saw me in South Beach, ran across the street and started talking that trash about how 50 best not be on the cover.

AllHipHop.com: What happened to The Source Awards and is it going to be held again?

Benzino: UPN had it for a year, but UPN was really scared of the Hip-Hop audience. Too many people say they support the craft, but then they turn their back on it. I mean now they do the Vibe awards, which is some cookie cutter bulls**t; some stuff for Steve Stoute and Russell Simmons. They are too busy trying to reach a suburban audience, that they aren't paying attention to the 'hood. But we are in the process of taking The Source Awards to another network, so we are looking at hosting it in January of 2006.

AllHipHop.com: So what happened at BET?

Benzino: The same thing that happened to Free and AJ, the same people that had problems with them is who we have issues with. I mean there is so much stuff going on with them up there that it' crazy. You got Scott Mills who has a family, dating some guy in the legal department and he was the main one with issues about Dave and I showing up at our own awards show. So you best believe that is one case that we will win in court, because the contract we had with BET was straight black and white and it was for three years, so I am waiting for that day in court.

AllHipHop.com: Is there anyone else you want to air out that has been putting you on blast?

Benzino: I mean everyone over at Hot 97, Angie Martinez she talks all that s**t. You know what, here is a contest: I got $97.00 for anyone who can guess who the father of her baby is.

AllHipHop.com: Other than issues with side talking, what's next for Benzino?

Benzino: Right now the next issue of The Source is taking an in-depth look at Hip-Hop behind bars, we are in the process of releasing a Source sponsored Hip-Hop hits album with Warner Music. We have launched three additions to The Source Magazine family which is The Source Latino, The Source France, and The Source Japan and last but least we have The Source ringtones. So we are definitely doing it big and not going for broke.
 

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I used to say fuck this guy when he had beef w/ eminem but he actually sounds like a real dude, more power to him
 

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 "Benzino: You know what we have explained the issue with Eminem and Jimmy Iovine repeatedly. I really can't understand how he can be rated one of the top rated MCs when he is exploiting our music"

and then i stopped reading. What does he mean our music ? Black peoples ? The guy is a racist . The source exploits hip hop more than any artist, it dont even make hip hop.

If benzino is talking about eminems racist tapes then he has every right to be pissed, but i didnt see him or the source raging a war against Ice cube when he made cave bitch. The guy is a hypocrite.

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I bet Yayo and Flex will be pissed they arn't allowed in Boston ::)
 

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I have to state that Benzino had the amazing idea of establishing a white rapper in the game, and Eminem and Dre fucked him up by being faster, and now he's jealous. Just so you know what the hate is all about really.
Cause I don't care where I belong no more
What we share or not I will ignore
And I won't waste my time fitting in
Cause I don't think contrast is a sin
No, it's not a sin
 

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Everything Benzino said was on point,y'all are just mad cause he's telling the truth.
 

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Everything Benzino said was on point,y'all are just mad cause he's telling the truth.
I really can't understand how he can be rated one of the top rated MCs when he is exploiting our music.  Coming from BitchZino who isn't black
 

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^He's half black half-white or something like that.Either way he has black in him.
 

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i cant respect anything a person says that considers rap/hip-hop for only black people

I WENT TO STAPLES CENTER WEN I WAS WALKING MY GOLD RAG FALL OF MY POCKET AND THE GROUND WAS WET TO AND DIRTY MY RAG GOT DIRTY A LIL BIT PULL IT IT BACK AND MAKE SURE IT WOULD NOT DROP AGAIN ROCKING MY RAG AGAIN HOMIE 8
 

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that's real talk but The Source still got blood on their hands, now they pushing back...
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Everything Benzino said was on point,y'all are just mad cause he's telling the truth.
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'cept for the "our music" bit   :eh:  :grumpy:

I WENT TO STAPLES CENTER WEN I WAS WALKING MY GOLD RAG FALL OF MY POCKET AND THE GROUND WAS WET TO AND DIRTY MY RAG GOT DIRTY A LIL BIT PULL IT IT BACK AND MAKE SURE IT WOULD NOT DROP AGAIN ROCKING MY RAG AGAIN HOMIE 8
 

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benzino is mad that after the eminem beef interscope took out all of there advertising in the source he lost a lot of money and interscope aint no different than any other major label
 

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i like the sentence that talks about doing it big and the source ringtones, come on now.... 8)

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 "Benzino: You know what we have explained the issue with Eminem and Jimmy Iovine repeatedly. I really can't understand how he can be rated one of the top rated MC’s when he is exploiting our music"

and then i stopped reading. What does he mean our music ? Black peoples ? The guy is a racist . The source exploits hip hop more than any artist, it dont even make hip hop.

If benzino is talking about eminems racist tapes then he has every right to be pissed, but i didnt see him or the source raging a war against Ice cube when he made cave bitch. The guy is a hypocrite.
How is he being racists?he just told the truth own some things.and hiphop is a International form of music (NOW!).but the BLACK RACE GAVE BIRTH TO IT.its our specail baby...why you think no matter what you say or think.hiphop sounds sooo much better when African Americans do it....Why?cause its our shit!..every body else is just renting it.
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 "Benzino: You know what we have explained the issue with Eminem and Jimmy Iovine repeatedly. I really can't understand how he can be rated one of the top rated MCs when he is exploiting our music"

and then i stopped reading. What does he mean our music ? Black peoples ? The guy is a racist . The source exploits hip hop more than any artist, it dont even make hip hop.

If benzino is talking about eminems racist tapes then he has every right to be pissed, but i didnt see him or the source raging a war against Ice cube when he made cave bitch. The guy is a hypocrite.
How is he being racists?he just told the truth own some things.and hiphop is a International form of music (NOW!).but the BLACK RACE GAVE BIRTH TO IT.its our specail baby...why you think no matter what you say or think.hiphop sounds sooo much better when African Americans do it....Why?cause its our shit!..every body else is just renting it.

now that's just on some subjective ass shit, I know plenty of ppl who are educated about hiphop and prefer white rappers overall. next, if anybody else is just renting it, you are renting a lot of things cause you didnt invent them. like cars. planes. telephones. light bulbs.
a German dude invented the computer. yall bitches are just renting shit, you're lucky we accept the rest of the world using computers and what is based on them, like internet and pretty much everything.
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Cause I don't care where I belong no more
What we share or not I will ignore
And I won't waste my time fitting in
Cause I don't think contrast is a sin
No, it's not a sin
 

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saying the black race gave birth to hip hop isn't too smart. everybody knows that hip hop and its origins have a lot of issues relating to black performance art that prefigured it such as free jazz but that hip hop was a movement coming from a black/latino community in heavily run down areas of new york. it wasn't just black but everybody (namely latinos) involved in those communities that gave birth to hip hop. the media just goes overboard on the black influence so that people's common perception of hip hop = a black movement. the actual ideology behind the whole thing is universal though, so benzino's stance is unsupportable in my opinion.

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saying the black race gave birth to hip hop isn't too smart. everybody knows that hip hop and its origins have a lot of issues relating to black performance art that prefigured it such as free jazz but that hip hop was a movement coming from a black/latino community in heavily run down areas of new york. it wasn't just black but everybody (namely latinos) involved in those communities that gave birth to hip hop. the media just goes overboard on the black influence so that people's common perception of hip hop = a black movement. the actual ideology behind the whole thing is universal though, so benzino's stance is unsupportable in my opinion.

yup....hempside u dont know shit nigga....oh yeah and fuck benzino..he's still a jealous azz bitch....