Benzino who was involved in one of the most publicized rap feuds in the early 2000’s with Hip Hop star Eminem wants to apologize for his part in the beef, as he now says he regrets his actions. Benzino admits that he took things too far, and places part of the blame on his position as the head of The Source magazine, which made him feel untouchable.
in a recent interview with Global Grind, Benzino explains his feud with Eminem:
“When the Eminem situation happened, I was just on top and I didn’t have to answer to nobody. When you’re on top and even with a lot of people in New York [and] even with labels, you still have to answer to somebody. Me and Dave [Mays, co-founder] was [at The Source], and at that point, I wanted to prove to everybody like, ‘Listen, I’m the one running this here and I can do this without reservation’…it was a mistake for me getting involved in the situation with Eminem.”
“The Eminem thing started getting uglier and uglier, and of course I can take responsibility for some of the stuff I said as far as directly towards his family, you know, really personal shots. It was out of order. I believe some of the stuff that he said was out of order also, but at the end of the day, it’s all fair in war…if I could do it over again, I definitely would. Eminem was and still is a major force. Hip Hop has brought cultures together – Asian, Latino, Black, White – and I should have been more responsible…[If I met him today] first I’d want to apologize for the Hailie references.”
Watch Benzino’s interview with Global Grind, below: