Benzino & Eminem's Beef Held Slim Shady Back From Scoring 5-Mic Review From "The Source"

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"I was the top of a damn near $75 million company when ni**as wasn’t getting money like that," Benzino reflected of his time at the publication.

Of the many music genres that exist, hip-hop is arguably the best known for beef unfolding between artists. There have been plenty of legendary feuds and diss tracks over the decades, many of which are still talked about today. On Matt Hoffa's My Expert Opinion podcast, media proprietor Benzino stopped by to discuss his long-spanning drama with Eminem, who he still hasn't totally forgiven for what transpired between them in the past. As it turns out, at the height of Zino's career, he actually made sure that the 8 Mile actor didn't receive the ultimate accolade, a five-mic review from The Source magazine.

"I was the top of my muthaf**kin’ food chain," Coi Leray's father said while reflecting on the early 2000s. "I was the top of a damn near $75 million company when ni**as wasn’t getting money like that, I got that big money first and I was the top of that," Benzino further bragged of his past successes. Because of his high status in the industry, the 58-year-old knew that he had the power to determine how the public was perceiving artists, especially since social media wasn't around at the time.

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Benzino Addresses His Beef with Eminem on My Expert Opinion

"So when the Eminem thing came through 'The Source,' at this point, it’s getting disrespectful. So how the f**k am I gonna have this ni**a in my magazine? Would you?" Benzino told Hoffa and his co-hosts. "You’re not gonna put nobody in your magazine to give this ni**a five mics after this ni**a's being disrespectful. You wouldn’t do it, man. Nobody would."

Shortly before Benzino revisited his beef with Eminem on My Expert Opinion, the Detroit-born lyricist found himself at odds with another industry veteran – Melle Mel. The latter responded to Slim Shady's "Realest" verse with a diss track of his own earlier this month but ultimately admitted that it fell short. Read more about that at the link below, and check back later for more hip-hop/pop culture news updates.

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About The Author
Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.