Benzino Reacts To J. Cole's Kendrick Lamar Apology, Challenges Eminem To A Rap Battle

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Benzino thinks he's finally ready to go up against his longtime rival.

After Kendrick Lamar dissed Drake and J. Cole on "Like That" with Future and Metro Boomin, fans were eager to hear how each MC would fire back. Their wishes were partially granted earlier this month when Cole surprise-released his album Might Delete Later, complete with a Kendrick diss track, "7 Minute Drill." Not long after the release, however, J. Cole had a change of heart. During his performance at Dreamville, he apologized for the song, and even later removed it from streaming services for good.

The unexpected move was pretty controversial among fans, but according to Benzino, it didn't come as a surprise to him. During a recent chat with TMZ Hip Hop, The Source icon weighed in on the debacle and came to J. Cole's defense. Moreover, he praised the MC for staying relatively unproblematic, and for setting a good example of conflict resolution.

Benzino Praises J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, And Drake

"J. Cole, Kendrick, Drake, they're not battle rappers. Not saying that they can't, but they didn't come into the game as that. They came into the game making amazing songs," he explained. While Benzino might respect J. Cole for his approach to the beef, he notes that the same doesn't apply to him amid his years-long feud with Eminem.

Elsewhere in the interview, he challenged Slim Shady to a face-to-face rap battle, as he believes he's in his prime. "I believe I could face-to-face battle with him and I'm willing to do so," he announced. "I'm willing to challenge him right here on TMZ. A face-to-face battle, three rounds, and I believe I could take him."

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What do you think of Benzino saluting J. Cole for apologizing for his Kendrick Lamar diss, "7 Minute Drill"? What about him challenging Eminem to a rap battle? Share your thoughts in the comments section down below, and keep an eye on HNHH for more updates.

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Caroline Fisher is a News Writer at HotNewHipHop from Chicago, Illinois. She started at HNHH this year, and has since spent her time writing about all that is newsworthy in the world of hip-hop. With a drive for hunting down the hottest stories, she enjoys documenting new developments in culture and entertainment. She also has an appreciation for hip-hop and seeks to cover the most important trends and shifts. She has a Bachelor of Arts which she received at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Having graduated in 2022, she majored in English with a concentration in Media, Rhetoric and Cultural Studies. Specializing all things music, pop culture and entertainment, some of her favorite musical artists include Snoop Dogg, OutKast, and Nicki Minaj. When she’s not writing about music she’s also a fan of attending shows, watching the latest movies, staying up-to-date with current events, photography, and poetry.