Benzino And Eminem Move To End Rivalry

Eminem’s conflict with Ray Benzino and The Source magazine

may finally come to rest, as both emcees have expressed their desire to make

peace after intense feuds and lyrical assaults.

Eminem contended

that record labels profit when artists battle, as the disputes tend to generate

more publicity.

"A lot of

times when rappers have beefs, their sales go up so meanwhile the record labels

and the heads of record labels benefit from this," Eminem recently told

MTV. "They go home and they can sleep, they rest their heads knowing that

they’re selling records. Meanwhile, we’re really out here."

Benzino responded

to Em’s bid to end their ongoing conflict, saying "It’s all good. Time

moves on, but if Eminem said that, I can only embrace that because he’s a huge

influence out there on the machine. My whole thing was really about the machine

and if he’s kind of speaking against the machine right now, then I’m all for

a sit down and if it’s going to be for the betterment of Hip-Hop and everybody,

then I’m all for it."

Much of Benzino’s

angst toward Eminem has been rooted in race. He and his Source constituents

presented a tape of Eminem using the N word about an African-American woman

when he was younger, in the infamous "Foolish Pride" recording.

But Eminem owned

up to his remarks on his latest album Encore, with the track "Yellow

Brick Road" where he raps, "I’ve heard people say they heard the tape

and it ain’t that bad / But it was, I singled out a whole race / And for that

I apologize / I was wrong."

The Detroit native

also addressed the sizzling beef with The Source, Benzino and Ja Rule on "Toy

Soldiers," a track Benzino said he was uncertain about at times.

The Boston-bred

emcee told Hot 97’s Angie Martinez, "It’s like a whole bunch of different

emotions so I actually let my guys tell me what they thought and they kind of

thought that he sounded like he was kind of reaching out."

Benzino further

explained that he didn’t expected or intend the verbal quarrels with Eminem

to erupt. "I think he’s a huge influence and I think things got kind of

crazy and it’s a situation where maybe if he wouldn’t have gotten so much on

the defensive and tried to really understand what myself and The Source was

standing for, we could have came to the table a while ago," Benzino said.

He added that he

attempted to smooth over the incident with Eminem’s record label Interscope

before the "Foolish Pride" tape came into play.

The beef, Benzino

said, has affected the business aspects of The Source, since Interscope has

refused to advertise with the magazine or feature their artists.

"If you look

in The Source, there are no Russell Simmons Phat Farm advertisements. It’s crazy

and that was because we went at Eminem and Russell took Jimmy [Iovine] and Eminem’s

side and there you have it," Benzino said. "The Source magazine went

through some tough times, but at the end of the day it’s a business and we survived

because we’re true to [ourselves] and we’re true to Hip-Hop."

Benzino added that

The Source will remain a staple in Hip-Hop and that artists need to end their

conflict for the sake of Hip-Hop.

"We all have

to come together and really stop trying to hurt each other because no other

genre of music does this to each other," Benzino insisted. "At some

point we can change it and if Eminem said that, I’m willing to sit down and

definitely talk to him because whatever is the past is the past. We gotta work

to make it better and make it better for our kids."

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