For those of you who have been losing sleep over the long-running Benzino and Eminem, you can officially breathe a sigh of relief. Despite his years of slander towards Slim Shady, as of Thursday (March 17), the feud has taken a sudden and unexpected turn. Tagging Em in a Tweet, Benzino (the former publisher of The Source) assured those interested or concerned that he's officially done hating on the rapper.
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“To all @Eminem fans and Stans all over the world,” he wrote. “The beef is officially over. I’m letting y’all know I have no hate towards any of his fans & recognize his contributions to Hip Hop. He truly is apart of the culture & 1 of the best to rock the mic regardless of his color.”
And though Eminem has pretty much ignored all the shade, it never really stopped Benzino from throwing it.
Alright, so now let’s break it down, it all started in the early aughts when The Source announced it was in possession of an old Eminem tape, via press conference. The tape in question is said to feature a young Marshall Mathers rapping racial slurs against Black women, which Slim did end up admitting to being correct, noting they were made after a bitter breakup with a Black girlfriend.
Em did go on to publicly apologized, however still sued The Source for defamation and copyright infringement. Ultimately the case was ruled in favor of the publication and Eminem subsequently dropped the lawsuit.
For then until now, Benzino sporadically came for Eminem and his fans, the most recent being just one month ago when he tweeted, “to all you p**** a** Stans, we all know y’all are the most corniest non violent coward fan base hip hop has ever seen,” he wrote. “I have a restaurant in Atlanta 5071 Peachtree industrial boulevard Chamblee GA. stop tweeting and pull up on me you p*****s.”
He continued, “I been left this s*** alone but since the COWARD A** STANS still wanna talk s*** and hide then it’s still f*** Eminem and if you got a problem with me, do something about it nothing you ever said has affected me in anyway. I know how to fight and I got big sticks. So pull up.”
Well okay then... For those curious about the sudden motivation behind Benzino surprising newfound mindset, it seems to be an olive branch of sorts to start repairing his publicly strained relationship with his daughter and Hip Hop newcomer Coi Leray.
In a follow up to the beef squashing tweet, Benzino went on to say the he realizes his actions aren’t helping anyone and that he only wants the best for Coi, before adding that he’ll be taking a short social media hiatus, after-which he vowed to return "a different Benzino.”
“I realize that me going back and forth with his fans is not good for the culture, my spirit, my legacy and most important, my beautiful, talented daughter Coi Leray,” he continued. “I don’t want any negativity from me [to] affect her dream. This is truly over. God Bless All."
So that’s that, nearly 20 years of mostly one sided beef is officially complete.