Benzino Breaks Down His Beef With Slaughterhouse

By Jay Casteel & Allen Starbury   /   Published 01/13/10

BenzinoRaymond Scott, or Benzino as he's known in the rap world, is no stranger to beef. During his tenure as head of The Source magazine in the early 2000s, he became entrenched in a verbal war with Eminem. The two exchanged countless diss tracks, but eventually, the tension died down and the beef subsided.

Today, Zino's situation is no different. He's still a magazine owner -- he and his partner Dave Mays have launched Hip Hop Weekly -- and beef is still on his plate. However, this time it's with buzzing rap super group Slaughterhouse, consisting of Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, and Royce Da 5'9.

It all started back in September 2009, when Benzino told N.O.R.E.'s 57thAve.com website that he felt the new group was overrated, explaining that the group blocked his magazine from doing an interview over industry politics. This was followed by an alleged diss from Royce, which Zino eventually recorded a response to called "Break to Build." As of late, the rappers have been trading disses via Internet videos. Crooked I sent Zino a warning, followed by a response by Zino, and then, eventually Royce weighed in with his own video.

Benzino's camp reached out to us last week to clear the air about the entire situation. Zino broke down why the disagreement started, and explains the deeper message behind his madness in keeping it alive. Read on to find out what he's talking about.

BallerStatus.com: Break down your whole situation with Slaughterhouse -- where the beef stems from and all that.

Benzino: The whole Slaughterhouse thing is kinda crazy. I got a few points of view on it. One of the guys -- Royce's manager Kino, I guess is the husband of Kim Osorio (former Editor-In-Chief of The Source). She's the one that filed the suit against me and [Dave Mays] ... the sexual harassment lawsuit. She actually lost that.

We wanted to give Slaughterhouse some [publicity in Hip Hop Weekly], and basically they said "Nah, no Slaughterhouse members can do anything with Hip Hop Weekly" because of that situation. At the time, I was kinda heated about that. Not so much as far as them getting in it, because I'm trying to show them some love. But, basically because of the fact that they would let a female be the big problem behind all this. So, I was over N.O.R.E.'s house, and I just told him "Yo, I felt like [Slaughterhouse] was overrated."

Even before the stuff with the blogging went on, I was -- this goes with a bigger thought -- for some reason, people think you have to be a certain way to be lyrical, or to make music. The underground people, I think they put a false perception, in their own minds, on what they think hip-hop should be. I think to be a real street cat out here -- of course, computers are everywhere now. The whole Internet has definitely crossed into the streets, but it hasn't got all the way into the street. Definitely, a lot of street cats are using the computers, especially to promote their stuff online. So, it's a whole different audience out there, as far as people who don't really mess with computers I've come to find out. I think the people who are really into the Internet, the fans, I think they're really into Slaughterhouse for all the wrong reasons. I hear how lyrical they are and everything else, but when I listen to them, honestly, I really believe they're overrated. That's just my opinion.

Crooked I said the same thing about Lil Wayne. He felt that he was overrated. Everybody has their own opinions. I'm a fan of hip-hop. I love some groups and there's some others that I just don't feel. I guess when I said that, it ticked Royce off and everybody. He said a little something in a freestyle. To me, the freestyle ... if you was to read all this stuff about him, he's being compared to the rap Jesus Christ. So, when I heard that freestyle of him throwing a shot at me, I'm like "That sh** is trash." I'm like "This is the dude that everybody giving all these props huh?" I did my homework and listened to a few of they joints, and some of them was cool, but some of they joints was trash.

BallerStatus.com: So you feel it's hypocritical for Crooked I to say Lil Wayne is overrated, but if you say it, it's taken to heart?

Benzino: You said it, not me. I feel the same way. They're the first ones to bring guns into this whole thing. When Royce said: "I get the hammer, I blam and damage ya" ... that's bringing guns into it. Then, when I did my little blog, all I said was look ... I explained the whole thing with Raekwon, and I said if there was beef, this is how beef gets handled. It's the truth. Real beef isn't a lot what this hip-hop sh** is. I think in the media and a lot of fans out there really want it to be that to get they own self hyped up, but it really isn't.

For [Crooked I] to make me out to be some fictional character, when he was the first one to say "You know how we get down, it could get nasty, it'll get ugly, squash it." In other words, he's talking all this ... the way I take it is on some real beef sh**. He's throwing up signs and everything. How can you try to make a mockery with some slave sh**, when to me, these guys wanna get signed to Eminem. He's been kicking Long Beach killer sh** for years, and now, he's trying to kick something else.

I think they confused. I think they pretty good lyricists ... I think they get passes 'cause they into the underground computer world fan club. I mean, because the stuff Joe Budden is doing is ridiculous with the chicks and the blogs. Crooked I looked crazy ... he looked so uncomfortable on his blog. And, the sh** that Royce and his partner did, that looked crazy. I kinda can see right through these guys. Joell Ortiz, he was "Unsigned Hype" in The Source magazine, so I ain't got nothing bad to say about Joell. As far as I'm concerned, they all lyrical, but they haven't proven to make big songs yet that can really catapult them to that fame that they desire.

BenzinoBallerStatus.com: Don't you think the video of you flashing the big gun with a silencer really took this whole situation to another level?

Benzino: First of all, there wasn't a silencer on it. If anybody knows anything about guns, you'd know that wasn't a silencer. Second of all, I don't know about anybody else, but all my guns are legal. So, I'm not gonna get on something and incriminate myself.

I never threatened nobody with no guns or nothing, if you listen carefully to what I said. I said "If there was beef ..." -- and there were two guys that made a statement about guns -- so I said "Since we on the subject on guns, I'm just showing." When you really look down to the legalities, what I said and how I went about it, I went about it real grown man-ish. I don't condone no young kid out there using guns. I definitely think the whole black on black killing each other is definitely a problem. I don't condone that. It was just a situation where we was communicating with each other, and I'm just trying to show them the difference between what rap battling is and what real beef is.

BallerStatus.com: I see. But, if you were to step into their shoes and they did the same thing on a video, would you get a little mad at it?

Benzino: I mean, come on, Royce had a rocket launcher on there (laughs). So, when you look at it, I guess he won 'cause I ain't got no tank in the backyard (laughs). This whole thing, a lot of it is entertainment. I know where I came from. I know how I came up, so there's nothing where I have to prove myself or anything. A lot of these young kids get confused with this rap stuff, as far as real life. I think my point wasn't taken. This interview should clear a lot of it up. There is a big difference between "real" beef and "rap" beef.

Even the situation with me and Eminem, none of that -- to me -- was real beef. My life was never threatened at any time, and I don't think his was. I think the situation with [Eminem] was that once you get to that plateau, a little bit of arrogance and kinda like you feel you're anointed, so when anyone does something against you, you really take it to heart. That's how he took it. There's a method to my madness though ... the Eminem thing, it's been documented. At the end of the day, I wasn't going up against Eminem, per say. I was going against the commercialization of hip-hop, and the major difference of the money and how it was being divided from the hood to the corporation. He was the catalyst of that. To this day, I still believe that's there is more of a divide in hip-hop than it was because of Eminem. That's just my opinion. I don't look to harm anybody with my opinion, but at the same time, if everybody just bows down to the status quo or everybody is political because they're so scared of jeopardizing their music careers and they don't speak up for what's right, then nothing ever will change as far as artists get their just dues, or the whole monetary gain of hip-hop shifting back to the hood.

At the end of the day, that battle will go down in history. But as time goes on, people will really understand what my intentions were. As we move on, maybe people will look at it in another light, and maybe kinda see where I was coming from and try to change it.

BallerStatus.com: Didn't realize there was so much thought behind it all...

Benzino: Right now, you got a lot of white kids out there that really ... since Eminem sells a lot and is the hottest right now -- a lot of them just take it for that, as opposed to taking it in respect of the other side of it. It never was a racial thing. How can it be? Before Eminem, white people had black people on their posters in their rooms. Then, when MTV comes -- and not to knock MTV -- trying to get white kids and trying to build up a whole white nation of rappers for white kids to think that they have to buy within their race -- that, to me, messed up everything from the start.

Hip-hop made it where the white kid could be like "Wow, this is kinda cool. I wanna get involved in that culture -- the music, the dress." Then, the whole thing did a 360 where it's basically there's now. When I saw "there's" I say it in a sense of the money side of it.

At the end of the day, I think creativity is gonna win. It's gonna take a while because programming is a deep thing to the mind. The natural creativeness has to come out, where people will be like "Damn, let's get back to some real music and some real hip-hop." Not saying that what Eminem does isn't real hip-hop, or he even wants to get caught up in a lot of this, but it is what it is. I think he could've been more responsible just to have dialog about it and understand where it was coming from. He could've helped the situation more that way, instead of hurting it, because he can talk to these white kids and let them know.

BallerStatus.com: As far as Slaughterhouse, is it over? Or is there more coming?

Benzino: I just feel like the music that I'm doing and the people that I'm around working with are better than [Slaughterhouse], point blank, as far as making songs and lyrically hanging out with each one of them. What I'mma do now, I put together this group to specifically go at them. It's gonna be a cat from DC by the name of Pop, this other kid from Brooklyn by the name of Streets, and I got a surprise for the last one. [I got them together] just to go at these guys, but more or less to show the Internet world ... and these cats are real street cats. They not underground, the backpackers, they real street cats. I wanna show the underground world that real street cats can still get it in, and maybe change the perception of what they look at as "gangster rap" or "street rap", opposed to what underground rap is. I think there's a thin line. I just wanna prove it.

It's a situation where I had to get some high guns to come on in -- lyrical monsters who really go at dudes like [Slaughterhouse]. I've noticed battle rapping, song making, freestyling -- these are all different things right here. I run across artists who are all different. I had to get some specialists that have been riding with Zino, like look at me as an OG and willing to ride.

I got a mixtape coming out with my 1st 48 group from Miami called When The Heavens Fall. The song, going against Slaughterhouse with my new group is going to be on that mixtape. If they so lyrical, then I guess it'll be a slaughter then. We'll have to see.

  • Bendino

    Im coming for you royce!

  • http://twitter.com/SANTANA1deep FUCKBendino253

    Slaughterhouse is OVERRATED lmao. well why dont u go after Yung Money? THEY'RE OVERRATED as well.. hahah

  • http://twitter.com/jrobinsonn JRobinsonn

    Luckily for you Bendino I have a tank in my back yard that is for sale.

  • http://www.thisis50.com angel_eyes

    benzino do u know how childish you sound in that interview? you state u handled it in a grown mans way yet you create a group just to "go at them" grow up already

  • http://www.overratingtheunderrated.com MurrayOTU

    Grade A publicity stunt from Benzino again. Best thing SH could do was ignore him, but being the proud cats they are they couldn't let it go.

    Remember when 50 put out 'how to rob' with the intention that all the artists he dissed would come out and diss him/say something back? Well he got his wish and it's no coincidence he is where he is today...

  • Sam

    Wow. Benzino has got to me the most racist, corrupt, manipulative and talentless motherf*cker in the game right now. None of that shit made any sense! We see right through you bitch!

  • GEORGE

    The guys he's putting together won't have a career. Who would respect you if this is your only purpose?

  • BangBang

    the fight to stay relevant...

  • dretruth

    One thing I like about benizo he will rumble with you even if he doesn't win. This shit makes alot of since to me now. I don't care who wins - homie isn't a punk - Almighty RSO!

  • jo boy

    Don't like slaughter house or benzino. Together both clicks won't go gold. Divide them all into solo artist, collectively, same result. Outside of the internet and a few of their personal venues, no one is checking for either side. Outside of this youtube beef and buddens relationships, they're just as irrelevant as their last weeks album sales.

  • David

    Murray....that I a perfect example of what this is about, he needs publicity and SH took the bait

  • aaron

    Benzino sucks a**.EMINEM owned him.Slaughterhouse is not over rated..young money sucks so BAD.EMINEM is the GREATEST rapper of all time.Thats coming from a black man.

  • terrence

    dont take zino so serious! dude jis wanna b apart of hip hop and mk sum bread...

  • hiphopjunkeee

    Not a fan of Zino at all, but he said some shit on here that really is impressive. The whole industry ish and how its divided, is 100% true. Politics have ruined everything. Between the mainstream and underground fans, its so seperated that the closest artist you can have two people agree upon is pretty much NAS...even then thats hard to come by.

  • …well alright!

    ...after reading all the post, it's pretty much unanimous that no one is in favor of Zino - i guess thats 1 good thing! ...except for Aaron above - Eminem - The greatest rapper alive?!! now thats a publicity stunt if i ever heard one. word of advice, a dck in a manz mouth aint a good look - a white dck in a blk manz mouth - you need to be shot!

  • …well alright!

    ...and Benzino. "I wanted to show them some love" + they declined > now they overrated = Hoe Move!

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/blastmusicconcepts jimboslice

    the shit you guys say some of you. "...young money suck/slaughter house is the shit". come on. this is all about what you're into. Slaughterhouse serves its purpose in the game and young money does too. As far as benzino goes, he's seen enough to be able to handle himself now.
    Let him do his thing and whatever comes comes. if anything all of this still helps slaughterhouse become more popular fueled off of the Benzino hate machine.

  • gaetarick

    I gotta say I was dissapointed with the Slaughterhouse album. Fuck 50 cunt, Lil Wayne is overrated. Young Money sucks dick...

  • slab

    SUPERGROUP??? SLAUGHTERHOUSE will never be one

  • Fred

    Eminem is one of the best MC's to ever touch the mic, and it's ignorant to say he's only liked by white kids. Even if you don't like his music, if you know anything about hip hop you know Eminem can spit with the best of them.

  • Enough

    All the beef is getting to Benzino the dude has liver spots all over his old ass head!

  • http://cdbaby.com/jsmoothrap J-SMOOTH

    LIL WAYNE IS WAAAAAAAYYYY OVERATED AND BENZINO IS A FUCCING LOSER LAHOOZAHER/FAKEST NIGGA EVER.

  • NP

    This bitch nigga got SAD cuz they didnt want to do an interview with him...FAG ass t rex arm having ass. The doods u come out with are garbage...Listen to Sway and Tech and youll hear crooked rip the mic WEST coast lyrical

  • dretruth

    Well I seen that coming when Ice cube was the hardest rapper out. The division will always be..it's a part of the world. Divide then conquer.

  • dretruth

    to someone slaughter house is a super group but the west side connection slaughter house song is a classic. West side baby.

  • NP

    hell yeah westside slaughterhouse and king of the hill! Im bombin on Common Sense, Chicago is mine, nigga hit the fence~ice cube

  • http://dvsinc.blogspot.com/ VENGEANCE IS MINE!!!!!!!!!!

    BENZINO JUZ PULLED A PIMP MOVE....

    HE USED SLAUGHTER HOUSE FOR FREE PUBLICITY FOR HIS HIP HOP WEEKLY MAGAZINE....

    NUFF SAID HE USED THEM THAT'S IT, NEXXXT.....

  • Fuckbenzbitcho

    damn benz is fucing confused.. hes old, COME ON SON!!!! what song have you created that has giving you fame.. who the fuck in the hip hop world thinks you even close to being good..
    as soon as the say no to you little fucking peoples mag knock off you hate.. all of a sudden there overrated.. blaiming it on internt fans your a fucking old joke..

    give up you pass your chance fag boy ooh yeah you fucking 100 pound sound sucks as bad as you...

  • Fuckbenzbitcho

    yeeeaahhh ima pick my nuts up and drop em on your fucking headddd!!!

    made men lol gaymen... your whole crew sucks cockamania...YOU BENZ you more like a carolla...

  • http://Heatbrocker.com streetz

    north south boyz from brooklyn to Atl thats the best group out now them boyz are real. new york bitch

  • Sebyb76

    MnM is a bitch whenever it comes to any real throwin down he's gone. As soon as whitey said let's settle this with r fists that was it cuz he's a fake ass puzzy. He'd probably piss himself if bigb looked at him. Ther have been white rappers since the frikin 80's so i don't see why people make a big deal of the maralyn monroe lookin dueche.

  • damein257

    yo u dnt shit about EM ur probley a shit eating astro faggot u u think hes a pussy show ur fucken face so i can fuck it up bad meets evil is bck and bad mouthin EM isnt a good idea jst cause ur a liddle bitch dis is betwen them so leave ur pussy ass owt dis fucken battle

  • AzHayes

    Man fuck benzino he thinks just because a rapper makes it big thats its not real rap? He aint real rap the reason hes underground is because his last attempts to get big were the worst attemps in hip hop history there has never been a worse rapper then benzino. Hes 100% fake n his magazines rates on other rappers r all his opinon so nothing in him or his magazine r real hes another hater talkin shit. Dont hold guns in videos if u dont wanna get aimed at benzino.