past month The Source continued it's all
out war against Eminem, putting out a
special edition of the magazine with Eminem
on the cover complete with a CD with early
Marshall Mathers with insulting and racial
comments about black women like “All
the girls I like to bone have big butts/No
they don’t, ‘cause they don’t
‘cause I don’t like that nigger
shit/I’m just here to make a bigger
Eminem claims that he was frustrated
after he broke up with an African American
and was venting ignorantly in a “friend’s”
basement. Eminem tried to stop the lyrics
from coming out at all but the courts
sided with David Mays, Raymond Scott (a.k.a.
Benzino) and The Source and for the sake
of the right of the press allowed 20 seconds
to be used. The CD also contained words
from people such as Nikki Giovanni and
in the magazine they have an interview
with one of Em’s former roadies
who discusses Eminem’s early rapping.
The Big point to me is that The Source
people say these lyrics were made when
Eminem was 21, while Eminem says it was
more like when he was16 or 17 in 88 or
First let me say that no matter what the
age I think it was totally wrong for Eminem
to say these statements it shows a lack
of knowledge and respect for black women.
My mother is a black woman so this is
the last thing I would want to happen.
But there is a big difference in expected
maturity and life experiences from 16
or 17 to 21. We all do and things that
are aren’t right or out of frustration
when we are sixteen but at twenty-one
you should have a better head on your
shoulder and know about right from wrong.
fact is that Eminem can be (at times) more
political than a lot of Black rappers
out there and he sells millions on
every album. Songs like “White America”
are made to prove that him and his “thugged
out” self isn’t as far from
most “regular” White America’s
kids as they think. He is in his
of racism because he is doing an art
form that is predominantly done
by blacks and
no matter how talented he is you will
always have people who thinks he
most or all of his credit because he
He gets sales and can say what he
wants not only because he is white
will admit) but also because his isn’t
the typical white guy. He represents
down on his luck, struggling white
urban dweller that often goes unnoticed
world. He came at C. Delores Tucker,
let his mother know she was a poor
and he never wants white people to
forget that the people running things
about him as well.
He is versatile on the mic and is also
becoming a very sought after producer.
Is he the best? Not in my eyes because
he borrows from a lot of rappers styles
who are still here and kicking just listen
to who his favorite rappers are, but
is definitely in the upper echelon and
has a lot of power in the business of
music because of his label, his talent
and his skills behind the boards and
the mic not to mention his race.
while co-owner of The Source has had
a mediocre (at best) recording career
with several groups most notably The
and The Almighty RSO. No matter who he
has had on his albums (and they have
notable, some of the best in the game)
they never seem to sell in large numbers.
He came at Eminem from left field and
started a beef when his last album was
Is this jealousy? Well if it is it makes
sense it me.
The Source has been declining in sales
to the XXL magazine and to get sales
boast promotions you find an angle
and attack it for what it is worth.
say they are just trying to uncover
the Benzino titled “Rap Hitler”
but why would you put Em on the cover
of your February magazine if you weren’t
trying to boost your magazines’
sales. The Source has had pull out posters
of Eminem’s spine pulled from
his body with Benzino holding the head
has been bad mouthed in several source
issues for personal beefs with the
but when he was unsigned hype he was
good enough to be in the magazine.
When he was voted number one in the
Power 30 they didn’t think he
was a racist enough to expose him.
In fact Eminem claims
he was approached about the beef being
squashed and that was why he was given
credit in the Power 30.
My problem with The Source is their
shady (no pun intended) journalism
this whole situation. It makes you
wonder what favors are going on behind
door: “If you do this album cut with me,
I’ll try to get you on the cover!
And it could go on and on and on.
You complain about the lyrical content
of Eminem’s songs say they do nothing
for our children and the fact that he
uses the b-word and my not have the best
relationship his family but you let others
talk about women in demeaning ways, Benzino
personally has a explicit song called
Booty and most of the people in the magazines
aren’t promoting to uplift people.
They are, for the most part, talking
cars, sex and drugs! Real uplifting!
XXL has Em on their February cover as
well and has an interview with the rapper
about the whole situation. In the interview
he discusses the reasons he made the
his race relations, the Benzino beef
from beginning to ending and other tidbits
While XXL is no bystander in this fiasco
(they have perpetuated the drama by
just being the competitor in the business
having Eminem and 50 Cent on the cover
several times despite The Source’s
beef with Shady/Aftermath) they haven’t
gone to the extremes that The Source has
in terms of journalism with a owner’s
Also when asking myself about Eminem
I think would Dr. Dre have put him
scene if he were a racist? Would 50
Cent be on the label just for the money
he has to see a racist face most of
the time? Would D-12, Eminem’s crew
before he got famous mess with him if
he was calling them the n-word behind
their backs? Royce The 5’9 and
Eminem have been beefing and Royce
Em was a racist! This is my testing
People do want money extremely bad
but I think they want to be respected
and wouldn’t want anything from
someone they couldn’t trust as far
as they could throw. Especially being
a white man and blacks history with whites,
blacks are usually on their p’s
and q’s and are apprehensive
when dealing with whites rapping ones
Eminem has said numerous times that
it was a huge mistake to make those
no matter how mad he was and I believe
Benzino shouldn’t try taking a personal
vendetta out under another guise to ruin
a career especially because of comments
said 15 years ago when Eminem was a teen.
I’m glad he felt the public should
know and now we do.
Now it is time we recognize a young
mistakes and move on to bigger topics.
Benzino and The Source should be concerned
about today’s state of Hip Hop
and what could be done to help inspire
children to bigger things that nice
rims, girls and money.
Hip Hop should shift to helping people
recognize past struggles and doing positives
to move up. The Source was part of the
solution are they now part of the problem?