By Rob Markman
Benzino's feud with Eminem got personal and ugly back in 2002, with the rapper and magazine publisher going as far as calling Em "the rap Hilter" on his dis track "Die Another Day," but things have changed immensely since then.
"I can say it now, I was wrong for it. Because at the end of the day, Em is a great lyricist and he should be able to express himself in hip-hop as anybody should," Benzino said on Wednesday when he appeared on "RapFix Live."
ZNO, who once ran The Source magazine with his business partner, Dave Mays, launched an all-out attack on Slim Shady. Em himself fired back with multiple well-orchestrated dis tracks like "The Sauce" and "Nail in the Coffin." Benzino says he's a different man. "You really can't accomplish nothing, as far as nowadays times, with drama," he said. "All drama does is just slow you down, it just hampers things. I don't have no beef with nobody... The situation with me and Eminem, if I could've done it over, I would've."
The Boston MC, who now stars in VH1's hit reality show "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," believes that it was in upbringing in the rough and tumble Beantown which caused him to lash out at Em. Race definitely played an issue, but now Benzino credits the Detroit mega star with bringing different cultures together.
"Em's still doing his thing and he's still a great influence on hip-hop," he said. "Hip-hop has bridged the cultures, white, black, Latino, Asian, it's for everybody."
"I probably was an angry person back then," he continued to explain. "If I offended anybody with that, I apologize to hip-hop for that."
What do you think of Benzino's apology to hip-hop?