''It Was Out of Order...''
6:00AM ET August 22nd, 2012
Contributor : Stephen Willis
A Rocky Williform Company
Benzino again revisited his early 2000s feud with hip hop star Eminem and, in an interview with Global Grind, shared his regret at the incident. Admitting that he felt somewhat untouchable as the head of The Source magazine, Benzino said that he took things too far during the much-publicized beef.
"When the Eminem situation happened, I was just on top and I didn't have to answer to nobody," he said. "When you're on top and even with a lot of people in New York [and] even with labels, you still have to answer to somebody. Me and Dave [Mays, co-founder] was [at The Source], and at that point, I wanted to prove to everybody like, 'Listen, I'm the one running this here and I can do this without reservation'…it was a mistake for me getting involved in the situation with Eminem."
"The Eminem thing started getting uglier and uglier, and of course I can take responsibility for some of the stuff I said as far as directly towards his family, you know, really personal shots," he continued. "It was out of order. I believe some of the stuff that he said was out of order also, but at the end of the day, it's all fair in war…if I could do it over again, I definitely would. Eminem was and still is a major force. Hip Hop has brought cultures together - Asian, Latino, Black, White - and I should have been more responsible…[If I met him today] first I'd want to apologize for the Hailie [Em's daughter] references."