Benzino Says He Warned Of Macklemore's Success & Claims "The Grammys Never Respected Hip Hop"
Benzino tweets that rappers should not cry because they did not win at the Grammys.
Benzino sent a series of tweets today (January 27) saying that he warned of the type of success a rapper like Macklemore had at the Grammys yesterday (January 26).
Another tweet was, "I DID WHAT I DID CAUSE I SEEN IT COMMING!!! BUT I STOOD ALONE!! THE GRAMMYS NEVER RESPECTED HIP HOP FROM DAY 1!!! FUCK THE @source.”
Benzino is a former executive at The Source. In the 2000s, he and The Source engaged in a feud with Eminem that, among other things, accused Eminem of being racist and of creating an environment where white rappers would be revered only because they were white. It also included Benzino releasing a string of diss tracks against Eminem.
In a 2003 issue of the publication, a drawing of Benzino appeared inside The Source holding Eminem’s decapitated head. Following that issue, Eminem, Dr. Dre and Aftermath boycotted the publication.
“It wasn’t a personal thing about these guys and what they accomplished,” Benzino said in an interview last year. “I was just looking at the bigger picture and I don’t think they understood that.”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won four Grammys yesterday (January 26), including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song. Macklemore said during an interview with New York radio station Hot 97 that was published today that he knows why he and Lewis were so successful at the award show.
“In terms of the people that are voting on those ballots, filling out those bubbles, we have an unfair advantage due to race, due to the fact we had huge radio success, due to the fact that our name was circulating more in a pocket in the industry of people filling out that ballot,” Macklemore said. "This is not like a Rap Radar poll, like a 2DopeBoyz poll. This is not a Hot 97 poll. This is the Grammys. This is many different types of people. All different age groups filling out a ballot where they might not necessarily know the genre.”
Benzino’s tweets from today are as follows:
So everybody is upset about macklemore dominating the #grammys BUT 10 YEARS AGO WHEN I TRIED TO WARN U, YOU DIDNT LISTEN, NOW DEAL WITH IT!— BENZINO (@IAMBENZINO) January 27, 2014
All the top rappers didnt do or say SHIT when i was tryna school U dumb fucks I TRIED TO WARN HIP HOP! NOW NIGS WANNA CRY CUZ THEY DIDNT WIN— BENZINO (@IAMBENZINO) January 27, 2014
I DID WHAT I DID CAUSE I SEEN IT COMMING!!! BUT I STOOD ALONE!! THE GRAMMYS NEVER RESPECTED HIP HOP FROM DAY 1!!! FUCK THE @source— BENZINO (@IAMBENZINO) January 27, 2014
YALL DID THIS!! YALL WENT ALONG WIT THE FLIM FLAM!! THATS WHY BILLIONS LEFT THE HOOD TO MAINSTREAM AMERICA!! WE LOST HIP HOP ASSHOLES— BENZINO (@IAMBENZINO) January 27, 2014
How come em and royce put out an album and sold 800,000 copies but when royce put out an album months later he sold 40,000? Answers?— BENZINO (@IAMBENZINO) January 27, 2014
THEY KILLED R&B SOUL HAS LEFT THE BUILDING WE WERE SOLD OUT BY A FEW FOR MONEY CERTAIN RAPPERS COULD HAVE SPOKE LONG TIME AGO! R I P TUPAC— BENZINO (@IAMBENZINO) January 27, 2014
I SPOKE UP AND WAS ALONE!! I CHALLENGED EVERYBODY WHO HAD POWER TO A DIALOUGE AND THEY WERE ALL SCARED! NAH FDAT! DONT GET MAD NOW— BENZINO (@IAMBENZINO) January 27, 2014