After hearing the announcement that rapper Eminem would be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Benzino expressed his displeasure with the decision. He said Eminem’s induction is white privilege and called the Hall of Fame organization “disrespectful.”
Just a few months after deciding to end his decades-long beef with Eminem, Benzino has come for him again. This time, he claims Slim Shady does not deserve to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In his opinion, there are many more deserving Black hip hop artists ahead of him. He asserted his disapproval in a series of tweets, blasting the organization for disrespecting hip-hop culture and racism.
“Rock and roll hall of fame is just like the Grammy’s, they have no respect for our culture, Black or Hip Hop and if you don’t agree, you’re racist, period point blank.”
He wasn’t done there. Zino went on to name the “100s of other Black rappers” he felt were more qualified for the honor. They include “Nas, Eric B and RAKIM, Kool Moe D, Epmd, Fearless Four, Fat Boyz, Lauren Hill, Little Kim, and OutKast”.
Fans React To Benzino
Many feel Benzino made valid points and others felt that he is just hating on Eminem’s success.
A Twitter user, identified as @Exquiste_Gem, sided with Benzino. They tweeted, “Eminem was a rap/industry plant all along …. to use our culture/diss us and then take the crown and be another elvis in hip hop.”
Another Twitter user, identified as @Luxaslzm, replied to her to disagree. They tweeted, “Hell nah ppl like u just can’t get over the fact that he does it better than most other rappers”.
Neither would concede to find any common ground. What’s not disputable is Eminem’s contribution to hip-hop culture. Here are five moments that prove that the Detroit rapper is important to the culture.