Veteran rapper claims Slim Shady no better than 80s' laughing stock - Eminem responds (naturally)...

Veteran rapper BENZINO has attacked EMINEM, tagging him as a ‘2003 Vanilla Ice’ on a track from his forthcoming album, ‘Redemption’. Making him the latest music act to publicly fall out with Eminem following spats with artists including Moby, Insane Clown Posse, Everlast, Christina Aguilera and Backstreet Boys.

Raymond ‘Benzino’ Scott – co-founder of US hip hop bible The Source – also claims that Eminem wouldn’t have achieved his megastar status without him in a rap: “You was unsigned hype before you ever met Dre/ I birthed your little career, now you owe your life to Ray.”

However Benzino claims “Pull Your Skirt Up” is his reaction to racism in American pop culture.

“I had a problem with ‘the machine,’ with the double standard in hip-hop,” he told US MTV. “Certain media outlets take to him and look at him as the saviour in hip-hop and the #1 in hip-hop and do not recognize the guys out here that created hip hop. … Eminem is just the hood ornament for the machine. … You think I could grab my crotch and put my ass in people’s faces the way he does? No way. But as long as the color of his skin and his eyes fits what America wants, … it’s all right.”

Eminem has already recorded two response tracks, ‘I Don’t Wanna’ and ‘Nail in the Coffin’. In the former, Eminem berates Benzino for being too old and lacking in dignity to rap as well as using his position at The Source to get rappers to contribute to his album. On ‘Nail in the Coffin’ Benzino is described as “the softest, fakest, wannabe gangster in New York”.

Both songs aired Thursday night on DJ Kay Slay’s WQHT-FM radio show in New York. The tracks will be included in Kay Slay’s latest mixtape, Street Justice Part 6: Loyalty and the Terror.

Benzino’s second solo album ‘Redemption’ is due in January. Last year’s debut solo album ‘The Benzino Project’, was met by a largely indifferent public despite appearances from famous names including P. Diddy. The rapper first hit the public consciousness in the early 1990s as a member of Boston’s Almightly RSO.