Friday Night Showdown – 10 Greatest Rap Battles

9. Eminem vs. ‘The Source’

This is probably the most absurd of all the battles on this list, considering that Eminem launched his rap career on the pages of The Source, which featured him in its ‘Unsigned Hype’ column in March 1998. The honeymoon came to a halt after Source co-founder Raymond “Benzino” Scott started hurling disses at Eminem on wax and via the magazine.

While Slim Shady had no music rag to hurl back at Benzino, he had something Benzino lacked: rhyming skills. Shady struck back with a brigade of insults, including “Nail in the Coffin” and “The Sauce.” As the beef progressed, The Source lost readership and alienated advertisers. Benzino’s music career took a nosedive, while Eminem’s rap
career flourished.

Winner: Eminem

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