Benzino’s Former White Protege Speaks On Eminem Racism Accusations caught up with The Bawston Strangla, the white MC Ray signed to his Surrender label in the late 90s to get his reaction on recording a racially charged rap during his teen years. “I think he made a mistake, I think he was young,” Strangla told SOHH. “To me that’s what it sounded like. It sounded like he was probably 16 or 17 years old his girlfriend broke up with him and he was heated. But at the same time, you don’t go putting stuff down if you don’t mean it like that.” The rapper got dropped from Surrender Records right around the time Slim blew up. According to the Strangla, Benzino felt it would be near impossible to promote another white rapper while Eminem was making so much noise — prompting Zino to put the Strangla on hold before eventually dropping him. Strangla denied being dropped for using the ‘N’ word in a rap, claiming Benzino was in the studio when it was recorded.

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