Benny the Butcher Chops Through Confusion: Clarifying DMX Comparisons and Bringing Back the Def Jam Era

Benny the Butcher Chops Through Confusion: Clarifying DMX Comparisons and Bringing Back the Def Jam Era

Benny the Butcher, the Griselda heavyweight known for his gritty bars and sharp wordplay, recently found himself in the midst of a lyrical dust-up.

Comments he made about “creating a Def Jam moment” with his upcoming album, Everybody Can’t Go, were misconstrued by some as an attempt to draw comparisons to the late DMX.

Benny the Butcher Chops Through Confusion: Clarifying DMX Comparisons and Bringing Back the Def Jam Era

This, understandably, sparked debate and ruffled feathers amongst some fans.

Benny, ever the astute lyricist, took to The Breakfast Club to set the record straight. With characteristic eloquence, he clarified his intentions:

Benny the Butcher Chops Through Confusion: Clarifying DMX Comparisons and Bringing Back the Def Jam Era
Benny the Butcher Chops Through Confusion: Clarifying DMX Comparisons

“Respect to DMX and his family and all that,” he began. “But what I meant was, I’m creating a Def Jam moment. These people who get on Twitter and…these blogs post that shit to get the reaction.”

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Benny’s emphasis is clear. He’s not trying to fill DMX’s shoes, a feat near impossible for any rapper. Instead, he’s aiming to recapture the raw energy and cultural significance that defined Def Jam’s golden era.

Think back to the days of Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt, Nas’ Illmatic, and, of course, DMX’s own genre-bending dominance. Those albums weren’t just music; they were cultural touchstones, moments in time that redefined hip-hop and left an indelible mark on the broader music landscape.

That’s the kind of impact Benny is striving for. He’s not claiming to be DMX 2.0; he’s Benny the Butcher, a unique voice with his own distinct style and swagger. But he recognizes the power of Def Jam’s legacy, and he wants his music to have a similar impact.

Benny the Butcher Chops Through Confusion: Clarifying DMX Comparisons
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“I was speaking on creating a missing feelin in the Def Jam building[.] cant wait to drop my shit on you nerds who gonna hate either way THE [Butcher] COMIN.”

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There’s an undeniable confidence in Benny’s words. He believes in his music, and he believes in its ability to resonate with listeners on a deeper level. Everybody Can’t Go isn’t just an album; it’s a statement.

It’s Benny the Butcher announcing his arrival on the mainstream stage, and he’s doing it with the kind of bravado that defined Def Jam’s most iconic artists.

Benny the Butcher Chops Through Confusion: Clarifying DMX Comparisons
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Whether Benny achieves his goal of creating a “Def Jam moment” remains to be seen. But one thing’s for sure: he’s not afraid to swing for the fences. He’s a skilled lyricist with a potent blend of street storytelling and introspective reflection.

And with the production duo of The Alchemist and Hit-Boy behind the boards, Everybody Can’t Go has the potential to be something truly special.

So let the debate rage on. Let the comparisons fly. Benny the Butcher is unfazed. He’s focused on the music, on crafting an album that will leave its own mark on hip-hop history. And if, in the process, he reignites the spirit of Def Jam’s golden era, well, that’s just icing on the cake.

Benny the Butcher Chops Through Confusion: Clarifying DMX Comparisons and Bringing Back the Def Jam Era
Benny the Butcher Chops Through Confusion: Clarifying DMX Comparisons

Everybody Can’t Go drops on January 26th. Be there to witness the next chapter in Benny the Butcher’s story, and maybe, just maybe, catch a glimpse of a new Def Jam moment in the making.

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