Ray Benzino Talks Celtics Song, Clarifies '00s Paul Pierce Incident

Exclusive: Ray says he and Boston's future Hall of Famer are on good terms, playfully responding to Kurupt & Snoop, and if Laker fans are using him as tonight's main distraction.

A 20-plus year Rap veteran, Ray Benzino may have been the first emcee to have ever been photographed in a Boston Celtics jersey. Minutia aside, the Dorchester, Massachussets native carries a strong sense of civic pride when it comes to his city's sports. Yesterday proved to be no different, when the Made Men/Almighty R.S.O. veteran made "Ballin' With The Celtics" , in response to friends Snoop Dogg and Kurupt dissing Boston's boys in part of good ol' fun.

"I'm getting ready for another championship," said Ray today to HipHopDX, asked about his plans leading up to tonight's Game 6 NBA Finals match between the Los Angeles Lakers playing host to the Boston Celtics at The Staples Center. "You know we're the New York Yankees of this basketball thing."

"[There] were a lot of Twitter comments about different L.A. cats making songs [for the Lakers]. I didn't pay it too much attention, but then I heard the Snoop [Dogg] and Kurupt track. Snoop's my man - big up to Snoop; Kurupt's my friend too. When I heard that, I was like, wow. I kind of took it a little personally. But I can kind of understand them [as fans], comin' from L.A." Just as in Rap rivalry, Benzino reached for a microphone to respond. "Me and my man, Young L.O. from The Untouchables - he's also a Boston native, comin' out of Orchard Park, we was at our studio the other night, and I just couldn't take it no more." Miami-based C-Black and Maestro produced the song's beat.

Known for speaking his mind against other rappers throughout his career, Benzino did want to clarify that the song is not truly a "diss" to the Dogg Pound or even the Lakers. "It's not necessarily an L.A. diss, as much as it's us biggin' up Boston. I want to clear that up," Ray said. "I definitely respect a lot of the Lakers' players. [Ron] Artest, especially in Hip Hop, [I respect him] for what he brings to the table, comin' outta Queensbridge. Lamar Odom went to school up in Providence, [Rhode Island], that's right down the street [from Boston]. Definitely, Kobe Bryant is one of the best to ever do it - so the respect is there, but at the end of the day, my blood bleeds green. That leprechaun is gonna make his way through the Staples Center and bring the championship home." Initially, Ray sought out another die-hard New England sports fan to assist on the record. "I actually wanted to get Edo [G] on the track, but he's out of the country right now."

In the vein of Kanye West's support for Chicago Bears' 2006 run to the Super Bowl, and other cheerleader raps, Benzino explained his purpose. "I wanted to make a song that wasn't just a freestyle over a beat. I wanted to make a song that they could play in the clubs, play on the radio, everything."

The song is reportedly still en route to Boston airwaves and venues. "We just sent out the track. I got my editor [with me in Miami] Box Lo, workin' on puttin' together compilations of the Celtics' greatest highlights of the championship. We're gonna try to release a lil' video before the game on tonight," said Ray. "My man Jeff 2x blasted it out to all his deejays up in Boston - shout out to Chubby Chub and Moe Dee and all the deejays up in Boston and everything."

As Ray sees it, "Three things can happen: One, the Celtics can win tonight and I think the song'll definitely get a lot of legs for the next month or so. Two, the Celtics could lose and it goes to Game 7, meaning that the song could at least get some legs till Thursday. Three, Thursday Game 7 can come, we can lose, and that would kind of put the song to bed. We'll wait and see how it plays out."

With the fanfare, Benzino was asked about a September, 2000 incident where Celtics' star Paul Pierce was stabbed. "Definitely, I want to shout out to Paul Pierce and his family. Paul is definitely comin' from the west coast, comin' from Inglewood, he's a [future] Hall of Famer, and one of the best Celtics players to ever put on a jersey. Although many media outlets initially associated Benzino with the attacker, he vehemently denies involvement. "The situation that happened a few years back was an unfortunate incident. People gotta understand that Boston is such a small community that if everybody goes out to the same nightclub, and something happens, my name - when it comes to Hip Hop and everything around there at that time, was like the biggest name to call out when something goes on. It was a situation where there was a fight, an incident, and Paul, unfortunately had got hurt within the scuffle. I can say that I had nothing to do with it."

Benzino added that he's been a fan of Pierce for nearly a decade, personally and professionally. "I wouldn't have jumped on Paul then. I've been a fan since the Celtics drafted him. I've been a fan since day one. It was just a bad moment for not only Boston sports, but just a bad moment in my career because a lot of people still associate me with that situation with Paul." Ray said that the media has never followed up with Pierce, who he associates with. "Since then, I've seen Paul a couple of times, and everything's been all love, all good."

Lastly, and perhaps humorously to some, Benzino was specific to deny those reports today. "I want to clarify that [even more too],'cause I heard they were gonna get all these mats at the Staple's Center and holdin' 'em up on the free throw line with my face." While fans will have to tune in to see if that tactic is employed, Benzino is still confident in a Celtics championship. "I think L.A. will be disappointed with that tactic; I don't think that strategy will work 'cause me and Paul are cool. It's all good."

74 Comments

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  • kcity3

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    • Anonymous

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  • RHODEISLAND

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  • Javito_1

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  • KIngPing

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  • Soulful Beats

    The only joint Benzino had that I was feeling that collab RSO did with Mobb Deep back in the day. That shit was bumpin.

  • staqz2high

    somebody cut dis zombies head off eminem put a nail in his coffin and hes still tryin to convince someone he can rap

  • Wankirby

    everytime i see this muthaphucka i laugh!!! in his mind, the muthaphucka actually think he can rap!!! LMMAO. just GTF Beenweeno, ur wack period

  • Mr.Crackee

    didnt Eminem destroy this dudes career? hahaha

  • Beantown!

    Benzino sucks.... Everybody Knows that. we dont even need to mention him Best in Boston who deserve to be even discussed Reks, Akrobatik, Edo G, Term, Mdot, Frankie Wainwright!!

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  • SHAWN HOOKS

    FUck Drew Benzino....SOrry as QB. Lost his shit to Brady. Did NOTHING with Da Cowboys, G.

  • crazypee81

    i'm 28 yrs old and i've been listening to hiphop for majority of my life and right now at work (i should be taking care of this patient b4 he sues me lol) i'm really really trying to remember when was this nigga Benzino hot or even luke warm or ice cold for this website to call him an MC. I remember seeing this nigga in NYC 4 yrs ago hopping out of a basic orange nissan 350 z walking into some hiphop clothing store and had this shocked look like how come no one knows who I am LMAO. DOC RIVERS/LARRY BIRD should get him shot for jinxing the celtics with that garbage ass tribute and y hasnt Paul Pierce put money on this fool head for stabbing him, All that money u cant find some hood nigga in boston to return the favor. SMH

  • kalz

    boston is the greatest sports city in the world... but fuck benzino

  • Max Hate

    fuck boston. city of degenerate fucks with the most annoying accents. if you've never been, don't go. there's not one single fucking reason to go there other than a connecting flight. the term massholes was coined to describe the human waste that resides in boston. one more time. fuck boston.

  • WAVYCELTIC

    Benzino doesn't rep boston. there's newer rappers. eminem murdered benzino. many songs. d12 and obie killed him. The green lantern mixtape goin at Benzino and Ja was one of the best mixtapes ever. classic war once ja mentioned haley's name. GO CELTICS. BEAT LA BEAT LA.

    • SHAWN HOOKS

      Celtics are kaka shitty basketball. Fuck Drew Benzono, MR. I-N-T then losing to the job to Brady. BOSTON , BABY! THAT's what is to the up.............!!......................

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  • Killah Tay

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  • LeXRon

    FUCK BENZINO! he's carreer ended back in 2003. no wait let me take that back he never had a carreer motha fucka was a one hit wonder. so please burn all the "Rock the party" archives and lets pretend that shit never happened for the sake of hiphop and future generations...lol

  • Drucifer1983

    Its only fitting that benzino reps boston, I hate that city, my sister goes to school out there at berkley school for music or whatever its called, people in that city cant drive for shit.......I thought Philly was bad, them assholes need to learn how to pick a fuckin lane

    • Drucifer1983

      @ Boss Town lol, I know man I'm just clownin.........

    • boss town

      haha. thats not really a reason to hate my city, but you're aren't wrong. In both Philly and Boston, it's best to avoid motor vehicles and sports fans. by the way, no one likes Benzino here. we'll listen to Guru (R.I.P) instead

  • n i r v a n a

    who is this guy, oh wait, just another wannabe rapper...

  • G'

    I believe in Karma, and this nigga doen fcked up them boys in Green. WEAK.

  • Amplified Sample

    If the Celtics were smart, they would denounce anything this Muthafucka tried to do with their name on it.

  • C-Arson

    hey Benzino! you just got dossed by 25 bloggers. Not one comment was even slighty in your favor. your such a no talent douche bag. ya walking joke!!!!!!!!!!!

  • maybach trav

    I'm from boston and no body here even listens to benzino, he truthfully sucks, fact

  • Young Wacko

    yo benzino if u readin this fuck u nigguh ahah bitch ass nigga fuck boston 313RD ALL DAY NIKKIUHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • geico lizard

    I thought Benzino bragged about his man stabbing Pierce on a song? I guess I was wrong since he is denying it.

  • Cuzzin Pete

    Benzino = Fat Joe = Ja Rule = Tevin Cambell guess who's at the bottom of that list

  • just84

    THIS DUDE IS IRRELEVANT...WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TEN PAGE SPREAD OF THE MADE MEN ALBUM THAT NEVER CAME OUT FOR 13 YEARS.???!!! BENZINO IS A CERTIFIED FAG

  • chase_K

    FUCC BENZINO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but check out my Drake remix best on the next http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9FMwpwIrgs

  • Nico 3

    If he had nothing to do with Paul Pierce getting stabbed, why come out on the verge of the Celtics possibly winning the title? What a bitch move by a bitch rapper who got his ass handed to him by Eminem. A Celtics rap song lol What's next, a Tom Brady ringtone?

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    isn't this that idiot who made those Royce diss vids? I can't take this guy seriously.

  • khordkutta

    1st: "You know we're the New York Yankees of this basketball thing." Played himself with that comment, The Celtics are the Celtics pure and Simple gotta respect their Ships 2nd: "I actually wanted to get Edo [G] on the track, but he's out of the country right now." Uhhh, there is this thing called the internet. Gues yall aint that tight, no phone #, email address anything. 3rd: Outside of Boston Cats who has respect for dude.

    • khordkutta

      Whoa lil homie, dont take it personal, you just proved my point.

    • GregRodgers

      Wait up son....cats in Boston do not respect Benzino. Benzino and the source back in the day were a major reason why cats back in the day could not make it out of Boston on the rap tip. This dude made sure he bad mouthed everyone so he could collect all the shine. He mashed up a WHRB radio studios where Dave Mays did a radio show, and he and his boys destroyed clubs so many times that rap could not even be played in clubs. Outside the fact that this kid is not even a good rapper..he was not even the best in Made Men or RSO. The best cats were the Master Kevski and Orange Man..(RSO) and in Made Men....(Kool GSUS-TDS MOB and E-Devious- Emo & Chuck) who were actually in other groups and joined up with Benzino. So before you flap that lip...ask somebody!

  • dj_noname

    and that concludes the Benzino portion of the year...

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    clown...ass...nigga... no one is taking this fucking clown seriously man...he is a joke.

  • handdddyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    this nigga tried to destroy 10 fucking years to destroy eminem's carrer or just defeat him once but couldn't do it....now he see lil wayne! and see how bad he shitted on eminem,he must feel like shit... i think with eminem's career being on the line,zino must've thought he could return so he made that LA diss.... only hope for this nigga is lil wayne! stop keeping eminem's career alive and let it die....next thing for zino is having one of the cash money\young money bosses on his shit,making a hit and thank lil wayne! later.... lil wayne! is da greatest of all da time fuck haters

  • Javito_1

    that Eminem shit ain't work so now he tryna use the Celtics to revive his career, when it comes down to it he has no skill.

  • AvalancheThaGod

    Love how everytime they bring up the great Benzino name everybody on here Hate on em but ya cant help but listen to his songs they post,,Or read an interview..Why give it tha time of day if ya hate em so bad.And I bet all y'all bout the Benzino Project or Redemption when Rock Tha Party was killin the radio..Y'all just to young to remember Almighty RSO or How the Made Men album was a Classic..Y'all grew up in this Gucci Mane garbage era so you wouldnt know good music anyway..Quit hating on everybody..Especially Benzino..He's Nice..Always been Nice..

    • golden Cream butter

      Man i dont like benzino and i've been listening to hip hop since KRS one and Talib Kweli and those cats.

    • Max Hate

      Yo, benzino single handedly ruined one of hip hop's most trusted and respected magazines by pushing his garbage in the mag and changing mic ratings to make his trash look better. and I can't stand that Gucci Mane shit or most of the new jacks in hiphop. but Benzino only represents that same class of rapper just from a different era. shit that is crammed down your throat until you either like it or quit listening to the radio all together. He fits the mold of what threatens to ruin hip hop. benzino is shit...always been shit.

    • Lexron

      Yeah I remember that shit! It was like ten fucking years ago... and that shit was garbage! Benzino has always been garbage! " Rock the Party" was the dokie stain on my little brother's underwear. Stop being loyal to this cat just because he's the only rapper that ever rep boston. its time for him to hang up the microphone and let it go he to old for this, he was old then he's a grandpa now. FUCK BENZINO! 83 YEAR OLD FAKE PACINO!...LOL

    • khordkutta

      Rock the party was a great club song, beat was ill and thats about it. Dude is whack I have been listening to HipHop since 1979 sun, and Benzino is Wack!!! made men is only classics in your mind.

    • cjrocker

      Bullshit. He's trash

  • EXTREMEKUSHSMOKER

    REALLY HIPHOPDX YOU JUST INSULTED HIP HOP BY REFERRING TO BENZINO AS AN "EMCEE" SMFH

  • Benzinokiller

    Benzino sucks.......Tell that Nucca to cut his head off...

  • Jpe-lyrical

    Well I guess he will never get it so all the people who are close to him betta tell him he's the wackests MC's ever and everytime when he's out talking about him and his people doing a song people laugh like crazy.

  • liquiddopeness

    When will Benzino just die?

  • Clark_Kent

    How much did Benzino pay HipHopDX to do this interview?

  • Fishscale

    Another solid piece! Way to go guys!! 2010 and Benzino gets some shine!! What's next, a biography on Father MC????

    • nuc

      even if he attempted it, i would refuse to call it a comeback,, cause he was never up front in the game....... EVER

    • nuc

      hahahahah its 2010 and benzino is making a comeback didnt you know? hahah still waiting on that slaughterhouse diss track hahah!

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