Is Busta on Steroids? Beating Victims Speaks Out


Is Busta on Steroids? Beating Victims Speaks Out

A while back we ran an interview with former Source owners Dave Mays & Benzino shortly after Busta and Mays had their altercation in Miami. The end result was Mays getting hit upside the head with a bottle and having to get stitches. Benzino alluded to the fact that Busta was on steroids and needed to check himself. At first many of us laughed it off and attributed the remarks to a jealous Benzino, but in lieu of this latest altercation, one can’t be too sure.. What’s really going on?

Beating victim recounts rappers rampage,

Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhyme victim was a former fan and plans to file a civil lawsuit after the teen suffered a concussion and a split lip. His violent unprovoked account gives credence to rumors of steroid rage. (This sounds more legitimate than Buster Rhymes story.)

One moment, Roberto Lebron was telling Busta Rhymes he was a big fan – and the next thing he knew, the rapper was kicking him in the face.
That was the dramatic account offered yesterday by the 19-year-old Bronx man, whose allegations of a Chelsea beat-down landed Rhymes in his latest scrape with the law.

While I was on the ground, he was kicking me in the face, Lebron said yesterday. I saw him kick me.
Lebrons crime, he said, was accidentally spitting on Bustas ride on Aug. 12.

Me and my friends were walking across the street. I spit on the street and it landed on a moving car. It was a Maybach. That car stopped, along with two black SUVs.

People came out and they were walking up to me. We realized it was Busta Rhymes, Lebron said in a phone interview arranged by his lawyer.

He asked me, Homie, did you spit on my car? I said Sorry, I didnt mean to. Were big fans of yours. That was the last thing I said, Lebron recalled.

One of his people hit me in the face and I fell on the ground – and then Rhymes came over to finish the job, he said.

Lebron said the star and his crew kicked and punched him in the middle of Sixth Ave. near 19th St. – then yanked his Nike sneakers off his feet and tossed them away.

Rhymes beefy posse kept Lebrons three friends from coming to his aid, and bolted after about two minutes, he said.

I guess they got tired of beating me up, said Lebron, who was a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice until he took a full-time job hooking up televisions in hospital rooms.

Lebron filed a formal criminal complaint on Saturday, and cops busted Rhymes after his concert at Randalls Island.

Here’s a response from my man C Wise regarding that question…

I keep telling folks this is a mid-life/end of career crisis this man is going through. I’m not a doctor nor do I claim to be one, but Busta’s behavior over the past year has drawn those to believe he’s suffering from roid rage. He’s been in some many different altercations, even with a security detail, Busta seems to find himself drawn into these conflicts, some of which sound like they can be avoided by just walking away.

Is it Steroids? I don’t know and I don’t want to be the one to ask either.

After learning more about what happened to Proof back in April, it made me realize that black men seem to be the ones killing each other more and more everyday. We are often thrown in to situations that can result in violence. I’m not trying to rip off the Boondocks, but lately Busta is making headlines for various “Nigga Moments”, and I’m afraid the pattern he is following may result in us saying another RIP to another Hip-Hop legend. :|

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Playahata newsletter: Rakim Injured in Car Crash



Originally Ooh Papi was going to do a newsletter for today but yesterday his fiancee forced him to watch American Idol with her and that threw off his schedule. He said he would start compiling the newsletter after he saw a heterosexual black male contestant and that explains why you don’t have a newsletter today. 🙂


Anyway the greatest rapper of all time was injured in a car accident yesterday leaving my great state. Yes, Rakim was injured in a car accident leaving Connecticut for New York but he is expected to fully recover although he is still hospitalized.

In addition one of the greatest singers ever (imho) also had a sad day yesterday Arne Naess Jr., the Norwegian shipping magnate & former husband of Diana Ross who fell to his death on January 13th while climbing in the mountains near Cape Town, South Africa, was laid to rest at a private memorial service in Norway on Wednesday (January 21st). Only close friends and family attended the service, which was performed in English out of respect to Naess’ foreign family members, including his ex-wives Diana Ross and Filippa Kumlin; his partner at the time of his death.Mr. Naess was climbing in the Groot Drakenstein mountains, about 44 miles outside of Cape Town, when he apparently slipped and fell more than 300 feet to his death. Mr. Naess did not have much protective gear, just ropes and a harness. Mr. Naess was an experienced mountaineer who led a team of Norwegian climbers to the summit of Mount Everest in April 1985. He and Ross had two sons before their divorce in 1999.

It seems like I have so much bad news these days, so let me tell you something lighter. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) found Bush’s speech laughable in its own right. Viewers spotted her snickering when Bush called for a curb on athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs.
“Now if he had mentioned testosterone, that would have been funny,” Clinton told colleagues after the speech. She perfected her line later when she told reporters Bush’s address was “partisanship on steroids.”I thought that bit about steroids in baseball was the most misplaced rhetoric ever in a State of the Union Address. We all have ‘beaten-wife syndrome,’ where we’ve been lied to so often,” “George Bush is like a drunken, unfaithful spouse who’s gone out and cheated on us so many times that at this point we just “accept it”….He looks like the belligerent guy in the bar who tries to pick a fight with you .

The Latin sensation from D.C. did about 18 newsletter rants last year but on his special day, let’s take a look at what is listed under the Boricuan sensation’s columns, although it isn’t all his.This Washington, D.C. family man has had 10 excerpted items from his column highlighted on his day. I bet you don’t know why has made this Ooh Papi day ? -Charlie the Moderator


1.It’s Getting Sweaty In Here -“Meanwhile, Rocawear never addresses the sweatshop issue but Ironically, Latin America’s greatest martyred freedom fighter Che Guvera has become a symbol of Rockafella’s co-founder and greatest artist Jay-Z A.K.A., Sean Carter. Nobody cares that Che Guvera was anti-Rockefeller (the man that the label was partially named after). In the end I think Che summed it up best some years ago, when he said “The amount of poverty and suffering required for the emergence of a Rockefeller, and the amount of depravity that the accumulation of a fortune of such magnitude entails, are left out of the picture, and it is not always possible to make the people in general see this. ”

2.An Open Letter to the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network(HSAN) -“Benzino is shady, he himself was once affiliated with a white emcee, and that white emcee used the N word on the track they made together. In fact, it appears that Benzino told his white emcee to use the N word.The emcee in question is named Bawston Strangla, and his connection to Benzino is detailed on…Strangla/, where you can also download the song he and Benzino worked on together in 2000, “Shamrocks and Glocks”. About 35 seconds into the song you will hear Strangla drop the proverbial “N” bomb, in a passage that sounds very random and out of place alongside his other lyrics.The website contacted the white emcee and he said Benzino told him to use the N word.(yes you read right) This does nothing to minimize the offensiveness of Eminem’s track and lack of response by Em but “it does places Benzino’s righteous indignation in a different light. Just in case anyone was starting to take him seriously they should rethink that and the same goes for HSAN and their political posturing.

3.Real Playboy Pimps ride The Hip Hop Hummer to Bank -“The Hip-hop generation is mislead because many of the high profile rap artist who get media attention are uninformed or make associations based solely on their personal interest. Hollywood has many of them caught up in its surreal Matrix and since rap (the biggest component of hip hop) is totally crossover now the business ties and interests of people like Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger are the same as those of people like P-Diddy or Russell Simmons. That is a conflict of interest for the African-American community as well as any working class community, black, white or other. Donald Trump once considered running for political office and could win just as Arnold did. While both Trump and Arnold have a history of indifference or outright prejudice to communities of color it won’t make a difference at the ballot box to communities of color. Unfortunately, the rich playboy image is being swallowed by too many voters. It makes no difference to voters that the rich elite ONLY see them as a market waiting to be exploited.”

4.Rush Limbaugh Finally Skinned by Tabloid Media – Listen people (something the partially deaf Limbaugh can’t always do). Limbaugh got the job because he committed those zany and intolerant acts. The real issue is that it is part of the norm for unqualified whites like Limbaugh to get high paying, high profile jobs even if the resume does not support such a hire. The dismissal of the Redskin name change lawsuit by the judge and the hire of Limbaugh the bigot are proof that racial bias and neglect are not real concerns in the NFL.

5.’Making Da Band’ was Making The Exploitation of Us.- MTV showed what probably added up to a whole season of ‘Making Da Band 2’ this weekend. I saw about 10 episodes and all I can say is that somebody should call the department of Child Welfare on both MTV and P-Diddy. That was the most exploitive “reality show” I ever saw. Come to think of it those were young adults not children, so don’t call Child Welfare. I guess, I am thinking child because the one named Frederick still sucks his thumb like an infant.

6.Tommy Hillfigger Vs Beanie Sigel -A Look at the Urban Hoax – Joel J. Horowitz, Tommy Hillfigger’s chief executive says that the denim business is now dominated by urban brands who have become successful in using their own logos. He says Tommy, “needs to be more fashion-right with the denim details that we put forth through fabric or sophisticated washes, and compete more on the product side versus the logo side.” So Tommy took Horowitz’s advice, his new approach. A billboard above the West Side Highway in Manhattan featuring what a competitor described as “Pacific Sunwear meets Ralph Lauren meets `From Here to Eternity’,'” Analysts and others in the retail industry have wondered why he has switched his game so dramatically. It’s simple the hood got no more love for Tommy and his cash register is hurting.

7.Deadly Makeovers -I was amazed at all the positive coverage mobster John Gotti received when he died. A lot of it was untrue. The press for the most part did this makeover of him as a good man. He was a mobster for Christ sake, you know what they do.

8.The Real Murder Inc. …. Don’t Laugh- “So, when Bush is envisioning “a foreign-handed foreign policy,” or observes on some point that “it’s not the way that America is all about,” Miller contends it’s because he can’t keep his focus on things that mean nothing to him. “When he tries to talk about what this country stands for, or about democracy, he can’t do it,” he said. This, then, is why he’s so closely watched by his handlers, Miller says – not because he’ll say something stupid, but because he’ll overindulge in language of violence and punishment at which he excels. “He’s a very angry guy, a hostile guy. He’s much like Nixon. So they’re very, very careful to choreograph every move he makes. They don’t want him anywhere near protestors, because he would lose his temper.”

9.Artists Don’t Make Money From Record Deals -“So the artists actually receive $19,333 each for their gold album, and in two years when the reserves are liquidated, IF they’ve recouped, they will each receive another $63,000. IF they’ve recouped. Guess who keeps track of all of this accounting? The label. Most contracts are “cross-collateralized,” which means if the artist does not recoup on the first album, the money will be paid back out of the second album. Also, if the money is not recouped on the second album, repayment can come out of the “in reserve” funds from the first album, if the funds have not already been liquidated”

9.I am not down with this war @#%$! (Will the real Slim Cheyney please stand up) – Moreover, documents uncovered by the Center for Public Integrity show that Halliburton received $1.5 billion in government loans and loan guarantees during the five years Cheney was CEO. That compares with just $100 million during the previous five years…….”He’s receiving money from the government and money from a private-sector company with government contracts,” said Allison. “Whose payroll is he on?” The answer: Both of them. And that couldn’t be right.


The Source Magazine, Eminem, Hip Hop and Race

Here’s an interesting article dealing w/ growing skepticism of the Source magazine, Hip Hop and Race..



It was a press conference called by a high-profile congresswoman, the founder of a magazine once considered “the Bible of hip-hop” and a respected Los Angeles community activist. The goal: to tackle issues of racism in the music industry and to announce a plan “to reclaim ownership of hip-hop for the African American community.”

On the podium in Beverly Hills on Friday were Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), Source magazine founder David Mays and activist Aqueela Sherills, who helped broker a 1992 truce between rival gangs in Watts. Presidential candidate the Rev. Al Sharpton even put in a surprise appearance.

The participants decried what they characterized as a deliberate effort by the music industry “to redefine and repackage hip-hop for mainstream America” and outlined plans for a national peace campaign with a series of hip-hop festivals aimed at reinfusing money generated by rap music back into communities where it was born.

But there was also an elephant in the room, one that all on hand did their best to ignore: the ongoing feud between the Source and the world’s most popular rapper, Eminem, who is white.

Following a presentation that ran more than an hour, Mays, who is also white, called for questions from the press, but the Q&A session wrapped in less than five minutes. There were barely half a dozen reporters in the 150-seat ballroom.

The light turnout appeared to reflect increasing media skepticism toward the Source since the publication launched a series of attacks last year against Eminem.

Just as the magazine has assailed his character and integrity in the world of hip-hop, the mainstream press has been asking the same things about the Source. In its Jan. 12 issue, Time magazine writes that “outrage has boomeranged on the questionable journalistic judgment of Mays and the Source.”

The public skirmish began in the Source’s February 2003 issue, which included an article critical of Eminem and an illustration of rapper Benzino holding the Detroit rapper’s severed head. Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, is Mays’ business partner.

The attacks escalate in the Source’s February issue, which hit stands last week — with Eminem on the cover. Several articles again paint him as a racist and a culture thief, a white kid who has profited enormously, and unfairly, from an art form created by blacks.

The magazine comes with a CD containing excerpts of a tape Eminem made at least a decade ago in which he denigrated black women.

The Source, which made the tape public in November, argues that the comments refute Eminem’s long-espoused position that he respects the black culture that gave birth to rap and fueled his career.

Eminem issued a short statement at the time apologizing, saying it was “something I made out of anger, stupidity and frustration when I was a teenager.”

The Source frames its questions about Eminem as symbolic of a pervasive racism threatening hip-hop music today, a problem Friday’s press conference tried to address.

“That debate [over Eminem] is necessary to force the discussion to the next level,” Mays said after the conference. “There’s no question Eminem is a powerful force. As a leader, he has a tremendous influence…. As painful as it might be, we’ve got to deal with the issue of racism.”

Yet many in the music press view the situation simply as mudslinging by Benzino and Mays.



Benzino’s role at the Source has been a point of contention before, prompting wholesale resignations of its editorial staff twice when the rapper, described by Village Voice music critic Robert Christgau as “an obvious second- or fourth-rater,” received glowing coverage in the magazine of which he’s “co-founder and chief brand executive.” The February issue has a cover reference to more Benzino coverage.

“There are issues worth debating about Eminem’s rise — the rise of a white figure to the top of the hip-hop game — and how it reflects racial attitudes in America,” says Craig Marks, editor in chief of Blender magazine, which covers rock, pop and hip-hop. “Unfortunately, the Source may not be the best-qualified magazine to lay those out.”

The Source’s discussion of racism and hip-hop, says Chuck Eddy, music editor at the Village Voice, is “completely colored by the feud” between the magazine and the rapper. “We haven’t done a piece on it, and we don’t plan to.”

The magazine’s new issue also charges Eminem, who has been widely embraced not only by Anglos but by black, Latino and Asian fans and other hip-hop artists, with using phrases derogatory to all African Americans. These are based on comments from a former associate, and this time the magazine has offered no audio clips as proof.

“We don’t have any further response to the Source,” a spokesman for Interscope Records, Eminem’s label, said last week. “We’re out of business with them.” Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, gave an exclusive interview to XXL magazine, the Source’s chief competitor, which will appear in its March issue, arriving on newsstands next month.

“I don’t think anyone around me is questioning where my heart is at,” he tells XXL, which once attacked his credibility because he is white. “I know what I do is black music. I know how it started, I know where it came from. But instead of trying to solely capitalize off it, I’ve been able to get in a position where I’m able to help other people.”

Editor in chief Elliott Wilson said XXL let Eminem address its rival’s questions about his racial attitudes because “despite the fact that you may not be able to trust the messenger [the Source], if an African American kid who’s an Eminem fan has heard that he used the N-word, he deserves answers.”

Dave Mays

Dave Mays

On Friday, some participants tried to draw a line between the Eminem debate and the discussion of ways to incorporate hip-hop music and performers into a broad campaign to reduce violence in inner cities and to channel the music’s economic power toward the improvement of those communities.

Mays pondered the question of whether the Source’s focus on Eminem might undermine efforts to promote meaningful debate on the wider issue of who deserves to reap the rewards of hip-hop’s transformation from a street art form to an international cultural phenomenon.

“He’s up there. He’s the tool being used by the corporations,” Mays said.

As to whether targeting Eminem will do more harm than good in the long run, “that,” Mays said, “remains to be seen.”

Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer