On "Gangsta's Touch," he adopts a Ja Rule growl on a duet with Ja's Murder Inc. cohorts Black Child and Cadillac Tah. He then brazenly rips off the guitar riff to P. Diddy's "I Need a Girl, Part II" on "Would You." With Fatal Hussein of the Outlawz, Tupac's former crew, on board, Benzino morphs into a gritty-voiced, weed-tokin' fatalist obsessed with his own mortality. Sound familiar?
By now you've likely read all about Benzino's beef with Eminem. Sadly, his by-the-numbers Eminem dis track, "Pull Your Skirt Up," was hardly worth the time Eminem spent responding to it on mix-tape replies. If, as he raps in his clumsy flow, Eminem is the "2003 Vanilla Ice," then Benzino must be 2003's update on the Madd Rapper, a self-important creation that sells -- and says -- nothing.