Ray Benzino: Andre 3000 accepted his award, and he was really serious about, look, “The South got something to say.” And as big as N. So I think the Source Awards let New York know that hip-hop was alive and well in different regions.Towards the end of your time running , the magazine was dogged by concerns about Ray’s involvement. DM: We became friends and business partners from early on, before there was a up. They made good music, and yeah, he was my friend and business partner, so allowing him to go up and present an award wasn’t a big deal, shouldn’t have been a big deal.RB: The Almighty RSO relationship was always a battle, because there was the integrity of the magazine, me being involved with Dave.

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Source Awards, we called up Dave Mays and Ray Benzino, the magazine’s controversial former co-owners, who parted ways with the company almost a decade ago, after years of warring with Eminem, , and we had an afternoon where we gave out Source awards.

Several different artists got awards, these little trophies we made up.

Suge Knight’s famous remarks that night became the first real shots in a deadly battle. Snoop Dogg’s rant (“The East Coast ain’t got love for Dr. Out Kast getting booed and Andre 3000’s prophecy (“The South got something to say! And, too, there was an early sighting of Raymond “Benzino” Scott, then just an unknown rapper from Boston, presenting an award long before his behind-the-scenes involvement in The events of that night reverberated through hip-hop for years to come.

The East Coast-West Coast beef ballooned into a true rivalry, culminating in the deaths of 2Pac and the Notorious B. G.; rap’s balance of power shifted south of the the Mason-Dixon Line, albeit temporarily; and itself became an even bigger powerhouse, with even more award shows, and eventually more competition to do battle with.

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They did leave under some circumstances, and only their version or their side of things has been told.

James Bernard, people like that, years later are reaching out to kind of apologize to me and let me know that they understand.

The awards was just kind of a natural idea I came up with out of my passion for hip-hop and my desire to kind of showcase the talent, bring some of these incredible artists, producers, lyricists, musicians, and dancers—everybody that was a part of hip-hop—a platform. That made it valuable to the record labels, artists, managers, and everyone else.