Dave Mays on Launching & Losing The Source, Benzino, Eminem, Suge Knight, Snoop (Full Interview)

Founder of The Source Magazine, Dave Mays, sat down with VladTV to detail his life and career. Mays talked about his upbringing before making the decision to enroll at Harvard University. He also described how he got into Hip Hop and the early beginnings of The Source. Mays explained how he and Benzino formed a partnership as well as their quest to make The Source a national publication. He talked about his role at the publication and its popularity within the rap world before offering his thoughts on Suge Knight’s infamous speech at the 1995 Source Awards.

Despite experiencing a peak in the early 2000s, the dot-com bubble caused the magazine to start losing money and the publication was being investigated by the FBI. Mays also described how Benzino’s beef with Eminem damaged the credibility of The Source and broke down Kim Osario’s lawsuit against the company. Mays explained why he and Benzino were forced out of the magazine and why it was ultimately sold. Check out the above clip to interview to hear about Dave Mays’ current projects.

Interview by Shawn Prez
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Dave Mays on Him & Benzino Forced Out of The Source: Sold For Only $4M to Prince’s Lawyer (Part 10)

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Part 9: https://youtu.be/qSEqmM3zuHA
Part 1: https://youtu.be/5Fla3tOilFE
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In this clip, Dave Mays talks about the lawsuit that was heaped upon him and his business partner, Ray Benzino, by his former editor-in-chief, Kim Osorio. A case where the sexual harassment portion of her accusation was dismissed but the wrongful determination part was not. He addresses the groundbreaking social impact of the case, but maintains his stance in that he was the trailblazer for women journalists during a time where misogyny ran rampant in hip hop. Mays clarifies the reason why his magazine decided to move on from Kim as the EIC and the role her firing may have played in the lawsuit that she would go on to file against him.

Dave Mays also talks about being forced out of The Source with his former Business partner, Benzino, and the role that his investor, Black Enterprise played in his demise as the leader of the famous magazine. He also talks about his legacy and the way in which his decision-making helped shape the entire landscape of rap and hip-hop news. The music businessman shares his excitement about his latest venture in podcasting and audio journalism called "Breakbeat Media" and his belief in the way the new talent on his platform will help him blaze yet another trail in hip hop. 

Lastly, Dave Mays discusses an upcoming 10-part series that he is producing that will be centered around the evolution of Larry Hoover, from a gangster to an influential figure in politics and the real reason why he is still locked up.

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Dave Mays on How Benzino Became a Partner in The Source After Staff Quit (Part 5)

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Part 4: https://youtu.be/An9wnckDLd8
Part 1: https://youtu.be/5Fla3tOilFE
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In this clip, Dave Mays talks about how the dissension in the ranks, amongst his primary business partner and editors at The Source, prompted the launch of the publication’s biggest competition to date: XXL Magazine. He shares the names of his of people who initiated the walk out, like James Benard and the one business partner who stood by his side during the highly publicized dismantling of the magazine, Ed Young. Dave Mays talks about the process of re-staffing the magazine after the walkout and the aftermath of the fallout. Lastly, he explains why he brought Benzino aboard as a business partner after several of his former employees cited their disdain for the rapper.

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Dave Mays on The Source Staff Quitting Over Benzino (Part 4)

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Part 3: https://youtu.be/51srUtV1dyE
Part 1: https://youtu.be/5Fla3tOilFE
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In this clip, Dave Mays discusses the influence of The Source during its heyday and the way in which the startup platform helped launch the careers of some of the biggest rappers in the ’90s. The Washington DC native also talks about the popularity of the publication and the influence of its editors. The founder of the trailblazing hip-hop magazine also details some of the verbal sparrings that went on between his content creators and rap groups such as Cypress Hill. And lastly, Dave Mays reflects on the way his friendship with Benzino and how it nearly prompted his own team to boycott his position as their leader.

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Dave Mays on How “Street Guy” Benzino Became Co-Owner of The Source (Part 2)

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Part 1: https://youtu.be/5Fla3tOilFE
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In the latest clip, Dave Mays explained how he became friends with Benzino and eventually brought him into The Source as a partner. In describing his relationship with Benzino, he revealed that he helped get the rapper’s group, The Almighty RSO, their deal with Tommy Boy Records. After detailing the roles of the other partners he and co-founder John Shecter brought in, Mays revealed he raised $75,000 in his senior year at Harvard by selling a year’s worth of ads to record labels that depended on The Source’s support. With the newly acquired funds, Mays and Shecter moved to New York where they set up a small office and began to publish the magazine in a glossier look. Mays also pointed out that Chuck D was the first to give The Source its title as the Bible of Hip Hop.

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Benzino on Young Dolph, Boosie, Lil Nas X, Stevie J & Faith, Alpo, Dave Chappelle (Full Interview)

Benzino came through for another VladTV interview, and this time around, he started out reacting to the news of Young Dolph’s passing, and he spoke about how it’s dangerous to be a rapper. Benzino went on to state that he believes Dolph’s murder will be solved, especially since the alleged car involved in the incident was found. Moving along, Benzino shared his thoughts on a video surfacing of Stevie J accusing Faith Evans of cheating on him, and he stated that not everything should be put on social media. Elsewhere in the interview, Benzino spoke about the deadly incident at a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, which led to a conversation about mental illness and social media. To hear more, including Benzino addressing the DaBaby and DaniLeigh situation, Alpo Martinez being killed, and the Astroworld tragedy, hit the full interview above.

Benzino on Backlash Over Saying He Had a Bigger Song Than Daughter Coi Leray (Part 14)

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Part 13: https://youtu.be/31v6m18RbvA
Part 1: https://youtu.be/rgIt-bGcr5w
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In the final clip, Benzino talked about the youth risking their freedom for fashion after Styles P revealed he started selling crack to buy sneakers. He also addressed the backlash he received in his last VladTV interview for comparing his Billboard chart success to his daughter Coi Leray’s. Benzino called his daughter a bigger rapper than him before expressing how proud he is of that fact. He later highlighted the accomplishments of his other children before giving his reaction to Coi Leray’s sexually explicit lyrics. To hear more, check out the above clip.

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Benzino: Bobby Brown Did a Verse for Free After He Sunk My Boat (Part 13)

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Part 12: https://youtu.be/moO_0UXDCVw
Part 1: https://youtu.be/rgIt-bGcr5w
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In the latest clip, Benzino reacted to Scarface’s retirement announcement. He admitted to taking the announcement with a grain of salt, claiming all-time greats like Scarface can never retire because the fans won’t let him. Considering his long career in Hip Hop, Benzino said he will never retire because he loves it too much. Benzino also reflected on his debut album and explained how he was able to get so many high-profile features. Check out the clip above to hear Benzino explain why Bobby Brown gave him a free verse.

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Benzino on Boosie & Chappelle Getting “Cancelled”: The Hood Won’t Cancel You (Part 12)

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Part 11: https://youtu.be/ERUmrp1kt68
Part 1: https://youtu.be/rgIt-bGcr5w
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In this clip, Benzino shared his thoughts on Kyle Rittenhouse being acquitted on all charges for the shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which left two people dead. Benzino stated that he’s not surprised, adding that it’s the status quo in America for white men to be acquitted for things they’ve done. He went on to slam Tucker Carlson and Black Lives Matter.

He also spoke to Shawn Prez about his thoughts on Young Thug saying Atlanta will dominate hip-hop for the next 10 years, and Benzino thinks cities like Memphis and Jacksonville might have something to say about that. Benzino added that while Atlanta is still churning out a lot of hits, he thinks that other cities are also contributing.

Later in the clip, Benzino offered his thoughts on Boosie’s social media feud with Lil Nas X. The "Love & Hip Hop" alum pointed out that he also caught backlash for criticizing Lil Nas X but was let off the hook once Boosie became the "Montero" rapper’s most vocal critic. When Shawn Prez suggested he couldn’t openly voice his opinion of the LGBTQ community due to cancel culture, Benzino rejected that notion and said Blacks were cancelled by society a long time ago. Benzino added that people who are "aligned with the hood" can never be cancelled and said he will continue to express his opinions.

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