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Raymond Scott (born July 18, 1965), better known by his stage name Benzino, is an American hip hop media executive and record producer. He was known for appearing on VH1 reality TV series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and TV One original series The Next :15.[1]

Birth name Raymond Scott
Born (1965-07-18) July 18, 1965 (age 53)
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) producer, record executive, Rapper
Years active 1983—present
Labels 7th Floor Music, Murder Inc., ZNO Records
Associated acts The Almighty RSO, Karlie Redd, Made Men, Ja Rule



Benzino was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a Cape Verdean and German mother and a Puerto Rican and African American father. Along with his longtime friend, David Mays, Benzino is known for being a principal of the hip hop magazine The Source, which was launched in 1988 as a single-sheet newsletter out of Mays' Harvard University dorm room.

Benzino has said one of the primary inspirations to enter the genre of rap, stems from his fondness of the film Wild Style.[2]

Benzino was a founding member of rap groups The Almighty RSO and Made Men, before finally becoming a solo artist. He has appeared on the reality television show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, since 2012. He has also dated Karlie Redd and Althea Heart.[3]

On March 29, 2014, Benzino was shot in the shoulder and back by his nephew Gai Scott. The shooting took place in the town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, at his mother's funeral.[4] The wounds were not fatal.[5]

Feud with EminemEdit

Benzino is known for being involved, since 2003, in a widely publicized feud with rapper Eminem as Benzino called him "2003 Vanilla Ice".[6] Since then the pair have been creating diss tracks about each other, including Benzino's "Pull Your Skirt Up" and "Die Another Day" or Eminem's "The Sauce" and "Nail in the Coffin".[7] As a continuation of this animosity between the two, Benzino released a diss mixtape Benzino Presents: Die Another Day: Flawless Victory, disparaging Eminem and his record label, but ultimately was never able to be as successful as Eminem.[8][9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

Raymond considered DeJesus to be his father figure, especially in the duration of DeJesus's incarceration. Raymond's siblings include his sister Maureen, who took up medicine to become a medical doctor. His other sister, Anita Scott-Wilson, studied veterinarian medicine from Tuskegee Institute for a nine-year period, in order to receive her master's degree.[11]


Studio albumsEdit

2001 The Benzino Project
  • Released: October 30, 2001
  • Label: Motown
  • Formats: CD, LP
2003 Redemption
  • Released: January 14, 2003
  • Label: Elektra
  • Formats: CD, LP
2005 Arch Nemesis
  • Released: February 22, 2005
  • Label: ZNO Records
  • Formats: CD, LP
2007 The Antidote
  • Released: August 21, 2007
  • Label: 7th Floor Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download

Collaboration albumsEdit

1996 In Tha Company of Killaz (with Wiseguys)
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Surrender Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
1996 Doomsday: Forever RSO (with The Almighty RSO)
  • Released: November 19, 1996
  • Label: Rap-A-Lot/Virgin
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
1999 Classic Limited Edition (with Made Men)
  • Released: August 24, 1999
  • Label: Restless Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
2000 No Skits Vol. 1 (with Hangmen 3)
  • Released: July 18, 2000
  • Label: Surrender Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP

Remix albumsEdit

2002 The Benzino Remix Project
  • Released: June 18, 2002
  • Label: Surrender Records
  • Formats: CD, LP


2003 Die Another Day: Flawless Victory
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Source Magazine
  • Formats: CD
2010 When the Heavens Fall (with 1st 48)
  • Released: June 5, 2010
  • Label: Oasis Music Group/The Compound
  • Formats: digital download
2011 Caezar
  • Released: September 11, 2011
  • Label: Oasis Music Group
  • Formats: digital download
Blue Bag (with 1st 48)
  • Released: October 10, 2011
  • Label: ZNO Records
  • Formats: digital download
2012 The Magnificent 757's (with Stevie J)
  • Released: June 18, 2012
  • Label: The Warden/Burn Unit/Armadale
  • Formats: digital download
2013 Crushed Ice
  • Released: February 22, 2013
  • Label: AMS Entertainment
  • Formats: digital download
2015 Welcome to Texaco City (with OJ da Juiceman)
  • Released: November 30, 2015
  • Label: 32 Entertainment
  • Formats: digital download



Year Title Role
2001 2001 Source Awards Himself
2003 Soul Train Himself
2005 Bloodline Store Clerk
2012 RapFix Live Himself
2012–2014 Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Himself
2014 2014 Soul Train Music Awards Himself
2015–2016 Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Himself
2016 The Next :15 Himself
2016 Hollywood Hearts Himself


  1. ^ "MC Benzino Says Hip-Hop is in Critical Condition". Boston Globe. January 18, 2003. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Music Bliss Hip Hop Interviews Done Right". Music Bliss Hip Hop Interviews Done Right. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  3. ^ "What Happened on 'Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta' Ep. 6?". Vibe. 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  4. ^ "US rapper Benzino shot at mother's funeral". BBC. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Nephew gunned down uncle Benzino at funeral out of self-defense". The Daily Mail. 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  6. ^ Dukes, Rahman (2002-11-22). "Benzino Ignites Beef By Calling Eminem '2003 Vanilla Ice' – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  7. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (2003-01-03). "Benzino, Eminem Feud Heats Up | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  8. ^ Cantor, Paul (2010-10-13). "Rapper Huddy 6 Killed In Car Accident – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  9. ^ Adaso, Henry. The Greatest Hip-Hop Battles (...and Their Winners). Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  10. ^ "Magazine impresario Benzino talks about his music, Hip-Hop's future & his feud with Eminem". Philadelphia Daily News. March 3, 2005. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  11. ^ "MARY A. (TIMAS) SCOTT's Obituary on Boston Globe". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 

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