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 nameRaymond Scott
BornJuly 18, 1965 (age 53)
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)producer, record executive, Rapper
Years active1983—present
Labels7th Floor Music, Murder Inc., ZNO Records
Associated actsThe Almighty RSO, Karlie Redd, Made Men, Ja Rule, Hangmen 3, Outlawz, The Untouchables


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 Eminem

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.[8][9][10]

Personal life

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 albums

Collaboration albums

  • In Tha Company of Killaz with Wiseguys (1996)
  • Doomsday: Forever RSO with The Almighty RSO (1996)
  • Classic Limited Edition with Made Men (1999)
  • No Skits Vol. 1 with Hangmen 3 (2000)

Remix albums


  • Die Another Day: Flawless Victory (2003)
  • When the Heavens Fall with 1st 48 (2010)
  • Caezar (2011)
  • Blue Bag with 1st 48 (2011)
  • The Magnificent 757's with Stevie J (2012)
  • Crushed Ice (2013)
  • Welcome to Texaco City with OJ da Juiceman (2015)



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.

External links

Arch Nemesis

Arch Nemesis is the third solo album by Boston, Massachusetts rapper Benzino, released February 22, 2005, on ZNO Records.

Beef II

Beef II (released on DVD in August 2004) is a sequel to the 2003 documentary Beef, which continued to document the history of rivalries in hip-hop and rap music. Like its prequel, the film was executive produced by Quincy Jones III (QD3), written by Peter Alton and Peter Spirer (who also directed), and was this time narrated by actor Keith David.

Beef II shows a chronological look of battles (some friendly, but many personal), dating back to rap music's infancy in the early 1980s.

Among the rivalries that were profiled, they include

KRS-One vs. Nelly

Roxanne Shante and Marley Marl vs. U.T.F.O. (see The Roxanne Wars)

LL Cool J vs. Canibus

K-Solo vs. DMX

Cypress Hill vs. Ice Cube & Westside Connection

D12 (minus Eminem) vs. one-time Detroit cross-town ally Royce da 5'9"

EPMD partners Erick Sermon vs. Parrish Smith

Eminem vs.Benzino.Once again, similar to the first film, Russell Simmons, Snoop Dogg, Kool Moe Dee, Jay-Z, KRS-One, Mack 10, DMX, Big Daddy Kane, Redman, Method Man and Ice-T participate in the film through interviews (new interviews for the film itself), as well as archived interviews from footage of other sources.

Beef II also features never-before seen performances of many of the film's participants, plus extended portions of interviews that did not make the final cut of the film. One portion of the extra interviews features Grandmaster Caz discussing his animosity towards Big Bank Hank from the rap group The Sugar Hill Gang for him using Caz's rhymes for the hit song "Rapper's Delight" and then not being properly compensated. Other portions include Violent J from the rap group Insane Clown Posse discussing the birth of the beef between his group and superstar rapper Eminem and KRS-One talking about the incident that occurred between him and rapper Prince Be from the group P.M. Dawn and includes a segment of the well-publicized rivalry with record labels G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath artists 50 Cent, G-Unit, Dr. Dre, Eminem, D12, Obie Trice and XXL magazine squaring off against Ja Rule, Irv Gotti, Murder Inc. Records, Benzino and The Source magazine in an all out battle royal. A bonus disc included with the Beef II DVD contains the uncut interview of D12 and their beef with rapper Royce da 5'9".

Flavor Unit

The Flavor Unit is a crew of emcees and DJs from New York City and Northern New Jersey. It is now known as the Unit. The original version of the crew centered on producer the 45 King. It was Mark's connections to radio personalities DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout that initially got the crew noticed, but the original members also all had formidable rhyme skills and wrote streetwise lyrics. The 45 King eventually fell into serious drug abuse and Queen Latifah took over the name; it became her umbrella organization. Flavor Unit Management is run by Latifah, one of the original members of the Flavor Unit, and Shakim Compere. Past management clients were Monica, OutKast, Faith Evans, Total, SWV, Almighty RSO (a group featuring Ray Dog, better known today as Benzino), Groove Theory, Monifah, Gina Thompson, LL Cool J, Zhané, Donell Jones, and Naughty By Nature.

Karlie Redd

Karlie Redd (born Karlie Lewis) is an American television personality, hip-hop artist, model and actress. She is best known for appearing as a main cast member of VH1's reality show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta since its premiere in June 2012.

Like Toy Soldiers

"Like Toy Soldiers" is a song by American rapper Eminem, from his fifth album Encore (2004). "Like Toy Soldiers" received positive reviews from music critics, and peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside the United States, "Like Toy Soldiers" topped the charts in the United Kingdom and peaked within the top 10 of the charts in 12 countries, including Australia and New Zealand. The song samples "Toy Soldiers" by Martika.

Made Men

The Made Men was an American rap group signed to Restless Records composed of former Almighty RSO members Benzino and Antonio Twice Thou (formally E-Devious), and Cool Gsus. The group first appeared on DJ Clue's debut album, The Professional on the self-titled track, "Made Men". They then issued their debut album Classic Limited Edition on August 24, 1999, but the album failed to meet expectations, only making it to 61 on the Billboard 200. Although they never released a follow-up, the group continued to make guest appearances on albums by other artists and soundtracks. They last appeared on Daz Dillinger's Who Ride wit Us: Tha Compalation, Vol. 1 in 2001.

Redemption (Benzino album)

Redemption is the second solo album by Boston, Massachusetts rapper Benzino, released January 14, 2003 on Elektra Records.

The Almighty RSO

The Almighty RSO was a hip hop group from Boston, Massachusetts. Members included MCs E-Devious (Marco Antonio Ennis, later known as Antonio Twice Thou), Ray Dog (Ray Scott, later known as Benzino), Tony Rhome and DJ Deff Jeff.

Along with Ice T and Schooly D, Almighty RSO were among the first acts to record Gangsta rap, predating NWA.

The Antidote (Benzino album)

The Antidote is the fourth solo album by Boston, Massachusetts rapper Benzino, released August 21, 2007 on 7th Floor Music.

The Benzino Project

The Benzino Project is the debut solo album by Boston, Massachusetts rapper Benzino, released October 30, 2001 on Motown Records.

The album features guest performances from Puff Daddy, Scarface, Snoop Dogg, Black Rob, and Raekwon. In 2002, Benzino released a remix version of the album called, The Benzino Remix Project.

The Benzino Remix Project

The Benzino Remix Project is a collection of remixed songs from Boston, Massachusetts rapper Benzino, released June 18, 2002 on Elektra Records. The original versions of the tracks appear on 2001's The Benzino Project.

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, scored by, and starring British comedian Charlie Chaplin, following the tradition of many of his other films. Having been the only Hollywood filmmaker to continue to make silent films well into the period of sound films, this was Chaplin's first true sound film.

Chaplin's film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis. At the time of its first release, the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany. Chaplin plays both leading roles: a ruthless fascist dictator and a persecuted Jewish barber.

The Great Dictator was popular with audiences, becoming Chaplin's most commercially successful film. Modern critics have also praised it as a historically significant film and an important work of satire, and in 1997, it was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The Great Dictator was nominated for five Academy Awards – Outstanding Production, Best Actor, Best Writing (Original Screenplay), Best Supporting Actor for Jack Oakie, and Best Music (Original Score).

In his 1964 autobiography, Chaplin stated that he would not have made the film if he had known about the true extent of the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps at the time.

The Source

The Source is a United States–based monthly full-color magazine covering hip-hop music, politics, and culture, founded in 1988. It is the world's longest running rap periodical, being founded as a newsletter in 1988.

The Source Hip Hop Music Awards 2001

The Source had the First Rap Award Show. In 1991, The Source began handing out trophies on a special episode of Yo! MTV Raps, and three years later came a full-fledged production, complete with a stage show at Madison Square Garden’s Paramount Theater. The next year, The Source returned to that very same theater, except the climate in hip-hop had changed dramatically. 2Pac had been shot and was sequestered in jail, Bad Boy was the hottest new label in music, and beneath it all an East Coast-West Coast rivalry was bubbling.

“Any artist out there that wanna be an artist, stay a star, and won’t have to worry about the executive producer trying to be all in the videos, all on the records, dancing—come to Death Row!”

Suge Knight’s famous remarks that night became the first real shots in a deadly battle. But there was more. Snoop Dogg’s rant (“The East Coast ain’t got love for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg?”). Diddy throwing shots (“I live in the East, and I’m gonna die in the East”). OutKast 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 Source became the magazine’s Achilles’ heel.

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.I.G.; rap’s balance of power shifted south of the Mason–Dixon line, albeit temporarily; and The Source itself became an even bigger powerhouse, with even more award shows, and eventually more competition to do battle with.

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, XXL, and a myriad number of former staffers. While they’ve both moved on to greener pastures—a supermarket tabloid called Hip-Hop Weekly and Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta, respectively—neither has spoken publicly about The Source since then. Hip Hop Music Awards 2001 is the third (and final to date) annual album produced by the magazine to focus on its nominees of the now-defunct award show. It features nineteen hip hop and rap hits (two of them being bonus tracks). It went to number 34 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

This is the only The Source Hip Hop Music Awards compilation to feature a Billboard Hot 100 and R&B and Hip Hop number one hit: Ms. Jackson. In addition to that song, two more songs (out of three) made number one on the Hot Rap Tracks chart: Bow Wow (That's My Name) and Oh No.

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