Raymond Scott, 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.
Benzino was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a Cape Verdean mother and a Puerto Rican 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 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.
Benzino was shot in the shoulder and back on March 29, 2014 by his nephew Gai Scott; the shooting took place in the town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, at his mother's funeral. The wounds were not fatal.
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". 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". 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.
|2001||The Benzino Project|
|2002||The Benzino Remix Project|
|2011||Caezar (mix tape)|
|2012||The Magnificent 757's (mix tape) feat. Stevie J|
|2013||Crushed Ice (mix tape)|
|2015||Welcome to Texaco City (mix tape) feat. OJ da Juiceman|
|2001||2001 Source Awards||Himself|
|2012-2014||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||Himself|
|2014||2014 Soul Train Music Awards||Himself|
|2015-2016||Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars||Himself|
|2016-present||The Next :15||Himself|