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.

History

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 fitting a solo artist. He has appeared on the reality television show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, after 2012. He has additionally 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 weren't fatal.

Feud with Eminem

Benzino is known for being involved, after 2003, in a widely publicised 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 An Additional 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 An Additional Day: Flawless Victory, disparaging Eminem and his record label.

Discography

1994Revenge of da Badd Boyz (with The Almighty RSO)
  • Released: September 27, 1994
  • Label: RCA/BMG Records
  • Format: CD, EP, Cassette
1996Doomsday: Forever RSO (with The Almighty RSO)
1999Classic Limited Edition (with Made Men)
  • Released August 24, 1999
  • Label: Restless Records
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette
2001The Benzino Project
  • Released: October 30, 2001
  • Label: Motown
  • Format: CD, LP
2002The Benzino Remix Project
  • Released: June 18, 2002
  • Label: Surrender Records
  • Format: CD, LP
2003Redemption
  • Released: January 14, 2003
  • Label: Elektra
  • Format: CD, LP
Die An Additional Day: Flawless Victory
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Source Magazine
  • Format: CDr, Mixed
2005Arch Nemesis
  • Released: February 22, 2005
  • Label: ZNO Records
  • Format: CD, LP
2007The Antidote
  • Released: August 21, 2007
  • Label: seventh Floor Music
  • Format: CD, LP, Digital Download
2011Caezar
  • Released: September 11, 2011
  • Label: Oasis Music Group
  • Format: Digital Download
Blue Bag feat. first 48
  • Released: October 10, 2011
  • Label: ZNO Records
  • Format: Digital Download
2012The Magnificent 757's with Stevie J
  • Released: June 18, 2012
  • Label: The Warden/Burn Unit/Armadale
  • Format: Digital Download
2013Crushed Ice (as Zino Grigio)
  • Released: February 22, 2013
  • Label: AMS Entertainment
  • Format: Digital Download
2015Welcome to Texaco City with OJ da Juiceman
  • Released: November 30, 2015
  • Label: 32 Entertainment
  • Format: Digital Download

Filmography

Television

YearTitleRole
20012001 Source AwardsHimself
2003Soul TrainHimself
2005BloodlineStore Clerk
2012RapFix LiveHimself
2012-2014Love & Hip Hop: AtlantaHimself
20142014 Soul Train Music AwardsHimself
2015-2016Marriage Boot Camp: Reality StarsHimself
2016–presentThe Next :15Himself
2016Hollywood HeartsHimself