Benzino

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Benzino
Birth nameRaymond Scott
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupationsproducer, record executive, Rapper
Years active1984–present
Labels7th Floor Music, Murder Inc., ZNO Records .
Associated actsThe Almighty RSO, Made Men, Hangmen 3
 
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Benzino
Birth nameRaymond Scott
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupationsproducer, record executive, Rapper
Years active1984–present
Labels7th Floor Music, Murder Inc., ZNO Records .
Associated actsThe Almighty RSO, Made Men, Hangmen 3

Raymond Scott, better known by his stage name Benzino, is an American hip hop media executive and record producer. He currently stars on VH1 TV series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta[1]

History[edit]

Benzino was born in Boston, Massachusetts to an African American mother and a Puerto Rican father. Along with his long time friend, David Mays, Benzino is known for being a principle of the hip hop magazine The Source, which was launched in 1988 as a single sheet newsletter out of Mays's Harvard University dorm room; and of Hip Hop Weekly.

Benzino was a founding member of rap group Made Men before finally becoming a solo artist. He currently appears on the reality television show, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. He has also dated Karlie Redd.[2]

Feud with Eminem[edit]

Benzino is known for being involved, since 2002, in a widely publicized feud with rapper Eminem as Benzino called him "2003 Vanilla Ice".[3] Since then the pair have been creating diss tracks about each other, including Benzino's "Pull Your Skirt Up" and "Die Another Day", and Eminem's "The Sauce" and "Nail in the Coffin."[4] 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 Shady Records.[5][6][7]

Discography[edit]

2001The Benzino Project
2003Redemption
  • Released: January 14, 2003
  • Label: Elektra
2005Arch Nemesis
  • Released: February 22, 2005
  • Label: 7th Floor Music
2007The Antidote
  • Released: August 21, 2007
  • Label: ZNO Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MC Benzino Says Hip-Hop is in Critical Condition". Boston Globe. January 18, 2003. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  2. ^ "What Happened on 'Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta' Ep. 6?". Vibe. 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  3. ^ Dukes, Rahman (2002-11-22). "Benzino Ignites Beef By Calling Eminem '2003 Vanilla Ice' - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  4. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (2003-01-03). "Benzino, Eminem Feud Heats Up | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  5. ^ Cantor, Paul (2010-10-13). "Rapper Huddy 6 Killed In Car Accident - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  6. ^ Adaso, Henry. The Greatest Hip-Hop Battles (...and Their Winners). About.com. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  7. ^ "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.  Unknown parameter |DN&p_theme= ignored (help)

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