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Benzino in 2018
Benzino in 2018
Background information
Birth nameRaymond Leon Scott[1]
Also known as
  • Ray Benzino
  • Ray Dog
Born (1965-07-18) July 18, 1965 (age 58)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Media proprietor
  • record producer
  • songwriter
Years active1986–present
Member of
Children4, including Coi Leray

Raymond Scott (born July 18, 1965), better known by his stage name Benzino or Ray Benzono, is an American urban media proprietor, television personality, rapper and record producer. Benzino produced records (as part of the production team Hangmen 3) and co-owned The Source magazine.[2]


Benzino has said one of the primary inspirations to enter the genre of rap stems from his fondness of the film Wild Style.[3] Benzino was a founding member of rap groups the Almighty RSO and Made Men. He has appeared on the reality television show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta since 2012.

Feud with Eminem[edit]

Benzino is known for being involved since 2002 in a widely publicized feud with rapper Eminem; the feud began after his The Source magazine rated The Eminem Show as four mics out of five. Eminem blamed the magazine and its co-founder Benzino for what he considered an unfair rating. Benzino later released diss tracks towards Eminem, titled "Pull Your Skirt Up" (calling him "2003 Vanilla Ice")[4][5] and "Die Another Day", while Eminem released "The Sauce" and "Nail in the Coffin".[6] As a continuation of this animosity between the two, Benzino released the diss mixtape Benzino Presents: Die Another Day: Flawless Victory, further disparaging Eminem.[7][8][9]

On September 4 2020, Benzino released a new single titled "The Bigger Picture" with an accompanying music video on YouTube.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Benzino has a mixed ethnicity. His father was Edward DeJesus, an African American and a Puerto Rican and his mother was Mary Scott, a Cape Verdean. His sisters are Anita Scott-Wilson and Maureen Scott.[11] In 2021, the rapper fell out with his daughter, Coi Leray, after she dissed Benzino in a song titled No More Parties (the remix). [12]

Benzino has dated Karlie Redd and Althea Heart.[13] Benzino and Heart had a son together in November 2015, but they broke off their engagement shortly thereafter. They appeared together on Season 6 of the television show Marriage Boot Camp chronicling their broken relationship.[14][15]

On March 29, 2014, Benzino was shot after attending his mother's funeral in Duxbury, Massachusetts.[16] He was shot in the shoulder and back by his 36-year-old nephew Gai Scott, who was later arrested for shooting him.[16]

Legal issues[edit]

On April 16, 2019, Benzino was stopped in Brookhaven, Georgia and cited for driving an uninsured vehicle. He was not the policy holder responsible for insuring the vehicle.[17] On June 22, 2019, Benzino was arrested for a bench warrant in DeKalb County, Georgia, and was taken to police headquarters for booking and was later jailed. As he was being transported there, he launched a racist tirade against a police officer arresting him, who was of Vietnamese descent. The tirade involved multiple racial slurs and maternal insults.[18] On July 31, 2020, Benzino was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property. He was accused of damaging the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck of a man who was in the company of Benzino's ex-fiancée Althea Heart.[19][20] On February 3, 2022, Benzino was arrested and charged with one count of second degree criminal damage to property, a felony.[21]


Studio albums[edit]

Collaboration albums[edit]

Remix albums[edit]


  • 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)

Charted singles[edit]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Da Hip Hop Witch Himself
2005 Bloodline Kilo
2011 Baghdad Himself
2016 Hollywood Hearts Himself TV movie
2020 Turnt Meko
Indictment: Who Is Jonathan Carter? James TV movie
False Advertisement -
2023 On Da Run Matteo
I Want Her Mike


Year Legacy Role Notes
2003 Soul Train Himself Episode: "Marques Houston/Solange Knowles/Benzino"
2014 Town Bizzness Himself Episode: "T-Pain in Seattle"
2012-14 Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Himself Main Cast: Season 1-3
2015-16 Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Himself Main Cast: Season 4
2016 The Next :15 Himself Main Cast
2017 Tamar & Vince Himself Episode: "Love and War"

Music Videos[edit]

Year Song Artist
1993 "Hey Mr. D.J." Zhané
1995 "Craziest" Naughty by Nature
2003 "Clap Back" Ja Rule


  1. ^ "ACE Repertory".
  2. ^ "MC Benzino Says Hip-Hop is in Critical Condition". Boston Globe. January 18, 2003. Retrieved January 21, 2009.
  3. ^ "Music Bliss Hip Hop Interviews Done Right". Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "A Breakdown of Benzino and Eminem's Heated Feud". October 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Dukes, Rahman (November 22, 2002). "Benzino Ignites Beef By Calling Eminem '2003 Vanilla Ice' – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  6. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (January 3, 2003). "Benzino, Eminem Feud Heats Up | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  7. ^ Cantor, Paul (October 13, 2010). "Rapper Huddy 6 Killed In Car Accident – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  8. ^ Adaso, Henry. The Greatest Hip-Hop Battles (...and Their Winners) Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. About.com. Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  9. ^ "Magazine impresario Benzino talks about his music, Hip-Hop's future & his feud with Eminem". Philadelphia Daily News. March 3, 2005. Retrieved January 21, 2009.
  10. ^ "Benzino-The Bigger Picture (Official Music Video)". Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  11. ^ "MARY A. (TIMAS) SCOTT's Obituary on Boston Globe". Boston Globe. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  12. ^ "Coi Leray & Benzino's Family History & Beef, Explained". HotNewHipHop. May 7, 2021. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  13. ^ "What Happened on 'Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta' Ep. 6?". Vibe. July 24, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  14. ^ "Pains Us to share this about Benzino & Althea Heart". Dallasblack.com. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016.
  15. ^ "REPORTS: Former 'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta' star Benzino pleads guilty in drug case". January 17, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "US rapper Benzino shot at mother's funeral". BBC News. March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  17. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Caught driving uninsured car, Benzino claims "I don't even drive this car"". YouTube.
  18. ^ "Ex-'L&HH' Star Benzino's Arrest Video Shows Full Meltdown". TMZ. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  19. ^ Burns, Asia Simone. "NEW DETAILS: Ex-'Love & Hip Hop' star Benzino arrested in Chateau Elan". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  20. ^ "Ex-'L&HH' Star Benzino Busted for Alleged Property Damage After Jealous Rage".
  21. ^ "Benzino and LAHH's Althea Heart have 'altercation' years after split". April 12, 2022.
  22. ^ "Benzino Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2022.

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