Some fun facts about washed up rapper Benzino
Born: July 18, 1965 (age 48), Boston, MA
Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m)
He's about the average height of a woman.
He released four albums and none of them are successful.
Washed up rapper and reality star Raymond "Benzino" Scott was known to shoot off his mouth. He often engaged in this braggadocio about how he's from the "Mean Streets Of Boston".
He was once the co-owner of the hip-hop magazine The Source. He and his partner Dave Mays ran the magazine into the ground. Black Enterprises sacked them over seven years ago. They relaunched Hip-Hop Weekly and continue to blow money fast.
He was the rapper who engaged in a feud with Eminem. Most people never heard of him. They thought of him as a buffoon for taking on a rapper who is pretty much a legend.
The dumb rapper probably pissed off more than Eminem. He spent nearly a decade feuding with him. He claims the feud is "over". But on ocassions, he'll drop diss on Em.
He's pissed off Kim Osario, the former editor of The Source. She successfully sued him and Mays for sexual harassment.
He's pissed off the police. For the numerous run ins for driving without a license and drug charges. Then he would go on television screaming racism.
Benzino pissed off the millions of readers (one being me) who didn't get their subscription in the mail. The Source went through bankruptcy. Those who spent that $24 for a two year subscription weren't given the magazine. They were given the run around. The run around led to its competitors (one being XXL) to take the spot as the number on hip-hop magazine.
|Ja Rule with Benzino in the studio listening to their beats.|
The Associated Press and Huffington Post reports that Benzino was injured after being shot by his nephew on a Massachusetts highway Saturday while riding in a funeral procession for a family member, according authorities and Benzino's hip-hop magazine.
Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, is a cast member of the VH1 reality show "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" and CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly. The magazine confirmed on its website Saturday night that Benzino had been shot.
The 48-year-old Benzino was traveling on Route 3 south of Boston just before noon when 36-year-old Gai Scott pulled alongside and fired several shots into a red SUV driven by Benzino, the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. Officials say there had been growing tension between the two.
Benzino, of Mansfield, Mass., got out of the SUV after being struck and was taken by a passerby to the Duxbury Police Department and then transferred to a hospital.
Hip-Hop Weekly said he was shot in an arm, and his back was grazed by a bullet.
He was listed in good condition, a spokeswoman for South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth said Sunday morning.
The magazine said Benzino was in the area to bury his mother. He was heading to a church in Plymouth at the time of the shooting, the District Attorney's Office said.
Police responding to the scene found the red SUV in the middle of Route 3 with bullet holes and a reddish brown substance believe to be blood inside the vehicle. Officials said shell casings and projectiles also were found at the scene.
Gai Scott, of Randolph, Mass., was taken into custody and charged with assault with intent to murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in the Plymouth District Court.
The "Love & Hip Hop" series is known for its over-the-top drama and fights — making it a ratings success, but also a target for criticism. The fourth season of the show's New York series ended in January. The third season of the Atlanta spinoff debuts in May.