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|Full name||Raymond Scott|
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1965-07-18) July 18, 1965 (age 52)|
|Origin||Boston, Mass, United States|
|Profession(s)||producer, record executive, Rapper|
|Record Labels||7th Floor Music, Murder Inc., ZNO Records|
|Worked with||The Almighty RSO, Karlie Redd, Made Men|
Raymond Scott (October 24, 1964) is a rapper known as Benzino . He is the former co-owner of the popular hip hop magazine The Source . At first the rapper resided in Boston, Massachusetts, when he met Dave Mays, the founder of the magazine, visiting Harvard University. From 1988 to 2001, Benzino was a limited partner in the business. However, in 2001, the rapper acknowledged his participation in the publication.
As a rapper, Benzino’s career has been largely unsuccessful, being compared to that of many artists who have appeared in the publication. However, he is also well known for his confrontations with the police and for his disputes with rapper Eminem.
Benzino’s Impact on The Source
Benzino began his musical career in a group called Almighty RSO. He was best known for his anti-police song “One In The Chamba” from the album Forever Doomsday released through Tommy Boy Records. The single and the album were considered controversial because of the tone of the rap group and the open encouragement to assassinate the application of the law. In 1994 the Boston Police and the Fraternal Order of Police forced RSO to abandon the record label. After RSO disbanded, Benzino created a group called Made Men with his former RSO teammates Antonio Twice Thou and Mr. Gzus.
Dave Mays was a friend and manager of the group. Generally and without the consent of editors and shareholders, he often published stories and critiques that highlighted Benzino in The Source. The editors demanded that Benzino and his associates visit the magazine, threaten journalists and steal property. In 1994 and 1999, Mays had severe friction with editors after he included articles about Benzino’s group forcing a majority of the staff to strike as a protest. When the magazine presented its annual awards, Benzino was nominated for awards when his music was rarely heard or seen in the media. In 2001, after an awards gala, he was arrested in a dispute in violation of the law in Miami. When he was arrested by the police, Benzino acknowledged that he was the co-owner of the magazine. It is said that Benzino forcefully managed to reach that position at The Source. In the reviews of the albums, the magazine judges them by “microphones”. It is believed that Benzino was involved in the evaluation of the albums.
After recognizing being the co-owner of the publication, Benzino released a solo album. He signed for Motown Records and released The Benzino Project. Many notable rappers collaborated on his debut album, in addition to Pink. However, the album had few sales and forced Motown to part with him. Tarnished but undeterred, Benzino released his second album under Elektra Records.
Disputes with Eminem
For years, they named Eminem as the future star of the publication. After his album The Marshall Mathers LP was judged with only two “microphones”, although later it was modified to four after the complaints of the readers. Benzino’s group, Made Men, received 4.5 “microphones,” despite not achieving any commercial success. Eminem was offended and addressed the magazine on his next album The Eminem Show.
The situation intensified little by little as time passed. Benzino claimed that Eminem’s success ruined the possibilities of Latino and black rappers to succeed. He also believed that corporations control and support Eminem, which allows him to talk about meaningful issues, while black rappers must rap over materialistic things.
Benzino said that MTV is responsible for the problems of hip hop. He also claims that Jimmy Iovine, the manager of Interscope Records, should take the lion’s share of the blame for raising Eminem to stardom. One of the things that most annoyed Benzino was the lyrics of “Without Me” by The Eminem Show, in which he said: “Although I’m not the first king of the controversy / I’m the worst thing since Elvis Presley / To make the black music so selfishly / And use it to make me rich “(although in the context of the song, it is likely that he was not being serious). Benzino thought that this was the straw that filled the glass.
Before Benzino released his first album, he recorded a “diss” directed to Eminem. In some interviews he has stated that Eminem is a part of the corporate “machine” and this destroys hip hop. When Eminem found out about these comments, he decided to respond. He recorded two songs, “The Sauce” and “Nail in the Coffin,” attacking the credibility of The Source and ruining Benzino’s rap career. He started insulting him personally, and even threatened his daughter and got involved with him in the songs “2003 Vanilla Ice” and “Rap Hitler”.
Eminem decided to take his disputes with Zino to the radio. The DJ Angie Martinez allowed Eminem to express his problems, marking Benzino as “one of the worst rappers in the world”. Benzino phoned later, threatening to confront him if they crossed paths. Elektra Records fired Benzino before he released his second album. His album Redemption sold 14,000 copies, while The Eminem Show sold 20 million.
Benzino has also been subject to scrutiny for using his magazine as a personal promotional platform, in addition to attacking his enemies. In 2003, The Source released some recordings of Eminem in which he referred disparagingly to women and blacks. Eminem apologized for the tapes, but also stated that the vendetta of the magazine against him were the grounds for the allegations. The recordings, made in 1988, were the subject of a rapper’s lawsuit. Eminem sued The Source for infringement of copyright and defamation. Benzino and The Source also published the entire lyric on their website and in the magazine itself, being forced to compensate later with a large sum of money to Eminem and his label Shady Records.
Later Benzino would urge the televisions to ban the video of the single “Just Lose It” by Eminem, in which he laughed at Michael Jackson. The magazine wanted to boycott the rapper. Despite their efforts, BET has been the only chain to ban the video clip. Eminem released the single “Like Toy Soldiers” from the Encore album, in which he asks Benzino to end the disputes. Intrepid, Benzino responded with his single “Look Into My Eyes”, in which he parodies Eminem for scaring the rapper and causing the death of his friend Proof in the video (who, in a case of sad irony, was murdered April 11, 2006).
While visiting a Detroit radio station, magazine founder Dave Mays and Eminem entered into a heated argument that caused Benzino to enter into disputes with the rapper again. This time, his contest also included rappers 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and many others who were associated with Eminem. When Mays was injured after a confrontation with Busta Rhymes, Benzino began to criticize him as well. His problems with Eminem caused irreparable damage to The Source’s credibility.
End of Benzino in The Source
In 2006, the board of directors of The Source voted to officially remove Benzino and Mays from their posts due to their damaging influence on the magazine. Benzino tried to avoid the termination by obtaining a temporary restraining order to prevent losing his position as president. After the restrictive order was lifted, the council fired Benzino and Mays. Former operations officer and editor Jeremy Miller became the president and CEO of The Source. Miller acknowledged that Mays and Benzino are no longer involved in the publication, and promised readers that the disputes with Eminem are officially over. Earlier, admirers and supporters of Eminem believed that Benzino resigned from his position as co-owner of The Source.
Benzino Net Worth – $10 Million
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