Benzino, of VH1's 'Love & Hip Hop,' The Source, Shot
Benzino -- the rapper, Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta star and former Source co-owner -- has been hospitalized after reportedly being shot at his mother's funeral procession in Duxbury, Mass., Saturday morning.
According to sources cited by WHDH-TV 7News Boston, Benzino (real name: Raymond Scott) was shot at by his nephew, Gai Scott. Scott allegedly pulled up in his Bentley alongside Benzino's Dodge SUV and fired multiple gunshots. Benzino was transported to a nearby hospital.
The 36-year-old Scott was placed under arrest and charged with armed assault with intent to murder. He will be arraigned in Plymouth District Court on Monday, March 31.
Apparently, no one outside the funeral noticed something was wrong until the hearse reached the church and the priest noticed blood on it. According to WHDH, the family claims there had been tension between the two for some time.
The 48-year old Benzino is known throughout the hip-hop world for his time on Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta as well as his time as co-owner of The Source, which included a lengthy public feud with Eminem.
The long-standing beef between Eminem and Benzino dates back to 2002 and the Source's ratings of Eminem's music, with Benzino accusing Eminem of exploiting hip-hop culture. Benzino attacked Eminem on several diss tracks including "Pull Up Your Skirt" and "Die Another Day," and Eminem responded with tracks like "Nail in the Coffin" and "The Sauce."
Benzino was formerly a member of the Boston groups Almighty RSO and Made Men and has released four solo albums, most recently 2007's The Antidote. He is currently the CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly, a hip-hop lifestyle magazine.
Update: A post on Hip-Hop Weekly indicated that the rapper and reality show star is in stable condition at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Mass.:
We all know that Benzino was in Boston to bury his mother and during the funeral procession, he was shot in his arm and grazed by a bullet on his back when his nephew, Gai Scott,(36) opened fire on him from his car, into the car Benzino was driving. Right now, he’s in stable condition now at South Shore hospital in Weymouth MA. His fiance Thi Thi, Stevie J, his partner and long time friend Dave Mays are all by his side. More details about this unfortunate incident will be reported here as it develops. #PrayForZino