The prominent rapper-turned-media mogul is recovering in hospital
In an alarming turn of events, rapper and Hip Hop Weekly CEO Benzino – real name Raymond Scott is suffering a gunshot wound after his nephew fired a gun at him during Scott’s mother’s funeral procession, which was traveling on Route 3 south of Boston. Officials say there had been growing tension between the two.
Benzino and Ray J back in 2011
36-year-old Gai Scott – who was was arrested and charged with assault and intent to murder - pulled alongside and fired several shots into a red SUV driven by Benzino, the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday (April 7) in the Plymouth District Court.
Apparently, Benzino staggered out of the SUV and was taken by a passerby to the Duxbury Police Department and then transferred to a hospital. Hip-Hop Weekly confirmed he was shot in an arm, and his back was grazed by a bullet.
Here is what Benzino’s own Hip Hop Weekly had to say on the matter:
“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 (picture above) are all by his side. More details about this unfortunate incident will be reported here as it develops. #PrayForZino”. You can check out the pics and read the whole thing here.
Benzino made his name in the publishing world with The Source magazine, which, in its pimp, was one of the most popular rap media outlets on the market, laying the groundwork for publications like XXL and Vibe to thrive. He left Source in ’06 and launched Hip-Hop Weekly, which chronicles the lives of urban music stars. He is also famous for his notorious feud with Eminem.