(born July 18, 1965) from Boston Massachusetts, better known by hisstage name Benzino
is an American
hip hop media executive, rapper
, and record producer
Along with David Mays, his partner for over 20 years, Benzino is known for being part of the Hip Hop magazine The Source
, which was launched in 1988 as a single sheet newsletter out of Mays’s Harvard University dorm room. Benzino is also known for being involved in a widely publicized feud with rapper Eminem
.Adaso, henry. . About.com
. Retrieved 2010-06-27. He was also a founding member of several rap groups before finally becoming a solo artist.
Music and publishing career
Benzino started his rap career with a group called the The Almighty RSO
. The group was known mainly for their anti-police song "One In The Chamba" from the Forever Doomsday
album released through Tommy Boy Records
. The single and album were considered controversial for the tone of the rap group and the open encouragement of murdering law enforcement. In 1994, The Boston Police and the Fraternal Order of Police union had placed the group on high priority at the time, forcing RSO to be dropped from the label. After RSO broke up, Benzino created a group called Made Men
and went to record with former RSO members Antonio Twice Thou
and Mr. Gzus.
Dave Mays was a friend and manager of the group. Usually without the consent of editors and shareholders, he would... Read More