- Birthday: July 18, 1965
- Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
- Birth name: Raymond Scott
- Net Worth: $12 Million
- Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Salary: $100,000
- Ethnicity: Puerto Rican & Cape Verdean
- Fiance: Althea Heart
- Children: 3, Coi Leray, TAJ
Benzino was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a Cape Verdean mother and a Puerto Rican father. Along with his long time friend, David Mays, Benzino is known for being a principal of the hip hop magazine The Source, which was launched in 1988 as a single-sheet newsletter out of Mays’ Harvard University dorm room. He co-founded the magazine in 1994 and stayed with the company until 2005. During his ownership he used the publication as a press tool for his rap group RSO which he was apart of. He allegedly threatened employees at the magazine to write raving reviews about the group and their music in almost every issue till 2000. That same year Benzino had begun his feud with rapper Eminem. The Source had also begun losing valuable advertisers which eventually led to the publication filing for bankruptcy in 2005.
Benzino has three children who he keeps a close relationship with. He invites his children to the studio with him. His oldest has even collaborated with Stevie J’s son. His son raps while Stevie J’s son produces.
“I like to let them know you gotta get out there in the world and smell, touch, be a part of things. Keep a good balance of everything. Though I let my kids do a lot and experience a lot, I am strict,”
His oldest is his daughter Coi you can follow on instagram. Her real name is Brittany Collins and she lives with her siblings in Philadelphia.
Benzino has earned his net worth through his music and publishing career. Born Raymond Scott on July 18, 1965, in Boston, Massachusetts, US, he is more known for his shady reputation than for his accomplishments. From CelebrityNetWorth.Com
He made his debut on Reality television in season 1 of VH1’s hit series Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. In the second episccode he began a relationship with aspiring artist Karlie Redd. They eventually split but became friends and in season 2 he paid for Karlie’s breasts operation to get her implants fixed giving her $10,000 for the surgery.
Benzino appears to be done with his search for a soulmate. In March on Instagram, he posted the photo of his new girlfriend, Althea Heart, with a ring on her finger, writing, “All my life i’ve been waiting for God to bless me with the stregnth to finally step up and be a MAN!! NO MORE GAMES! I DONT NEED A DATING SHOW!! CAUSE I HAVE FOUND MY ANGEL, I CAN SAY I KNOW WHAT LOVE IS NOW!!” This image was just one of many ring shots he posted to his page. Zino Grigio, we are genuinely happy for you.
It looks like Benzino and Althea have the blessing of several of his Love & Hip Hop co-stars, as there are photos of the couple posing with Stevie J, Joseline, Kirk, Rasheeda, and Traci Steele all over the place — but Benzino is not inviting Karlie Redd to the engagement party any time soon.