As a former member of Made Men and Almighty RSO, Benzino has dominated hip hop as a musician.
However the rapper's role extends beyond this: helping to found The Source in a university dorm room back in 1988, Benzino helped tale the publication to global renown before departing in 2005.
Tragically, Boston TV channel WHDH-TV reports that Benzino was rushed to hospital on Saturday (March 29th) following a drive-by shooting incident which took place as the rapper returned from his mother's funeral.
According to reports, the rapper's nephew Gai Scott has been arrested and charged with armed assault and attempt to murder.
Remaining in hospital, Benzino's family and friends are said to be maintaining a bedside vigil.