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2/22/2005 5:31:25 AM

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Rapper Raymond ``Benzino'' Scott has never shirked controversy. He seems to thrive on it in much the same way fellow hip-hop artist Eminem does. That may be the only thing these two share. A war of words has been blazing between the two rappers for the last three years, mostly in the form of dis records and underground freestyles.


     Benzino began his music career in the early '90s with the local Boston crew Almighty RSO, a hardcore outfit that put Boston on the hip-hop map, but never hit commercially. Benzino would soon become a household name for different reasons. After he received several flattering features from The Source magazine, it was discovered that Benzino was secretly co-owner of the hip-hop publication. His latest headlines have involved the feuding with Eminem, beginning with the taunting single ``Pull Your Skirt Up.''


     Benzino's new record, ``Arch Nemesis,'' drops today, and it includes yet another Eminem dis titled ``Look Into My Eyes.'' Benzino remains the most prominent and visible Boston hip-hop artist on the scene, despite his recent move to New York.


     Herald: Do you worry that you'll be remembered more for your beef with Eminem than for your music?


     Benzino: If that's the case, then I would hope the issues of the conflict - the state of hip-hop, Interscope Records and the monopolization of hip-hop - become known, then I'm OK with that.


     Herald: Don't you get tired of the constant battling back and forth?



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