Ray Benzino was trying to collaborate with Young Dolph when he learned of his tragic murder. Dolph was shot in his hometown of Memphis. He was trying to deliver Thanksgiving turkeys to people in his old neighborhood as a way to give back.

Benzino talked to Shawn Prez for VladTV about Dolph‘s murder. He shared his feelings on the state of rap. He had plenty to say about social media and the very different world young people grow up in.

“I was like, ‘I wonder if he would do that?’ His engineer sent him a couple of my dracks. He was like, ‘Dam ‘Zino, this is you still?’ I said ‘I still got it…’

A friend of mine in Memphis was trying to get us together. When I seen what happened, I was just like, ‘Ah, man.’ My son was the first one to call me… I had COVID at the time. I caught COVID, so I was at the crib…

We felt it so many times growing up… When I heard it, I just was disappointed because I really was a fan of hus music, but also, it just made me really see this transition of the streets, social media, bloggers. This sh*t is all out of control now.”

Benzino said being a rapper is one of the most dangerous professions there is. He believes Dolph was tired of his beef. He said huge generational divides make it more difficult to mentor younger rappers.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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