"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Benzino says he has no idea why his nephew shot him ... even though it's very clear the beef between them is strong.
Benzino called into "TMZ Live" to tell us what he claims led up to Saturday's shooting during his mother's funeral procession -- and his explanation was, as they say ... tricky.
The rapper -- and former owner of The Source magazine -- says 7-8 shots were fired and he was hit twice.
We asked if it had anything to do with money issues around his mom's house -- and Benzino more than hints there's some bad blood.
The shooter, Gai Scott, was in court today -- and said he was acting in self-defense.