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Archive for August, 2010

I want that #5 Nixie Watch

Mindblown…

I like watches, I have my share of Gshocks…I have the big face casual watch, I have the detailed see through watch that shows the gears and what not, I even have the suave black tie affair watch…but this. This is crazy. All I know is I want one.

The Nixie wont display the time until you tilt the watch to a predetermined angle.

Here is a vid of the Apple guy, Wozniak and his Nixie…

Pretty slick find, I have to credit one of my “brothers” for putting me on…so I put you on!

Peace.


Out in Westchester, NY

I went to link up with my homie Omid G. He is a talented producer, I took a trip out to Westchester to chop it up with him and record some new nuggets.

Omid in his lab.

Rob stopped thru...

Out of all of Omid's gadgets...this was the coolest to me.

We recorded and talked about the game…life…music. It was a dope session. I’d definitely go back…matter fact I have to go back because I left my headphones in his booth!!! Its a cool drive anyways, alot of scenic views. Brendon took video of the whole session, I just have to edit it. I will post that soon. Westchester is a nice ride though, its just harder when you get back to the city…

4pm...somewhere around 179th.

9:30...Chilltown, NJ

Video of the session and a sneak preview of the Omid G produced track featuring me, “We take what we want” coming soon!


Vintage Ben Famous #2

It’s time to revisit classic moments from my maturation as an MC…

If I keep it real with anyone, I keep it real with myself…I know when I first began my rap career i was easily influenced. I was just nice, real talented at an early age. These young rappers now couldn’t fuck wit “Lil’ Me”. I was too advanced, at the same time I was doin and talkin about things  that I dont naturally stand for. Yet and still, regardless of the content…these songs are monster…so I’m gonna share’em wit yall.

Endangered MC’s

“Heaven” prod. by D Hype and P (2003) *This song was #1 on soundclick’s Rap Charts for 3 weeks in August of 2003.

“Click Clack” prod. by D Hype and P (2003) *This song was #1 on soundclicks’s Rap charts for 5 weeks from June to July of 2003.

“Hustler” prod. by Dirty Kleen (2002) *The Steel Curtain consisted of Me(F.A.M.E.), BizQuit & Dirty Kleen.  This song gained so much buzz at our college that we got seriously PAID to open for Cam’ron and the Diplomats at Frostburg State University in Maryland. After that we released a short EP…soon we disbanded and went our separate ways musically, although we remain friends and Brothers.

I have hundreds more songs that come from early in my career, I’l share them with you guys periodically. I feel like now I’m in the greatest shape of my life lyrically…I just had to grow through all these zones. A lot of rappers still stuck in these zones…i evolved and grew.

Megatron Bombs coming soon.


Dear Rapper #3 Stop hating…

Jersey City, NJ

Hating is getting played out. Actually its corny. If you can position yourself to wonder about someone elses success and how it is possible…then you can focus that same energy on yourself. That’s where it needs to be if you gonna make it out here, trust me these labels ain’t in no hurry to pay you to be good at rap. Game dont work like that. Make yourself…anyways, let me continue…

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at shows and showcases(fuckery) full of rapperers and a small amount of listeners, (backwards I know) who only have energy for their friends and associates. When the other artists that they are not aware of perform, they give half hearted claps or talk over the performance, without even giving the person a chance.

I can understand the mindset, because I HAVE IT. The only difference is that, “I am not a hater.”

By respecting everyones music, you respect yourself. The biggest hurdle for any unsigned artist (if you want to be signed) is attracting that initial attention. Noone likes to be the first person to show up at a party, so you have to understand that these trendy neo hipsters will never be your “first” fan. Until someone else cosigns you or until someone becomes your fan first, they will pretend to be aloof to how dope your sound may be. This is life homey…don’t try to compensate by adopting that mind state. (I deal with it by collecting listeners, who later on become fans. Shooting for fans right away is hard, cus people dont have their own mind…they need to be told or shown what to like…thats why I love my listeners…and my readers!)

Hopefully, in the future you will be on tour and you will have to coexist with a number of artists, all diverse and from different genres…if thats the case, do you think its gonna be cool to front on them when their fans are bleeding over to your fanbase?

Nah…

So take it from someone who has performed at many Soho dives and underground “secret” cool places, that are supposed to be cutting edge. Its better to be cool than be a hater…

I remember performing at Sputnick in Brooklyn, and a certain skinny jean advocate saw me backstage and gave me the “what are you doing here” face…(with me its always an issue cus people know my music, and they know me. They just never know how I end up where they are, cus in their world, I aint supposed to be up on that…Bitch, I’m me!!…you gon’ learn)…I responded with the “I’ll slap the shit out of you face” AND STILL…extended my hand and offered peace and a good luck wish…thats how I roll. Hate is bad for the system.

As I performed dude tried his best to ignore my set in his attempt to be “cooler”..until the end where the audience response was undeniable and he had to clap like everyone else. Hypocrite…smh, don’t be that guy. Be your own person…stop hating and enjoy hip hop…if a dude is wack, let him rap. Me and a certain tastemaker have been known to chant “Let him rap!” belligerently at shows…everyone deserves their shine if they have the balls to step on stage…they may not get a second chance so let’em have their moment. Aight?…cool.

One time this rapper(not rapperer) said “I buy CD’s cus of Rap Karma…if I buy they shit…people gonna buy mine. If I’m willin to listen, I know people gonna listen to me.” I agree wit that idea to this day, especially if I have the patience to listen….I have been reapin the benefits of that because every time I check my numbers…I got a new listener every day. Thats love, not hate.

Peace.


Shades @ Night is on Itunes!!!!

Shades @ Night makes it to itunes!!!

Download now!!! >> Shades @ Night

This is truly a huge moment! My first commercially available record! Shades @ Night is a P. Rahk production, I remember when he sent me the beat catalogue, I was like “That one!!!!”. I went into the lab and with the help of Ted Clayton I made this very powerful song! One of the standouts from the Hard+Work Album, this song is one of many bangers waiting to shine!!!!

To everyone who downloads and leaves a review on the itunes page, I have a Hi Res graphic for the song waiting for you. Just hit me up @MrBenFamous and let me know…I’ll email you right away!!!

Download now!!! >> Shades @ Night


Cereal for Dinner!!!

This is a monster record!

The title track from the highly anticipated Mixtape “Cereal for Dinner”. Sadly, due to creative differences and delays this mixtape may never happen. However, this track is still here to remind you of the potential!

Probably one of my favorite songs to perform, its sad that this record may never see the light of day commercially due to issues with getting the instrumental cleared by the producer. This is like the milestone in my rap catalogue, since its when I began the Ben Famous transition. I love this track, in the right system its not even fair! Produced by Jicly on an MPC, this beat is dank with dark keys. Watch for the baseline…and the hook. Pow!


I want that #4 Neo Geo

$700...thats mad loot to make on a paper route.

If you ar an O.G. gamer like me you remember this…

I was like, 9 or 10 years old droolin’ on the display case in the Electronics Boutique all the way in the back corner of the mall. I remember playin Art of Fighting at the bowling alley and spending all my pocket money trying to beat the first dude (I was a kid, that game was waaay harder than Street Fighter).

Me and my friends would always talk about how crazy NEO GEO games were. When this became a home console, we all went crazy! That is, until we saw the pricetag.

The Neo Geo home system started at $700 and each game was $250.

No way I was getting it. I still remember all the dope games for it though:

King of the Monsters

Samurai Showdown

Best baseball game ever...Baseball Stars

I must have craved this thing for like 3 years and then Genesis came out. It was affordable on a birthday present budget so I got the hookup. It’s only now as an adult that I realize how dope NEO GEO was. I just don’t know why the price had to be so disrespectful…I mean STILL IS disrespectful.

not as disrespectful as this ad for the home system though:

Neo Geo Ad 1992 (NH..lol)


What is Megatron Bombs?

Powerful Weapon in the right hands...

Metaphorically speakin’, its my secret weapon. Its how Im gonna set myself apart from these cookie cut rapperers*. Hip Hop is crowding “Rap” off the shelves…Hip Hop is flexible, no boundaries. But when you have no boundaries, a lot of bullshit seeps through and thats what is being mass produced today.

Rap music is strict….its like how Latin is the strictest form of any language. So Rap is the strictest form of music lyrically…I think music started as Hip Hop, changed into rap and changed back into Hip Hop. The only difference is that Hip Hop is owned now and Rap is still free.

Megatrons Bombs is a Rap album…so like, when you look at the Genre in your itunes…it might say “Genius Composition/Rap” check some of the songs you downloaded from this site already, the Genre def ain’t Hip Hop. I got nothing against Hip Hop, certain shit I can “Get jiggy wit” (c) Will Smith (Made Famous by Nia Haqq).  I love Hip Hop, I’m just managing your expectations with this…MEGATRON BOMBS IS A RAP ALBUM.

Hopefully its the FIRST TOTAL RAP ALBUM of the year…I’m gonna let these other rapperers* sing and harmonize and shit. Thats not what I’m about fam (insert straight face here)…I flow nice and I try to rival the drums for dominance on a track. Thats how I approach rhyming. Thats what Megatron Bombs is going to sound like. A raw rap album with sick beats and ridiculous rhyme patterns. I’m like a gymnast, but to judge my routine, you just gotta observe and understand what you lookin at when it comes to my rhymes. These other guys hide their lack of content behind flashy visuals or sing songy melodies that distract you from the truth. Hip Hop is packaged pop, pushed under a different Genre. I don’t make pop music. I rap.

So to kill all confusion, Megatron Bombs is a RAP ALBUM…prepare to hear some rap! The A&R’s at GDM made me post this. They feel like my audience needs clarification on what type of music I make. For the record, I never doubted you guys. Not even once.

*Rapperer (n) – A person who is more of a jester than a poet. A rapper who lacks natural ability and content.


Hard+Work reaches 50,000 Downloads!

Hard+Work (c) GDM Worldwide 2008-2010

According to my web Hostings ping, hit and traffic counter. The downloadable file for my Dual Experience Album entitled “Hard+Work” has been downloaded 50,000 times as of 2:35pm today.

Hard+Work first released in August of 2008, never received any commercial blog support. Robby Wells greatly assisted by getting the first single “Shades @ Night” recognition by placing my video for the song on the Myspace Home Page. Beyond that, it has been groundwork, Tastemaker Radio Show appearances and plain word of mouth that made this album an underground success. I could go on all day about the great people that made this possible, but I packaged those mentions inside the Hard+Work download. Fully designed imagery for every song is accompanied by liner notes and thank you’s to everyone involved. Check it out, by hitting the download at the bottom.

First off, I want to say I’m extremely grateful that you care about the music I make and felt the need to own it and make it yours. I want to thank everyone who shared it and spread the word, as well as all the mega talented artists that help make it possible. From the producers to the features it was extremely fun and life-changing. I hope Megatron Bombs can achieve similar success as I venture to create my first full length Album for purchase on the immediate market. Thank you guys. I’m humbled man, that’s all i can say. Sometimes you wanna give up and kick back and enjoy life, but when you see people appreciating your art, it motivates you to start again.

Peace, Love.

Download Hard+Work

update!! Plans for a digitally remastered version of “Shades @ Night” and an exclusive Hi res Download of the accompanying art will be made available via I tunes soon. Keep checking in, its coming quick!


Ben Famous Radio #2 Plant the Seeds

“Plant the Seeds” prod. by Jape the Buddah Monk

The Infamous highly anticipated Jape Tape...one day we will get it

I’ve been recording over Jape’s beats for a while…he always sends me something classic and worth writing to. Alot of producers give you their “leftovers” or their “throwaways”. To them its a fair exchange, you get a free beat and they give away a beat that didnt get purchased in hopes to hear what you create, because in all actuality, they like your music.

To me, that whole idea is ass.

I mean thats like someone feeding you expired food…it cant be sold, but someone still eats it. Honestly, “Im off that.”  (c) Sean Carter

If you saw my twitter rant, I’m not the guy who tolerates that treatment. I don’t want to rhyme on your unfinished or so-so beats. This is art, why would you put out anything less than your best?

Enter, Jape…dude balances his military duties alongside his passion for production and he has been sending me bangers for seasons. This particlular track is called “Plant the Seeds”. Its dramatic, but gives you the cliffhanger effect, as it never seems to fully drop. The track bleeds anticipation. I made sure the flow was intact and precise for this one. It was recorded on Phillip Glass’ equipment during one of my “secret sessions” after the completion of Hard+Work. I always felt like the record never got a proper release. So here it is in its entirety.

Download via UserShare – Plant the Seeds


I want that #3

Inception Dream Machine

If you saw Inception you know what this is. Its a machine that sedates the user and allows that person to Lucid Dream. A Lucid Dream is a semi conscious state where you dream but you are “awake” in the dream. I dream all the time but I rarely remember whats happening in my dreams for the most part, I only remember those extra crazy dreams. If I could experience my dreams more fully, it would be like the craziest virtual reality experience. Keyword being “crazy”, cus I’m sure playing around in your head like that could mess you up some sorta way.

I know this machine is not real but back in the day I used to read my brothers PlayBoy magazines (for the articles) and they would always advertise this device called the Nova Dreamer. It was a device that covered your eyes while you sleep and if you started dreaming it would flash red lights into your eyelids. This would make you “wake up” in your dream. Then you were free to Lucid Dream until reality sets back in (you wake up for real).

Nova Dreamer $500 bucks to own your dreams

After seeing Inception I remembered the Nova Dreamer and how they would tell you in the instructions on the side of the page that you need to visualize a symbol that will always appear to alert you that you are dreaming. Thats very similar to the “totem” used in Inception. I wonder if Nova Dreamers are still on sale somewhere. Im gonna have to look around. It cost $500 beans and thats a nice chunk…so it better be some kind of refund system if the thing don’t work, cus I wanna Dream of a Million, literally. Ha!

Regardless, if you ever wanted to know how the Inception Dream Machine works…here is a diagram that can help.

Dream Machine Breakdown

“CEO dreams…” (c) Ben Famous


Behind the Scenes with Toast for Megatron Bombs’ Artwork

Bomb n. “To bomb or hit is to paint many surfaces in an area. Bombers often choose throw-ups or tags over complex pieces, as they can be executed quickly.”

I recently linked up with Jersey Graff artist “Toast” for some visuals for Megatron Bombs. For my last album, I was control freakish to the point where I even designed all the artwork.This time around I want to take that risk and let go, allowing others to contribute to this new project. Toast is a friend of mine and true school graff artist. He’s the type to hop a fence and crack his book bag open just to “get up” on a freshly painted wall. Dude is rugged like that. So I asked him to “Bomb” on my album cover. He thought the idea was dope and began drawing sketches. Here is some footage from his bomb session.

Megatron Bombs is a play on words, because Megatron has a meaning and so does the Bomb. Try and put it together. Watch the video to the end for a glimpse of where the artwork is going. As usual the HD version can be seen on my Vimeo Account.


Dear Rapper #2 Get your own gear…

I think the most important lesson I have learned in this music life, its that you need your own equipment. You can spend a lot of time and money trying to record in a professional studio somewhere and enjoy the benefits of blunt smoke, liquor drinking and women making you feel like a real “rap star” but in the end you suffer the consequence of a big bill and little to show for it.

Nice lab right? Can you say $2500 a session? Are you Celine Dion...No? I thought so.

I have a formula for the studio. I already have the songs Im recording rehearsed and arranged. I have the beat tracked out in Pro Tools so I can mix during the session. I write down notes and mark where i want certain effects and additions…most of all i show up on time. Thats just how I work. Ive been blessed to record in several Major Studios (That I wont name to protect the interests of those who snuck me in, lol). Mainly what Im saying is, I treat the studio with respect. Its expensive but necessary so Im not going to waste time. In this respect time really IS money. I always(most of the time) leave the session satisfied because I was prepared.

But there is a grey area…

The engineer may not have the proper plugins…or the gear might act up, there may be someone already there going in over your time, might even be a situation where the engineer is late and he fucks up your hustle. I mean, if you like me, you have places to be at specific times…I HATE WAITING. Regardless, the inconvenience ends up with you paying for something and not getting exactly what you want.

Thats why you need your own gear.

Dont get me wrong…A home recording, no matter how well set up, is never going to match the fidelity that a true recording studio with the proper soundproofing treatments can provide. But you can get muF*ckin close if you have the skill! You can also get your game tight for free! Instead of stumbling over verses or rushing your punchlines because you are trying to beat the clock, you can relax and focus on your performance. Now I’m not gonna sit here and tell you how to rap, I’m just trying to motivate you to save some of that recording budget you accumulated from moonlighting and grinding, and put it to good use. When you get your own gear, you can record when you want and at the pace you want. This is only gonna make you a better artist. When it’s time for the big test and you step into that Pro Studio, you will feel at home and ready. I just hope you nice…no studio can fix wackness my dude.

Pretty much what I'm trying to get my lab like. I want a booth though.

What I have at my own secret lair so far:

Shure Sm27-LC

Pro Tools 8

M-Audio BX8 Speakers

MacBook Pro

Mogami Cables

Partial Soundproofing on opposing walls and above mic


Vintage Ben Famous #1

"In Stereo" (circa 2006) My first Full Length Physical Release

In Stereo was my first Physical release…Me and The Great Michael Muchioki sat in my living room with a printer and two laptops. We took the spool of Sony CD-r’s we bought from Walgreens and split them down the middle. We then burned 150 CD’s. We then printed CD labels and booklets…even a tray card. After going online and hiring writers from Craiglist we went on an underground tour and sold almost all the CD’s while Marketing it anyway we knew how. I set up a digital store via Myspace at the time and sold all the remaining discs. That was a big deal then…before blogs and cosigns were huge. We were on the grind. The majority of fans I have now are supporters from this LP. Sometimes I wonder where the discs are from time to time. I’ve been wondering who is still playing some of the realest songs I ever wrote…then someone sent me this picture:

I know alot of you may not be familiar with In Stereo…so Im gonna give you a taste. Its not mixed professionally like my music is now, but its some of the best beats and lyrics I ever used. Cmon man! Dreamin of a Million Pt 1 is on this album! Peep a few of the tracks below.

My Story prod. by Jicly for LOJ Ent.

Live a Little prod. by Phreeze Phrame

Lone Gunman prod. by Twitch

Pimp Stroll prod. by Ace (originally for Wale but he passed on the beat)

No more physical copies of In Stereo remain, but it is set up for an Itunes re-release. If you want a copy sooner than later hit me up in the comments (which are usually closed) to request a copy. I will email you and explain how you can buy in advance.


The meaning of the “Power” video

I know you have listened to all types of explanations for Kanye’s “Power” painting, people claiming Illuminati references out of ignorance and others calling it a visual representation of his ascension to greatness. Both are incorrect in reality. The meaning behind Kanye’s video has a much deeper explanation than todays current infatuation with claiming “anyone who experiences success is in a secret society”. I personally am in a secret order, a “brotherhood” so to speak. I have been apart of secret rituals and all types of ceremonies that can easily be misinterpreted by the common folk. So to clear up this issue and save you the embarrassment of saying something cliche and dumb when you have your daily “hip hop” debate, I will explain the imagery in the “Power Video”.

Richard Westall's Sword of Damocles, 1812

The story of the Sword of Damocles revolves around a common mans desire to be great. Damocles believed that, as a great man of power and authority, Dionysius was truly fortunate. Dionysius offered to switch places with Damocles for a day, so he could taste first hand that fortune. In the evening a banquet was held where Damocles very much enjoyed being waited upon like a king. Only at the end of the meal did he look up and notice a sharpened sword hanging directly above his head by a single horse-hair. Immediately, he lost all taste for the pleasures of his Kingly internship, saying he no longer wanted to be so fortunate.

This illustrates how a man of power always has the fear of being dethroned, harmed, killed or in Kanye’s situation removed from relevance. The sword hanging above his head represents the impending danger that is inevitably coming to anyone in a positon of power. This explains not only the imagery in Kanye’s video but also the title of the song…”Power”.

Notice how Kanye’s video(moving painting) parallels with the story of Damocles.

Understanding all this, you should have a greater appreciation for the vid for power. The lyrics however dont really touch on the internal meaning as much as the images do. However, it does deal with the overall theme. I met Kanye once at the 40/40 and me being me, I stepped to dude and extended my hand and spoke with authority to him about music and life. I’ll never forget the look on his face…it was like “Who are you? & Why do you seem at ease around me…Why arent you nervous?” Maybe he was afraid of me…maybe he thought i meant him some kind of harm or I was a threat. This is all central to “Power”.

So…now you guys can relay this story to your peers and tell them your friendly neighborhood Secret Society member put you on. Just dont think I walk around wearing hoods and performing ceremonies on some “Eyes Wide Shut” type ish. I’d rather play Super Street Fighter 4 or figure out more ways to put secret messages into my rhymes. Ha Ha. Megatron Bombs. lol…you soooooo dont get it.

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” (c) Shakespeare


I want that #2

Orisue Premium T

Im a big streetwear addict, I collect Black T’s from all types of obscure companies, but I have a limit as to what i accept as “Fresh”. Just because you see it on some neo-hipsters in Soho doesnt make the prospective gear you have been eyeballing through a glass window worth the cash you will have to spend on it! I prefer to set trends instead of follow them anyways.

As far as brands I support outside of my own, Orisue is definitely one of them. The Premium T caught my eye a few weeks back and when I pulled the trigger to purchase it (I dont like buying things online, sometims I gotta force myself), it was sold out in my size. I dont wear schmedium shirts fam, so Ill be waiting until they release some more XL’s.

The styling looks governement issue, very military Black Ops in my opinion. I dig the font choices and how balanced the overall design is. The shirt is appropriate for more than just chillin or skating in…which is what the Orisue brand is intended to cater to. This design has a little more dignity and a regal flair. I just wish they got unnecessarily creative with the names of their T’s like how BBC or Triumvir do it.

Either way, I want the Orisue “Premium” T shirt….in my size of course.


Red Tape: Dreamin of a Million PT 2! Gotta clear this record!!!

Dreamin of A Million PT 2

I spend alot of time looking for inspiration. One of the blogs I hit up consistently for design and music inspiration led me to a somewhat unknown artist named Washed Out (Ernest Greene). This dude produced this crazy lo-fi single called “Feel it all Around” that has been getting great reviews.

Needless to say, when I heard it, I instantly started flowing. I had major ideas. This inspiration led to me creating one of the first tracks I intended for Megatron Bombs. “Dreaming of a Million Pt 2”. As the song began to heat up, my bruh A.J. Showtime caught on to it and began spinning the record on his highly rated radio show on Baltimores 92Q called Rap Attack.

We began to discuss BDS and recognition, but the problem remained…I need to clear the use of this record with Washed Out and the label this song was released under, Mexican Summer. I’ve hit up Ernest directly but got no response via his twitter. Im not gonna give up, Megatron Bombs needs this track. I killed this beat. I may even add another verse.

Regardless its a dope track and if it never sees the light of day commercially, you can hear it here.


Ben Famous Radio #1

This is the section where I will post Artists “I LISTEN TO PERSONALLY” first up we have my guy BizQuit!

BizQuit of The Steel Curtain

Son is real nice with the bars, I think the best thing about him is his passion and the fact that he’s willing to rhyme real sh*t. Down bottom you can stream and download one of his illest tracks “Drink alot of ‘Gnac”.

See HD Video of Biz freestyling here.

usershare download – Drink Alot of Gnac


Dear rapper #1

Fact: Self sufficiency is your friend.

People dont want to solicit the idea of “amateur”. It doesn’t interest them like it used to. Now we have everything at the touch of a finger, via mobile phones, twitter, facebook and the like. Your potential listener has been spammed by so many “up and coming” “all new” rappers and singers its crazy. They dont have time for it anymore. They would rather tweet endlessly to an ocean of eyes than spend 45 seconds waiting for some unknowns myspace page to load up. The reason artists pop out of nowhereville and fill your unsigned hungry ego with “fan envy” is because they are already packaged. Regardless of how nice an artist is or how well they put a song together, its easier to gain a fan when you present them with something fan worthy.

So please….rethink your demo, how its mastered and how you market it. Im not sure if guys want to accept your 1 sleeve jewel case with a CD-R inside over some dude who is on Itunes with a trailer for his mixtape. We know the blog game is tainted and we know that insiders are pushing some of these new guys on you as self made, when in actuality they are designed by a hidden label. Its this idea that gives you your power back.

So go in the lab, pay for some quality beats and mixing, pay for a video and lobby to every media outlet you can.

or..DO IT YOURSELF, GRIND!!!

I prefer to do it myself, but I have an interesting skill set that you will come to know. Either way, get it done. No complaining…keep pushing.

p.s. then again…there is always the cosign.


I want that! #1

Welcome to “I want that”. This is where I will be posting my impulse buy obsessions!

Super Sideviews…I love how they have the shades on the side, that way you can block peripheral haters! hhahahah!

Seriously though, they have scratch resistant Carl Zeiss lenses a la Sony Cameras and Camcorders. They fit your face too. Alot of people have the Jersey Shore syndrome when it comes to shades, they either too big for your face or too knock off to be in good taste!

Remember…I put you on!


Behind the Scenes:Ben Famous “No Apologies” prod by KQuick


Behind the Scenes footage of “No Apologies” produced by KQuick.

Not only did KQuick produce this beat before my eyes at lightspeed, he sang the hook too. Working with dude was very easy. He is truly creative. Look out for more from us. The idea of the song kind of just popped in my head as the beat began to build. Its about the power to be creative and great no matter what anyone says…No apologies for being the shit. haha. Enjoy. If you want the HD version, hit my Vimeo Account.

Download or Listen below.

Usershare – No Apologies


Need a Map?


I know you probably wonder why your favorite rappers album never comes out…

The further you get in this game you hear 10 reasons why you can’t get on for every 1 idea on how you can. It seems the mindstate in entertainment is defeatist. You gotta navigate that sh*t, otherwise you gon’ fade like bootleg polo stripes. The first box on the flow chart should be Motivation. Once you get that, alot of the obstacles don’t seem that big. That is considering you actually have that motivation. If you like sleep and chillin, rap aint the game for you. Most of the time you busy explaining why you busy…to people who wouldn’t care if you wasn’t busy in the first place.

“The game rigged but I defy the odds” (c) Ben Famous


We dont try, we fly

The first leak off of Megatron Bombs. Im not sure how it surfaced on twitter but I saw this crazy tweet in my timeline from one of my random followers (who’s identity has been protected, lol).

I clicked the link to see what it was, it was a reference version to “Fly”. Like one verse and they let the beat ride for like 30 seconds. Everyone hit me up like, “Yo what the hell was that intro about?”. The reference lacked the Transformers samples…so it sounds random. When the Mixtape drops all the songs will have the samples mixed in so it will make alot more sense. I promise.

I still dont know who set up the usershare page with the link, but shortly after that I designed an image to go with the track and I posted my own link with the full song (minus the Transformers samples). The joint is produced by Rahk of The Winners Circle, he produced Shades @ Night from the Hard+Work LP.

This is a real personal song despite the bangin track. You may have to study it, to catch everything Im getting at.


What’s in a Name?

F.A.M.E. or Ben Famous?

Everybody has been asking me:

“Whats up with Ben Famous? What happened to F.A.M.E.? You on some prince sh*t?”

Nah, its not even like that joe. (-_- )

Im just on another level. See F.A.M.E. ain’t nothin new, I been doin this since 2001 and I dont see myself quittin or stoppin, I see myself evolving. I released a gang of projects as F.A.M.E. and I’m proud of that music. Ben Famous is an entirely different animal, he is more about smashing beats. Its no disrespect to my fans who really like F.A.M.E. and what that music represents, its a way of bringing those people closer to who I really am. Im giving you access to my real feelings and real opinions now.

I dont have the same mindset as F.A.M.E. anymore, but I’m still the sole controller of those skills…cus I “been” F.A.M.E.

This is what led me to Ben Famous. I can get iller, I have less concern about the commercial aspect. This is more personal. Im headed down the rabbit hole.