The second studio album is here. All new focus, same lyricism, same love for the art. Thanks for listening. Available on all digital retailers!!
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Bars. I’m alive and #ThePromise is coming soon. Something to hold you over, I know you’ve been patient.
New music produced by DJ Priority. Inspired by 90’s arcade culture. Those were the days fam, put your quarter up and wait your turn. No cheese and stay on your side. Those were the days. Ha!
These videos are from two panels I attended while at the A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had.
A five day festival with almost zero police presence. Just 24 hours of hip hop and knowledge all the time.
You wouldn’t believe how many artists I met on a person to person basis. The vibe was so relaxed and everyone was so accessible. I made a lot of friends in the game and I learned a lot. I will definitely be going back next year.
Above are two clips I actually captured when I wasn’t busy living the situation. There were moments I did not film because I’m just not walking around with my phone out to film…I was literally soaking in the vibe and enjoying every second of this. The clips are of Cardo talking about how he produced “Seen it All” for Jeezy and the events surrounding that. The second video is 9th Wonder being recorded live on an episode of the Combat Jack Show. Both are crazy you had the to be there moments.
Check out the videos and share them as much as you like. Peace.
As a collector this brings back too much nostalgia. I remember getting my Sega Genesis for my birthday and playing Sonic the Hedgehog until I got a migraine. No saving, you had to win or start from the beginning. LOL. Those were the days man. As a lover of Transformers, obviously this it too much to handle.
You can pick this up @ Big Bad Toy Store here: http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=SNT10053&mode=retail
It comes in stone gray and I guess you have to paint him yourself. Seems worth the effort if you are a real collector. Just a great idea and an awesome way to combine childhood memories. Gnna snap this up for my new studio and hopefully post some pics later. Been working on the new tape diligently. Give me time yall.
Remix before I even dropped the original…I’m about to start heating up.
A freestyle about this one night I was hangin’ with my man 50 grand…Mike. #TBT
New cut from Ben Famous called “Biggest Fan” produced by Clams Casino. You may have heard of Clammy Clams, the Jersey native has produced for A$AP Rocky and Lil B to name a few.
The instrumental can be found on Clammy’s Instrumental Mixtape Vol. 3 available here. This track will be featured on a new free EP by Ben Famous set to be released in the near future.
Please listen, enjoy and share.
Dedicated to young urban youth everywhere.
RIP Trayvon and so many others like you. You will live forever.
“Dreaming of a Million pt. 2”
Dir. by Ed Jansen
The lead record to my Sophomore album Megatron Bombs, “Dreaming…” features modern synths and liquid production from Washed Out. We went for a tour around NJ/NY to reconnect with the ambition and hunger that started it all.
Please enjoy and share.
This past weekend I got the pleasure of making myself comfortable at Stadium Red Studio. My dude K Quick had an event for one of his Grand Staff artists named KepStar, it was a great event and I learned alot, here are a few pics from the listening session.
Much love to Grand Staff.
Ted Clayton. Ben Famous. Harvest Works NYC, 2013
I know, I know…everyone has an opinion. I know, I know…music is changing.
I know, I know…you’re supposed to be a certain age. I know,I know…you need to sound more like him to be relevant.
I know….I just dont care.
Rap music was always about self expression and more than anything the narrative behind your journey. If there is anything people respect its hard work and dedication (copyright Money Team lol). If you love music and are truly dedicated to this journey keep creating. I go against the grain on most things and thats what makes me unique, I also go against the grain when it comes to the age issue.
Case in point: Pusha T says in a recent record that he is 36. Thats a revelation considering that it has become the norm for rappers to lie about their age and profess to be younger to “seem” more appealing or in tune with the hip hop generation. Lmao! The hip hop generation is timeless, thats why Pusha is regarded so highly he could care less what you think about him…check Wrath of Caine mixtape he has a song about it, ha!
See the real truth at hand is the neverending question. Do you love this? Love is a strong word and shouldn’t be taken lightly. I know alot of heads who “like” to rap but that doesn’t mean they love it. You may “like” making songs and the attention it brings when you mention whatever project you been working on, but if you love this…it’s in your bloodstream. You can’t hide it and truth be told you shouldn’t want to.
So grab your rhyme books and turn off the tv and the radio…focus on being yourself and being creative, that’s what the game needs man. We don’t need any clones…just be you. If you can tune in to your zone and create something special and fearlessly share it with the world regardless of what people may say or think about it, your a rebel and a true artist. Be that.
Just don’t forget to ask yourself that question first…”Do I love this?”
I love this. Amen.
This is how I write songs…I let my subconcious do it. This is something new I’m working on.
This video is entitled “The Practice”. I posted a rough edit earlier, this is the final vision. I was called in as the Cinematographer at first but I went on to edit the entire video and provide the special effects and title design at the end. I’m very busy over here trying to make this Art Director MC thing a reality. Megatron Bombs is on the way. We finally finished the track listing, now we are mixing and improving. When we get a release date I’ll let you know.
Welcome to 2011. A time when everyone is a genius. We are in the land of the “know it alls” and the “do it yourself’ers”…
Basically, its hard to impress people. I began my rap career solely on the foundation that I was…“impressive”. I can freestyle with a consistency that sounds written, I’m blessed with a sharp mind that allows me to do that. I can control my vocals and “1 take” in the studio, this was a necessity, I mean studio time is expensive…get it right and get out of the booth, right? I have no fear of crowds so my stage performance is live, I get people loose and eventually bring them in so that they become apart of the show.
These were qualities that used to impress people…way back in 2001 when I started recording seriously. Now, different things impress rap fans. It’s not necessary to get on a soap box about how music has changed and start blabbing my opinions on what “nice” is, and how wack shit gets a ton of press and attention, and about how brainwashed people are becoming…The point I am trying to get at is…
“Trying to impress people with your talent isn’t going to help you on this journey anymore.”
Wierd right? I mean, thats why I love to rhyme. I just wanted to show everyone how good I was at it. It was supposed to be that simple. Things are more complicated now. You have people who live to critique. They don’t go out on a mission of discovery and wonder, when it comes to listening to artists music or seeing them perform. Instead, they are watching and waiting for you to show your inevitable humanity. They want to see you fail, then they can blog about it and share the fuck ups with their friends via social network all the while bragging about how they know what real talent is. Welcome to 2011.
This is the future and if you intend on taking your design, brand, skill, style or whatever, onward into the future you have to make sure you never become obsolete. Otherwise you are useless and useless artists starve.
So what is an MC to do?
I recommend being yourself.
Strange? I know. I just gave you a rundown of how traditional skills don’t impress people, and here I am telling you to stay with those traditional skills…Stay with me, I’m about to make a point.
You’re talent is eternal and if you have a good voice and an ill flow. You most likely are a good rapper. There is nothing wrong with your gift, its your mindset thats going to decide whether or not…you still function. See when you are a talented artist, most of your motivation comes from those around you and their encouragement. It’s their belief in you that can put the battery in your back, and help you grind. When the people around you change, and they will, that motivation may disappear and you get fewer and fewer people pushing you. This is when an artist can “fall off”. The environment of music and media is colder now, less people want to give you a chance, less people want to discover you, less people will OFFER interest. This is where mind has to overcome matter.
If you give in to the negativity that is our scene…your music will lose steam and your art will “fall off” along with your motivation. You have to dictate your own demand, you have to make up peoples minds for them. You have to grind.
By continuing to be yourself and create…even when you feel like fuck it. Even when you feel like, there is no point. You have to get your art out and you have to continue making it available. You have to be your own biggest fan. Through will and effort, you will discover fans instead of hoping for them to discover you. This hunger will carry you through, it will make your journey meaningful.
In other words, keep making your art, continue trying to evolve and believe.
Most of all…Continue to function.