It’s always neat to rep where you are from! Rapper "Benji" was born in Boston, Massachusetts and relocated to Los Angeles in 2015. Benji spent a couple of years in Los Angeles, to really take in the culture of the West Coast and the California vibes to then go on and release his single "Cali Anthem". This song has a really dope old school beat with that early 00’s rap sound. Benji's flow is incredible, he never misses a beat and stays on point throughout the entire song. To me, Benji has a similar sound to rap icon "Eminem". However, Benji has his own swag, brand and flare to his artistry that makes him different. He’s an intelligent lyricist, we were infatuated with the catchy accuracy that was displayed in him describing California. The song is witty and amusing, everything about it you fall in love with - the impeccable flow or Benji's clever lyrics relating to everyday life in California. "Cali Anthem" is definitely the West Coast jam! It’s a single that all Californian’s will be infatuated with the instant they listen and I can guarantee they will be restating his lyrics on and off social media.
Noticing his old school swagger to him, Benji says he gets most of his influences from old school cats like EPMD, RUN DMCand Rakim, to the obvious legends like Biggie and Nas. Benji describes the rap culture as an art form that he respects and he intends to spread a positive message through his music and lyrics. If you want to hear ‘Cali Anthem’ you can check it out on his Soundcloud or check his website www.benjihiphop.com where you can have access to all of his content and links! Listen to "Cali Anthem" here.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Ben Collotta (BENJI) and I am a hiphop artist/actor who was a school teacher for the past 5 years.
Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
I moved to Los Angeles from Boston 4 years ago to pursue my dreams as a hip hop artist. I was an English major and a drummer and fell in love with hip hop at an early age. As long as I remember I’ve been writing poetry/lyrics and have loved to entertain.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
My name is Ben and all my friends/family have always known me as Benji. I’m an east coaster who is truly passionate about lyrics and the culture. I truly try to tell stories with my songs and connect/relate with my audience.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
I write my own music and I am inspired by everyday life.
We’re really into your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it?Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
“Cali Anthem” was inspired by my move from Boston to Cali and not having to deal with shit weather anymore. I love Boston and it will always be home but I needed a drastic change and California was just what I needed.
What are three things you’d love your fans to know about you?
Three things that my fans should know about me is that everything I record is completely authentic and based on something that has happened to me or someone I know. I don’t sugarcoat shit and always try to give my audience a glimpse into my life. I love to travel and immerse myself in other cultures. I have always dreamt of performing all over the world and doing what I love all over.
Any upcoming shows? For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your performance?
I have no shows upcoming but all my info is on my website Benjihiphop.com and plan on locking in some performances soon.
What’s next for you?Music is my passion and I won’t quit until I’m recognized. I write all my own music and am inspired by everyday life. Everything I speak on wax is facts. Things I would love my fans to know about me is that I’m an avid traveler with crazy ambition. Life is short so I’m tryna make the best out of it.
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YouTube channel: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC_0jq1sxg4pw_yDv5Srsb6A