Published on September 4th, 2018 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson0
Who is Benji?
Meet Benji, the fierce lyric spitting phenom that has been in the game since the early 2000’s, where she started out auditioning to do videos but soon discovered that she should be behind the mic. Given the chance to do a video with known artist Young Buck, Benji was able to build some solid connections with some heavy hitters such as Akon, Lil Scrappy, Bun B and Pooh Baby. After shuffling through managers under the artist name of Lady Benjamin, she finally landed an opening act for Rick Ross in Miami for his then newest single “Everyday I’m Hustling”.
This allotted Benji to be invited to do a string of shows throughout the south, including Spring Bling and a VMA after party show. Right as things started to take off, life intervened and Benji has pulled away from performing.
As we all know, a true passion never dies and Benji continued wanting to be a performer. She sheltered that passion with a successful photography and talent company, but couldn’t sleep at night, knowing she should continue being an artist. As life did a 360, artist opportunities started reaching her unexpectedly and she decided she would no longer ignore the calls. After a few meetings and being introduced to 88fingaz, who is now her executive producer, Benji is currently working on her EP which is expected to drop late November 2018.
As you see your self, who is Benji?
Benji is an up and coming songwriter, artist/performer, a hustler, investor, CEO, published writer since 16, a mother who is all about the community, and a humanitarian who believes in reaching down and helping others. I also don’t believe in CAN’T or NO.
What brought you to the entertainment industry and music specifically?
I started out as a writer and became a published writer early on by writing poetry and turning that into songwriting and ultimately rapping. I was entered into competitions and won a few, but my ah ha moment and confirmation was when I won a live freestyle showcase hosted by Too Short.
What and/or who influenced the sound you bring today?
To be honest, many different artist and genres have influenced me along the way. I can’t pinpoint just one person. I just love music.
What’s happened in your career that makes you feel this is the industry for you?
A lot like myself, music keeps evolving. The creative feeling that I get when I’m recording is similar to new life. The energy that I receive when performing or in the studio opens up different levels of Benji.
What was the biggest obstacle to getting to your current career phase?
The hardest one would have to be that I am a female in the industry, and being independent makes it even harder.
What do you want people to get from your music?
I want people to feel inspired, to make changes, be motivated and just feel good. I want it to touch their soul.
Tell us about your current project?
I am currently working on my EP which we are pushing for a November 2018 release. I have a couple features, some well known and some up and coming artist. My single was released today. Check it out on SoundCloud, Itune, and Spotify.
What do you feel has been your greatest life achievement so far?
Being an old school mom in this industry as well as a business owner with my photograhpy and talent company on top of being a thriving artist. I’m juggling daily and so far it’s working.
If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Man oh Man oh Man. I hate to give my answer because a lot of people say it, but mine would be Tupac. He was so raw and real and trying to heal the people. That’s me.
If you had to pick one song of yours, that really explains YOU, what would it be?
It would probably be “IDGAF”. At this point in my life, I have stopped trying to be perfect for imperfect people. I make choices and decisions based on ME and beneficial to me.
Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” moment…
This one is so hard to answer because so many things can cause a “Where they do that at” moment, but then you look closer or deeper and you never know someone’s struggle. And I would hate to be the one to judge someone else’s shit, when I got my own shit going on.