Published on September 7th, 2023 | by Just Jay0
Atlanta Rap Phenom Ben Reilly Announces ‘Not Your Hero 4 Hire’ Ep
On the verge of a major breakthrough, critically acclaimed Atlanta-based rap phenom, storyteller and avid comic book aficionado Ben Reilly announces his brand new “Not Your Hero 4 Hire.”
Pre-order/Pre-save Not Your Hero 4 Hire EP —HERE.
The six-track project expands his world once again. This time around, he infuses the music with superhero scope and visionary themes as if translating a graphic novel of his life into fascinating and fiery rhymes. From the arresting opener “Apply Yourself… Then Touch A Bag” through the powerful finale “Yondu,” he lyrically paints pictures across the songs with acute attention to detail and awareness of his own larger extended universe. Check out the full tracklisting below.
He initially heralded Not Your Hero 4 Hire EP with “Edna Capes (Capes)” and its accompanying music video (watch HERE), which both visually and lyrically pays homage to The Incredibles super stylist Edna Mode. The song was followed by “Photoshoot,” which plays on a similar sound to his breakout hit “Maytag (Tax Free)” as Ben paves a lane for himself with a distinctive urgency and percussive flow. Cumulatively, the tracks have gathered one million-plus streams and counting.
Not Your Hero 4 Hire EP TRACKLIST:
1. Apply Yourself… Then Touch A Bag
3. Edna (Capes)
4. Clones (Flattery) [feat. KEY!]
Recently, Ben turned up at Fan Expo in Chicago, IL, inciting cheers from the audience. Next up, he jets to New York in order to headline the Empire State Music & Arts Festival.
Ben has quietly ascended to elite status on his own terms. Beyond posting up tens of millions of streams, EARMILK proclaimed, “Ben Reilly possesses an innate sense for crafting resonant, refreshing songs that feel explorative and highly detailed.” Pigeons & Planes promised, “Ben’s intentional nature is obvious in the music, and evident in every topic of conversation that comes up.”
ABOUT BEN REILLY:
The name Ben Reilly stands for two things. As an avid comic book collector, Ben Reilly wanted to pay homage to his favorite superhero Spider-Man, specifically the clone of Peter Parker’s Spidey in the comic book storyline in the Marvel Universe. It also means embracing who you really are. “Be.N in itself is supposed to stand for ‘Be. Nahree,’” the Atlanta-by-way-of-Brooklyn artist says. “It’s supposed to represent me embracing myself from within.”
In 2021, the 26-year-old Abstract Media member made his solo debut with Freelance. He raps with hungry urgency like someone who knows their time is coming. He switches between rapping and singing, delivering diary-like entries on themes of self-doubt, perseverance, and loyalty as he plays with different flows while distorting his voice.
Recently, Freelance earned one million streams and BenReilly celebrated with a freestyle titled “1M” over Weezy’s “A Milli.” Whether he’s aspirational about being bigger than Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and even Hov one day, as he raps in the freestyle, he hopes to be remembered as the best amongst the GOATs.
“The music will speak for itself, especially in instances where my life is changing now,” he says. “I’ve been putting in the work and now it is starting to be seen. A lot of people are starting to recognize it.”
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