Tour: Funk Volume’s Jarren Benton Joins Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour
ATL-based rapper Jarren Benton Starting 2014 Strong by Joining Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour
Critical Praise for Jarren Benton:
“As [My Grandmas Basement] unfolds, one thing becomes clear: [Jarren Benton] can handle himself just fine.” – Creative Loafing, 4/5 review
“Benton has an extraordinarily nimble flow and sense of rhythm.” – HipHopDX
Beginning April 9th, Jarren Benton from independent powerhouse label Funk Volume will be hitting the road as part of Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour. The tour spans over 3 months in more than 70 different cities across the country. In addition to Tech N9ne, the tour will feature Freddie Gibbs, Krizz Kaliko, and the rap group Psych Ward Druggies. Tickets available here.
The Independent Grind Tour comes through Benton’s hometown of Atlanta on April 19th, and then climbs up the coast and through the Midwest and to the West Coast, ending in June in Funk Volume’s home base of Los Angeles on June 4th, concluding in Kansas City on June 28th.
Jarren is no newbie when it comes to rocking shows: last year he toured for almost 40 dates with Rittz on The Life And Times Tour, toured Australia with Hopsin for a week, and spearheaded his own 20-date My Grandma’s Basement Tour, his first national headlining tour. The tour followed the release of his debut album, My Grandmas Basement. An album review by HipHopDX says, “His aggressive, in-your-face style is well suited for Horrorcore fans, but he also displays true Southern roots with a handful of tracks trending towards Trap Rap.” The album, which features labelmates Hopsin and Dizzy Wright, debuted at #4 on the iTunes Hip-Hop Charts and #4 on Billboard Magazine’s Heatseekers Album chart.
Jarren and the rest of his Funk Volume labelmates will be performing at SXSW 2014. Details forthcoming.
Ticket buy-link: http://myfunkvolume.com/artist/jarren-benton/
Jarren Benton Background:
For an artist with serious mainstream aspirations, Decatur, Georgia’s Jarren Benton has spent his career going against the grain. One of Funk Volume’s premiere acts, Jarren admits, “I love the music I do now. I do it in the safe-mode.” That’s rather shocking for an artist whose last album, Freebasing With Kevin Bacon lived up to its name, at least in attitude and style, evident on single “Skitzo.” He continues, “I want to take it a lil’ further. I just haven’t had the balls to go all the way there yet, ‘cause I presently want to keep a foot in the mainstream too.” After two successful digital releases and a video with over one million YouTube plays, Jarren is currently promoting his Funk Volume debut album, My Grandmas Basement, which debuted at #4 on the iTunes Hip Hop Chart. In 2013, Jarren went on the My Grandma’s Basement Tour, his first ever headline U.S. tour and joined Rittz on his The Life And Times Tour. Benton is set to head out on tour with Tech N9ne on his Independent Grind Tour in April 2014.
Funk Volume Background:
Funk Volume is a Los Angeles-based record label, marketing, and production company that been cited as a leader among independent rap labels with nearly 200 million YouTube views, 1.5 million Facebook likes, consistent Top 10 chart placements on Billboard and iTunes and high profile write-ups in media outlets such as Forbes, Billboard, SPIN, LA Weekly, and many more. Founded in 2008 by internationally recognized rap artist Hopsin and Stanford MBA grad Damien “Dame” Ritter, the label was created with one thing in mind: protecting the integrity of the artist’s vision. Currently home to rappers Hopsin, SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, and Jarren Benton and more recently, DJ’s and producers Hoppa, Kato, and Rikia, the label has quickly transformed into being a label to watch by fans and industry insiders alike. Funk Volume recently released their first documentary, Independent Living, which captures the artists’ swift rise during their 44-date national tour in 2012. The latest release from the Funk Volume label is marquee artist Hopsin’s Knock Madness. For more info: www.myfunkvolume.com
“LIfe In The Jungle”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCChw0rXnmQ
“We On” Ft. Dizzy Wright & Pounds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF_VXpUPOTk
“Go Off” Ft. Hopsin & SwizZz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQsPT4ejEpU
“Bully” Ft. Vinne Paz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZE-N1UqFMk
“Cadillacs & Chevys”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3wH81zTyJ
“The Basement Interview Pt.1″: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htDPCAe_v3s
“Razor Blades And Steak Knives”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFW3ffGjJBY
Bio, pictures and streams available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/jarren-benton/