Vallejo Riser Benny Announces Different Project, Releasing November 30th

The Melodic Rapper Shares Lead Single “Bang It,” a Dancefloor-Ready Slice of Electro Rap, Premiered by HYPEBEAST


Critical Praise for Benny:

“What do you get when you combine Drake’s tendency to sing vulnerably and BandGang’s abundant gun bars? You might get something like Benny, the North Vallejo rapper that counts the Detroit group among his influences and is rapidly making a name for himself in the Bay Area.” – The FADER

The Announcement:

The rare rapper who sounds as natural on menacing street tracks as slow jams, Vallejo’s Benny is a special talent. Looking to end 2018 on a high note, Benny announces Differenthis third project of the year. Bursting at the seams with personality, melodies, and bars, Different is an engaging and revelatory listen, showing off the many moods and modes of Benny as he annihilates glistening Bay Area beats. Drawing influences from all over the hip-hop spectrum, citing Detroit rappers BandGang as a major influence, among others, Different is an eclectic listen, boasting hard-hitting mob slappers like “Breathe,” vulnerable and rhythmic auto-tuners like “Myself,” convincing R&B slow jams like “Out Of Time,” and flashy auto-tuners like “Talk To Me.” The follow-up to June’s Dangerous tape and August’s Soul Snatcher with DJ Gutta ButtaDifferent arrives on November 30th via EMPIRE.

To accompany the announcement of Different, Benny shares Bang It,” the project’s lead single. Alternating lilting melodies and rapidfire bars atop soaring synth strings and an impossibly funky bassline, Benny boasts about his playalistic prowess: “I know you know my name girl/So don’t act like no stranger/Cause I’m just tryna bang it.” Premiered by HYPEBEAST, “Bang It” is an ideal West Coast riders’ anthem, channeling a luxurious 80s electro-R&B sample into a jam for the Golden State’s endless summer.

Born and raised in Vallejo, CA, home to hip-hop innovators E-40 and Mac Dre, Benny endured a troubled childhood, facing evictions and unreliable utilities in his homes. After getting into too much trouble as a high school student, Benny’s mother kicked him out of his house, causing Benny to spend months living in his car. Determined to prove to his family that he could make something of himself, Benny started making music, dropping in on high school talent shows and gathering his friends to make energetic music videos, like the Biggie-sampling All A Dream,” which quickly racked up millions of views. Now, Benny is a staple of the Northern California rap scene, collaborating with regional heavy-hitters like OMB Peezy andPrezi and earning the support of local hip-hop tastemaker The Thizzler. With the upcoming release of Different, Benny looks to continue his upward trajectory, breaking out of his region and becoming a household name.

Pre-order Different

Listen to “Bang It”:

Check out the HYPEBEAST premiere:

Different tracklist:
1. Bang It
2. Pickle (Interlude)
3. Talk To Me
4. You Don’t Know
5. Not Gone Jaws
6. Breathe ft. Bandlife Birdy
7. Trip
8. Myself Pt. 2
9. Let Me Go
10. Out of Time

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Pre-order Different

“Bang It”:

“Lately” ft. OMB Peezy:

“What Time It Is”:


“Dangerous – The Documentary”: