Every once in a while, you will come across an artist that you respect for more than just their ability to make good music. I, myself, tend to favor those whom are transparent and have a real story to tell, and convey it in such a way that is both unique and captivating. Bene is one of those artists.
Throughout the years that I’ve known him, I could sense that he would one day become one of the proverbial roses that grew from the concrete. Although his music, to me, is still rough around the edges in certain areas, to say he is not constantly progressing would be a flat out lie. He is quickly rising from the rank of “rapper” to “artist.” And it is also important to note that he’s only 19 years old. In the aptly-titled “Through It All, I Rise”, we hear Bene reflect on past experiences and hardships, drop knowledge, and unapologetically express his views on a myriad of topics. Sonically, Bene offers a palette that is sure to accommodate the tastes of all hip-hop lovers. From upbeat, trunk-rattling trap songs to more slow paced, melodic introspective songs, TIAIR leaves no stone left unturned and caters to all.
It is with great honor that I also add we gave it the official Lucramotives stamp on the back cover to show our support and solidarity with Bene as he continues to pursue his dreams. Lastly, congratulations to my bro, Bene, on the release of his fondest body of work to date. Stay hungry and stay humble.
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This clip was borrowed from WorldStarHipHop’s “The Field” documentary set in Chicago. This particular scene gives viewers a first-hand look at the “Got Bars?” program and the role it plays in the southside Chicago area. Sponsored by Kanye West’s non-profit organization Donda’s House, “Got Bars?” serves as a safe haven for the youth of Chicago to get away from the negativity that is haunting their communities. It also serves as an outlet for the at-risk youth to come perfect their craft with legendary hip-hop MC Rhymefest, a Chicago native himself. A positive environment is absolutely essential for at-risk youth in urban communities. Initiatives like this are only one of many that the people can use to bring light into the darkness that surrounds them and their childrens’ day-to-day lives. I’d also like to point out one other thing…did anyone else pick up on the lyrics the young man was saying? Those type of lyrics are what many would classify as “gangsta rap” due to the graphic violence, hatefulness, and other references. However, once he finished his verse, did you listen to his story? Both of his parents and his brother were killed. He literally got choked up and had to fight back tears when talking about it. This is the struggle many youth have to endure. Yes, even in America. Some of you may live in these kinds of places yourselves or maybe you live a few blocks away or on the other side of town. This is reality. Many of these children have no concept of what love is. Look where they live. Listen to their stories. Rather than cast dirty looks at people like him or insult them try to understand where they’re coming from. Put yourself in their shoes.