The Music Gardener recently came across a record that I can’t get out of my head. As an artist manager and music marketing consultant I have avoided the rap genre. Mainly because I normally don’t enjoy listening to that style of music which makes it extremely difficult to give it 100% of myself. I like the occasional Eminem or Nelly song that has melody but that is about as far as I go. A few weeks ago, I was given a cd from the artist Benjiman. Benjiman just released a his new cd “Skript” on Save The City Records. I began my listen with the single “Back Home” and was blown away. The beat and melody of “Back Home” have the elements of the Eminem songs that I have enjoyed in the past only Benjiman’s lyrics bring an incredibly positive message. As I dug a little deeper, I found the rock stuff that Benjiman is known for from his performances on some of the Kutless and Falling Up records. Little hints of P.O.D. and Rage Against the Machine influence cut through. What really tops the record off is Benjiman’s rendition of “Over The Rainbow” This has to be the most beautiful rap song I have ever heard! Benjiman weaves his rap lyrics into the classic song “Over The Rainbow”. I highly recommend this cd for anyone who enjoys music!
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