Featured Artist: Benny Universe

Featured Artist: Benny Universe


September 15th, 2016

We recently sat down with Benny Universe to learn more about his music.

Us: How did you come up with your artist name?
Benny Universe: My last rap name was “Kidd Prodigee” then I turned 20 and wanted to change it lol My real name is Bennett so got the Benny from that and I love the show Steven Universe so I made my rap name “Benny Universe”

Us: What inspired you to start making music?
Benny Universe: I started making music at the age of 14. I do music because it’s the only thing that can not be taken away from me, I lost my mother at the age of 10 and I never knew my father, all my life I have had everything taken away from me beyond my power and now I use my music as my power. What i want to do with my music is to inspire other people who are in a similar situation to me and let them know that things can change for the better.

Us: Who is/are your biggest influence(s) and why?
Benny Universe: My biggest influences are Childish Gambino, Chance The Rapper, Kid Cudi, Bryce Vine and SuperDuper Kyle. Childish Gambino is a heavy influence because of his album “camp” which was extremely honest and my favorite album of all time. Chance The Rapper is another huge influence because he’s changing the rap game by releasing music for free and showing that you do not need a label to make it, the music speaks for itself. I really like Kid Cudi’s sound as an artist, I got a few comparisons to him. Right now Bryce Vine is my favorite artist to listen to, I love that does a cross between pop and rap, it’s really dope. Last but far from least, SuperDuper Kyle is making music to make people smile and I love his movement, I love what he’s doing, he’s showing people its ok to love anime and video games and be nerdy and still be a rapper who makes happy raps.

Us: What do you want your fans to feel when they hear your music?
Benny Universe: I just want to make my fans happy, I want my fans to be able to connect with my music on an emotional level, when I actually do get a fan base of followers I want to be able to talk to each of them personally and get feedback on my music. I’m just trying to make the public in general happy to be alive and be able to listen to good music and let them know everything will be ok no matter what they are going through, no matter who you are, you matter too.

Us: What can we expect from you? What are you working on? What do you have coming out?
Benny Universe: I have something planned for the next month or so but I do not want to give out the details, just know that its new music but I want to release it in a special way that I feel will be most enjoyable. Right now I am focused on pushing my new single “Grown Ass Kid”, I am not currently working on a project, I am more focused on bettering my craft. check out the song below and follow me on my social medias

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