UDHH: How long have you been in this game?
BF: I have been in the game of hip hop since the 3rd grade ..I fell in love with my Walkman and 1 cassette tape of random hip hop artists that I got from my brother. From that point on I have been a student of the game from LL Cool J TO Coolio FROM Nas TO Mos Def YOU NAME IT.. I personally have writing rhymes and classy flows for my self since the 5th grade….
UDHH: Who are your mentors in this?
BF: Some of my mentors in the game I studied hard on are .. LL COOL J.. BIGGIE SMALLS ,BIG L ,EMINEM, SLICK RICK, RUN DMC ,CANNIBUSm NAS ,SOLOMON BOOKS, QUEEN LATIFAH
UDHH: How did you get started?
BF: The way I got started with hip hop .. I just moved to Hawaii with my mother and lil’ brother from Hawaii to California. My mother and father just split up so it was a new scene.. month after being in Cali my older brother followed and was already flirting with the MC life. Watching him bounce rhymes off the top of his head with crazy rhyme schemes, similes and metaphors officially made me feel like I had a purpose for this hip hop life.
UDHH: How does one make money in the rap game? What do you do?
BF:How does one make money .. I feel, first and foremost, having a common connection with a fan base and having a unique sound, a unique style and flavor allows the artist to connect to the viewers and fans to become a house hold brand. In this Era ,the Internet allows your fan base a click of a button to access your every move,song, and performance world wide.Being connected to our electronic devices allows instant access to download ringtones or book shows etc. I personally have developed websites and have hands on experience with spreading my music through various companies such as ITunes, Amazon, cdbaby.com ,Facebook, Soundcloud.com and Reverbnation. My biggest break was actually in 2004-2005 when I first developed my MySpace music page and was able to grasp over a million views and downloads. Now I’m accepting payments for beats that I have made and shows I have performed, as well
UDHH: Do you represent a clan/clique/group? If so, who?
BF:I go by the name of BENJI FRANK$. I AM A MEMBER OF A GROUP CALLED FAMILY BUSINESS A GROUP I CREATED WITH MY BROTHER GROWING UP IN THE CITY OF MURRIETA, CALIFORNIA .WE FOUNDED THIS GROUP IN THE BACK OF MY 2ND MOTHER’S POOL HOUSE AS A YOUNGSTER AND IT GREW IN TO A LIFE OF BROTHER HOOD. ALSO, I AM ONE OF MANY MEMBERS OF THE WEST COAST FAMILY CLIQUE BLOCK ROYAL WEST & LOOTERS FAMILY . BLOCK ROYAL IS A HUGE TEAM AND FAMILY DEVOLOPED ON THE EAST AND WEST COAST . My partners and mentors are BIG ACE FROM BIG FISH ENTERTAINMENT .. AND ALSO MY BROTHER AND FRIEND BIG CITRIC FROM LOOTERS FAMILY
UDHH: What do you represent as an artist?
BF: I represent the every day struggle/grind/hustle/strength.. a real story of a talented kid going through life with a fighting chance trying to improve the growth of his family tree . With heart felt words and emotional innovation . Anything can and will happen if you put your mind to it and dig deep. I represent a person on the rise every day with a reqular job .. regular problems, real family issues, real family issues of ups and downs and going against the odds to push harder to be the best me I can be
UDHH: Who are you listening to these days?
BF: I still love BIG L. HIS FLOW AND RHYMES ARE, BY FAR, THE FRESHEST. BIGGIE SMALLS, DRAKE, NAS .. BUSTA.. BARRY WHITE .EMINEM. DR DRE, SNOOP DOG, PUEBLO CAFE, J.COLE, ACE HOOD, BONE THUGS .. DIZZY WRIGHT, TY $ NIPSEY HUSSEL JAY Z, G MONEY, CADILLAC FREEZE..
UDHH: This site is about all 4 elements in Hip Hop (MC, DJ, Graffiti and Bboy/Girl).What element(s) have you been involved with?
BF: Growing up I loved wearing my hip hop gear…. that had all four elements as music being my biggest. I loved to spit bars and rhymes all day and also DJ … Make beats, spinning tables.. as well as graffiti ..I use to be heavy at one point in life with the art and led a secretive life of a graffiti artist blasting murals of unique flavors… and styles ..
UDHH:Who are the artists you look forward to working with, if any?
BF: Artist I would’ve wanted work with are Biggie and Big L.. I would work with Snoop,DRAKE, Jay Z,Andre 3000, Eminem, Chris Brown ,J. Cole, NIPSEY Hussel, Ludacris Big Sean, Kanye West,Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys,Ryan Leslie, and Ty$
UDHH: What influences/inspires your music?
BF:God, first and foremost. My kids,my girl, both of my Moms, my Dad, all my nieces and nephews, Sisters and Brothers. Being a cancer survvior . Being the glue for my family, the voice for my generation and my daily grind.I inspire to make sure we have and don’t go with out.That is the main thing I look for, when I jot down my real life story.A common stranger can tell the passion behind my words
UDHH: Where can we find you/ your music?
BF:You can find my music at facebook.com (BENJIFRANK), SOUNDCLOUD.COM/BENJI – FRANK, TWITTER. COM/YABOYBENJI, Itunes.com (benji frank) and Instagram:yaboyfrankzz
UDHH: Where did you get that name?
BF:I got my name BENJI FRANK$ from Benjamin Franklin. I wanted to bring the game innovation, a new face also a breathe of fresh air with style, suave and creativity
UDHH: What’s the Las Vegas scene like?
BF: Las Vegas scene is the city of opportunities. Not too many artist actually blow up here. Right now, I feel it is looking for a hero
UDHH: You have a clothing line, I understand. Tell us about it.
BF: I am in phase one of a clothing line by the NAME OF Y.OGY (YOUNG OG’S YEOMPIN). REPPIN’ A YOUNGSTER GOING HARD WHETHER IT BE IN SPORTS OR BOOKS SMART . I HAVE A BRANCH OFF CLOTHING FROM A CLOTHING BY THE NAME OF JUS KARAMA LOCATED IN MY HOME LAND OF HAWA’II.
UDHH: Who have you worked with?
BF: Mr ROCKY ROCK , CADILLAC FREEZE , G DOLLAZ, MOS DEF, TALIB KWELI..PUEBLO CAFE, GO GETTAZ, SOLOMON BOOKS ,JX., TEFLON DON FROM GMF, DR.THROWBACK, KAAO. SUDDEN RUSH FROM HAWA’II and BIGGADAMAC
UDHH: Who would you like to work with?
BF:I am open to working with any and every artist that wants to build a strong foundation of hip hop or music overall if I had to. Choosing one rapper it would have to be – Big L
UDHH: Any shout outs?
BF: I would like to give God praise and thanks and shout out my family, my kids, my girl, my mom and dad, my friends, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, Calvin Langley, Big Ace, Big Citrus, Block Royal Family, my uncles, Caddilac Freeze, Madsthehated and my family biz team.
Thank you Benji Franks!
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