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The Come Up: Jarren Benton


On his roots:

“I was born and raised in Atlanta. East side of Atlanta, Decatur and Stone Mountain. Music started early, man. I was addicted to music as a child. My mom was kind of young when she had me, so she was kind of a hip mom and would bring home dope ass hip-hop shit. My mom would be bringing home Eric B & Rakim’s Paid in Full and Beastie Boys License to Ill, so I gravitated towards hip-hop at such an early age. Believe it or not, as soon as hip-hop grabbed a hold of me, that’s what I aspired to be. I didn’t want to be a fucking athlete. I just wanted to be a fucking rapper. With that, I started trying to rap pretty young and the shit was kind of whack and then I got a little older and I started going around Atlanta performing at certain showcases. I got a little name for myself, but it was kind of hard in Atlanta, just due to the type of music that comes from there, which is you know, typical down south shit.”

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