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The Come Up: Jarren Benton


On his first major looks:

“You know, my influences came from rappers like Redman and Eminem and fucking Ras Kass. From fucking rock shit like Nine Inch Nails, the Deftones, fucking Manson. So a lot of my shit was always kind of edgy. It was hard before this weird, different kind of shit was popular. It was hard as fuck. So I’d be at spots rocking it, not giving a fuck, and people would always notice the talent was there but the main issue I always had was that my sound never fit in with what was popping in Atlanta. But it grabbed the ear of certain people like [Don] Cannon, who lived in Atlanta even though he’s from Philly. Eric Sermon and a bunch of people I looked up to reached out and we ended up working together. And I guess with the climate changing in the music and different shit becoming popular people began paying attention and I appreciate it.”

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