Exclusive: BennettKnows Interviews Bongo The Drum Gahd

BongoEarlier this year I had the opportunity to make it over to the city of Lost Angels, otherwise known as beautiful Los Angeles, California! During my stay, I had the privilege of meeting with Rhode Island producer Bongo The Drum Gahd. Meeting in the studio of the prestigious producing duo Da Internz, I was able to get familiar with the Grammy Award winning producer and discuss what’s next for the RI native. Growing up in Providence, Bongo found his passion in music playing instruments in the church. Taking his craft to Jacksonville, he learned to love his passion and the interactions people had with music. Today, Bongo is an award-winning producer behind projects like Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise, Trey Songz Trigga and Omarion’s Sex Playlist.

Bongo 2During his interview, Bongo and I discussed his passion to which he credits his current success, “find what you’re passionate about, build it from the ground up and prosper.” “It’s the time, love and dedication to make it happen,” he continued. The creator describes his work as “moments”, putting the right people together, finding inspiration and delivering that interpretation. We also reflected on working with big names such as Musiq Soulchild and Big Sean as well as his relationship with Da Internz. During our time spent, I learned a lot from this Bongo and I look forward to watching him grow! Currently Bongo is working on The Game’s forthcoming project Documentary 2. Get familiar! Check out Bongo The Drum Gahd’s #BennettKnows interview below!

BennettKnows Interviews Bongo The Drum Gahd

BennettKnows Interviews Bongo The Drum Gahd (Part II)

Evolution: A Note For The Readers

cropped-bennettknows-banner1.jpgBennettKnows For #BennettKnowsRadioDear “Know-It-Alls”, Supporters & Readers Alike,

The last year has been an amazing experience for myself and all the the people involved in BennettKnows. From #AllOfTheLights to #TheThrowback and everything in between, I have learned that anything is possible and the greatest reward is watching your dreams come true and sharing them with the people that you love. Back in September, I made a promise to myself and all my supporters that I will work harder and stay committed to the craft that I started back in 2011. Nonetheless, I will be using the next few weeks to make the transitions necessary for taking the next step towards my dreams. Although I won’t be active on a day-to-day basis, I will continue to learn and grow in radio broadcasting as I work with the team behind the scenes to prepare a comeback for the fall. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in BennettKnows! Expect the greatest!

Much love,

#BennettKnowsRadio Presents: “All Of The Lights”

#BennettKnowsRadio Presents: “All That”

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Exclusive: BennettKnows Interviews Roger Will

BennettKnows Interviews Roger WillEarlier this year I had the opportunity to make it over to the city of Lost Angels, otherwise known as beautiful Los Angeles, California! During my stay, I had the privilege of meeting with Rhode Island rapper Roger Will a.k.a. Listen To Roger. Meeting in the studio of  the prestigious producing duo Da Internz, I was able to catch up with Roger and discuss what he has been up to since he moved to L.A. back in April of 2014. Reflecting on personal growth since his first project Listen To Roger, Will described his time spent on the West Coast as a “growth period”, a time to network and develop his songwriting skills. Although Roger hasn’t released a follow-up project, he has recently released new collaborations with the likes of artists such as Cru Alxndr and Ceez Luciano. In the future, Roger hopes to release a project, although less personal, more relatable for listeners through both the sounds and content of the music. During his interview we also discussed the development of the music industry here in Providence, Rhode Island, “people are putting their footprints in the sand,” he explained. Roger appreciates the recognition he has received after landing a spot on WBRU’s Top 15 Rhode Island rappers of 2015, especially since he hasn’t been here in over a year! Overall, Roger Will is a talented artist that is working hard to achieve his dreams. During our time spent, I learned a lot from this artist and I look forward to listening to his next project! Get to know Roger Will! This probably isn’t the first you’ve heard from him and definitely not the last! Check out his interview below!

Exclusive: BennettKnows Interviews Roger Will (Part I) 

Exclusive: BennettKnows Interviews Roger Will (Part II)

#BennettKnowsRadio Interviews Von Of G.U.M. Entertainment

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 3.19.20 PMFollowing Jon Hope’s #SummerSessions premiere comes another ambitious Providence rapper named Von of Ground Up Entertainment. During his interview, Von discussed what music means to him and what he wants to contribute in return. Inspired by a “melting pot” of music including everything from Bow Wow, Jay-Z and BIG Krit, Von hopes to provide listeners with organic music that represents his life while entertaining at once. This summer, Von will be dropping his new project, The General with hopes to be recognized for his passion in music. With a hectic schedule consisting of a show with rap’s hottest newcomer Fetty Wap, numerous meetings with A&Rs and some new visuals, Von hopes to entertain and earn a spot amongst the best of rappers, both locally and internationally! Get the juice on The General! Check out Von’s #BennettKnowsRadio interview below!

#BennettKnowsRadio interviews Von Of G.U.M. Entertainment (Part I) #BennettKnowsRadio Interviews Von Of G.U.M. Entertainment (Part II)

#BennettKnowsRadio Talks ‘A Guy Named Harry’ With Jon Hope [Watch]

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 12.44.34 PMEarlier this summer, Rhode Island creative Jon Hope stopped by #BennettKnowsRadio as special guest to kick off our fifth (#SummerSessions) season on-air! Shortly after releasing his debut album A Guy Named Harry, the hip-hop artist discussed the ins and outs of the most recent project, what it means to him and what’s next for the Providence rapper. On the brink of losing a deal with Atlantic Records, Hope delivers a 13-record project that represents a 3-year period of pain with experiences involving depression, a catastrophic break-up, financial woes and a “baby-momma drama”. During the duration of the album, Hope takes us on an artistic journey through these experiences with remarkable tracks such as “Ain’t Nobody”, a hip-hop heavy track focusing on the road less traveled, “What Kind Of Art Is this?”, a stimulating track challenging expectations through Hope’s experience as a black man, “Sun Burn” a smooth, heart-felt track for the ladies and “F.I.S.H. & Coffee Milk”, my favorite track which bridges the gap between Hope’s experiences and growing up in Rhode Island. Overall, what makes this album a success is both it’s versatility which will satisfy music lovers across the board and the organic truth that Hope discloses with listeners. The response to the project has been positive, validating Hope’s journey thus far. With a full tour, re-releases and more exciting visuals, this is just the beginning! Get to know Jon Hope and what he’s all about! Check out Jon Hope’s #BennettKnowsRadio interview below!

#BennettKnowsRadio Interviews Jon Hope

#BennettKnowsRadio Interviews Jon Hope (Part II)

New Music: Jessie J Plugs In Jhene Aiko, DJ Mustard & Rixton For New Single “Sorry To Interrupt”

sorry-to-interruptAfter hitting us with the power collaboration “Bang Bang” featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, powerhouse pop singer Jessie J hits us with another collaboration titled “Sorry To Interrupt”. This time around Jessie J plugs in R&B crooners Rixton and Jhene Aiko for Pop Tarts “Crazy Good Summer” campaign. “We about to change the pace / We’re gonna need some space / Get out the way,” sings Jessie. “So sorry to interrupt / I got something to say / Attention please / Mic check, I need you to turn me up,” Jessie sings over the smooth, DJ Mustard production. I’m actually feeling this unexpected collaboration! What do you think? Check out Jessie J’s “Sorry To Interrupt” featuring Jhene Aiko and Rixton!

New MV: Kid Ink & Chris Brown Get Animated In “Hotel”

kid-ink-chris-hotelAfter teaming up with Chris Brown on smash-hits “Show Me” and “Main Chick”, Kid Ink plugs in Breezy for his new single “Hotel”. The track about bringing a girl to the spot after the club is a Featherstones production engineered for success! “Why you over there lookin’ at me while I’m with my girlfriend?” asks Breezy. “I got a girl, but I’m feelin’ your body so I’ma have to just play both sides.” In the animated, comic-book inspired video, Kid Ink and the batgang hit the streets for a good time but encounter some trouble when  “Hotel” is a single off of Ink’s sophomore album, Full Speedwhich includes the hot “Body Language” and features artists Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Young Thug, Dej Loaf Machine Gun Kelly, Verse Simmons, Migos and a couple others! Check out Kid Ink’s “Hotel” featuring Chris Brown below!

New MV: Prince Royce – “Back It Up” ft. Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull

jlo-prince-royce Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 11.20.55 PMAfter teaming up with Snoop Dogg for his english debut with “Stuck On A Feeling”, Prince Royce plugs in superstars Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull for his new single “Back It Up”. “Back It Up” is a high-energy, dancehall influenced pop track about a beautiful girl with an amazing body. “I love it when you drop it down! Baby back, back, back it up,” he sings on the radio-friendly chorus. The music video, featuring the trio is colorful and perfect for the summer! Interestingly, Prince Royce’s forthcoming eighth album will be his first-ever English album! Check out Prince royce’s “Back It Up” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull below!

New MV: Casey Veggies – “Tied Up” ft. Dej Loaf

dej-caseyCasey Veggies continues to bring the heat with a new track titled “Tied Up” featuring Dej Loaf. On the track, the Inglewood rapper captivates his “ride-or-die” chick with sexually packed lyrics over a smooth production, “Shawty you the best, I’m just keeping it real.” In the video, Casey takes a beautiful girl back to his hood where he spends time with the special lady. After seeing Casey Veggies open up for Big Sean earlier this week, I’m looking forward to new work from the versatile artist. Back in 2013, Veggie met success with Rockie Fresh delivering his mixtape Fresh Veggies which featured artists Ty Dolla $ign, Kirko Bangz, Juicy J and Hit Boi! Currently both Casey and Loaf are preparing their major label debuts for later this year. Looking forward to seeing who else makes an impact this year! Check out Casey Veggie’s “Tied Up” featuring Dej Loaf below!

New MV: Vic Mensa – “U Mad” ft. Kanye West

vic-kanye (1)Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 10.49.39 PMAfter signing to Roc Nation earlier this month, Chicago rapper Vic Mensa releases the visuals to his current single “U Mad”. On the track, Vic spits about his longtime relationship with girlfriend Natalie Wright. “She gon’ be mad right? Ain’t that too bad, right? Wanna catch that cab, right? Take back that bag, right? I guess that she just gon’ go buy herself that purse, that purse,
I guess that she just gon’ go swipe, buy her self worth, that’s cold,” he spits over the hard-hitting, grimy production. In the video, Vic and Ye turn-up amongst the lights and the SaveMoney crew! The video, directed by Grant Singer, is full of symbolism and creative effects! Overall, great track with an even doper video! looking forward to more content from Vic Mensa in the future! Vic is currently working on his Roc Nation debut Traffic, due for release later this year! Check out Vic Mensa in “U Mad” featuring Kanye West below!

New Music: Dej Loaf Fires Back With “Like A Hoe”

dej-loaf-like-a-hoeAfter claiming her spot on XXL’s 2015 Freshman Class, Dej Loaf continues to kill the game with a new single titled “Like A Hoe”. This time around, the Detroit femcee fires back at her haters with flaming verses over a turnt DDS production. “Keep it on the low, “DL” my initials! Niggas be dickriders, I ain’t worried ’bout competition, don’t bring them bitches up cause on my dogs, I’ll sick ’em,” Dej spits. I remember when Dej first surfaced with her debut “Try Me”, I wasn’t sure if she was here to stay. However, these last couple of weeks, Dej Loaf has been on fire! What do you think? Maybe you have to check out Dej Loaf’s “Like A Hoe” below!


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