Los Angeles-based rapper Benny Duhay recently released his debut EP, Know It All, satirizing not knowing it all while pretending he does.
Benny burst onto the music scene with last years’ “Mexico,” followed by “Bubble Rap” and “Trip,” leading to features in The Hype Magazine, The Hollywood Tribune, and Medium Magazine.
A first-generation American originally from Tel Aviv, when arriving in the U.S. at nine years of age, Benny spoke no English. Still, it didn’t take him long to master a new language. Then he began writing poetry which he enhanced with beats. Later, in high school, he fell under the influence of artists like Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Eminem, and Drake, as he refined his own distinctive sound.
While in college, Benny was busy: classes, track and field, recording, and performing all over California. Once he finished college, Benny took a needed break to consider his music and clear his mind. Since then, he’s been cooking with gas, releasing red-hot bangers.
Comprising seven tracks, entry points on Know It All include “Run,” opening on strident tones rolling into a heavy, thumping rhythm topped by Benny’s vibrant flow. The title track pushes out on droning colors, mirroring the whirring repetitive essence of unceasing tête-à-têtes sans information. Benny’s spitfire flow infuses the rhymes with an urgent demand – “Tell me something I don’t know.”
“Mexico” offers ringing hues riding a yummy, potent trap beat, while Benny’s cool flow gives the rhymes tropical textures. Undulating on smooth swells of harmonics, “Mexico” forms an addictive earworm. While on “Trip,” Benny narrates his lover’s pattern of getting worked up when they’re out and about.
“Why you tripping every time we on a trip … Back and forth we go.”
“All the Way Down” travels on a throbbing rhythm as Benny’s sing-song flow fills the rhymes with bothersome flavors. “Drowning” presents a unique stream-of-consciousness revelation of Benny’s whirling thought processes confronting the daily problems of life. Radiating dream-like, swirling colors, the rhymes reflect almost psychedelic coloration atop a syncopated hip-hop beat.
Know It All displays the tasty flow of Benny Duhay’s delivery, his intoxicating rhymes, along with hard-hitting hip-hop pulsations.