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"BenFlowz -- Tomorrow: The Hip-Hop Renaissance -- DreamScheme 2005"

Raised in the Midwest but currently residing in the Bay area, 20-year old rapper annex part-time producer BenFlowz has got quite a musical journey behind him. Starting playing the piano at 8, makin demos at 12 and releasing a debut album at 15, he can be considered one of those young lions who try to get a piece of the hip-hop meal.

'Tomorrow: The Renaissance of Hip-Hop' is a 'coming-of-age' project, as Flowz explains it in the introductional interview. Life experiences are a recurrent theme throughout the album, unravelled over underground boombap, smooth soul and beats that touch a mainstream vibe. The first song for instance has a bold, 'ante up' flava to it, ready for radio consumption and revealing influences of MOP, Busta Rhymes and even DMX. Raw and unpolished, Benflowz likes to challenge his vocal capacities and entertains the listener with irregular rhyme patterns. Already selling tapes at 12 years old, there's no doubt BenFlowz is an enterpreneur besides artist, this being confirmed in 'Money Make The World Go Round', of which two versions (original and remix) are included on the record. The original sounds smooth and mellowish, holdin the 'make money' sample that characterized Junior Maffia's hit single 'Get Money' so well. More highlights are 'Kill Heston', the mesmerizing soul of 'Is It Love', the pounding drums of 'Downtown' and the closing title track 'Tomorrow'.

Several producers are included in the line-up (two by BenFlowz himself) and give this album a nice diversity that break through the monotony a 18-track album sometimes brings along. 'Tomorrow' is an honoust effort that shows Benflowz' dedication, persistence and potency. Not your favourite rapper nor producer, but a name to remember!

posted by: cpf | 05-16-2006 | rated: nice - (Belgium)


Local underground rapper BenFlowz shows that he has the potential to become a name in the rap game. Though the project is slightly uneven in its production values, his use of creative samples as on ‚“Return of the Warrior” and ‚“Money Make the World Go ‘Round” along with a slightly raspy voice give him his own sound. But it is on the Latin-influenced “Ven Aqui” where BenFlowz really shines and the listener can hear his potential to reach multiple markets. Other tracks of note are “Bump Hataz” and “Empty Promises.”

— STEWART WALKER - The Toledo Blade (

"Hip-hop culture takes center stage"


The inaugural Hip-Hop for Humanity Celebration, a family and youth event showcasing the history and positive aspects of hip-hop culture, is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Ottawa Park amphitheater.

The free event includes performances by Toledo-reared NBA player Jim Jackson's drill team JJ Express, poet J Verse, break dancer Octavio Sanchez, and hip-hop dancer Little O. A youth fashion show will showcase hip-hop fashions of the past decade, and youth comedian Edward Russell will perform.

BenFlowz, a local hip-hop producer with DreamScheme Productions, says there will be two 8-by-12-foot walls for graffiti artists.

BenFlowz and DraMatiQue will host a hip-hop music performance at 3:30 p.m.

DreamScheme plans to award two hip-hop scholarships. Entrants must be age 13 to 18, write an essay describing their love of hip-hop, and submit a sample of their work. Winners, announced just before the close of the celebration, will receive an opportunity to develop a two-track demo CD with DreamScheme, and runners-up will receive T-shirts and books.

Youth emcees Corey Willis, 15, of Waite High School, and Amir Abed, 16, of Rogers High School, will share facts about hip-hop throughout the day.

The celebration is organized by Toledo Sister Cities International, the YMCA, Artivism, Toledo Youth Commission, hip-hop historian David Bush of the MADD Poets Society, and several area youth and hip-hop advocates.

The Hip-Hop for Humanity Celebration will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ottawa Park amphitheater. Information: BenFlowz at 419-509-7706 or the YMCA's Stephen MacDonald at 419-729-8135.

Contact Rhonda B. Sewell at:
or 419-724-6101. - The Toledo Blade


Passages Volume 1 (in production)
Tomorrow: The Hip-Hop Renaissance (2005)
Symptoms of Systematic Control (Demo - 2003)

--Radio Airplay--
Is It Love...
Money Make the World Go Round
Ven Aqui
(played on UC Berkeley's KALX, SF's KQED radio, SF's KPOO radio and more)



BenFlowz returns with his highly anticipated sophomore set "Tomorrow: The Hip-Hop Renaissance." In this coming of age project BenFlowz deals with the angst of young adulthood while paying homage to the old school era by interweaving classic elements of underground hip-hop with the radio-friendly soundscape of today. Superbly entertaining from start to finish, BenFlowz captivates the listener over 18 original, well-constructed songs filled with spectacular wordplay, incredible lyricism, and a dynamic delivery backed by solid production both in-house and from a handful of producers worldwide. This project further reaffirms his commitment to the hip-hop movement while continuing to display his vast range and unmatched artistic ability as an emerging artist in the music industry.

At age 21, BenFlowz displays a youthful energy while wielding a concentrated ambition. Though he currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and attends one of the most prestigious art institutions in the country his story begins in the Midwest. Since his early years in Toledo, OH he has been training himself in preparation for this project. As a creator he has been active since before he can remember, and as a musician his odyssey began at the age of 8 when he began receiving formal piano instructions. This early musical training gave him new insight into the sonic field that would later aid his development as an both an MC and producer.

As Tomorrow draws closer towards today, and the current chapter of Hip-Hop comes to a close BenFlowz looks ahead to the future. No longer amused by the meaningless wars waged between defenders of the old-school and new-school, underground and commercial he has coined the term True-School Hip-Hop in description of his music. His unique approach to rhyme delivery, varying subject matters, and conscious messages create a style unlike any other on the mic. Quietly, he challenges current world affairs through his enigmatic racial composition, his diverse background, and sometimes directly through his against the grain mentality, and outspoken lyrical content.

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