1) When did you first start writing songs?
I would say I made my first song at 16 going on 17. However, keep in mind that was just the first song that was recorded and put out there. Prior to that, I had found myself writing random verses and love songs for my middle school crushes.
2) What made you want to pursue this dream of yours?
So music wasn’t always my dream. In fact, I would say it’s one of my younger aspirations. Still, I find making it in the music industry to be the dream I am, hands down, the most passionate about. I inherited my love for making music from my brother, but it was my own personal accounts that made it a dream. Post my father’s death I found that the progression of time led to him being somewhat forgotten, especially by those who weren’t as close to him. So, with that said I told myself I was going to carve my name into history. My love for making music is what is going to make that possible.
3) Where your friends and family supportive about your decision to become a rapper?
My friends were and still are the people who push me to make this dream come true. They see my talent and remind me everyday that I got something others don’t. My family also believes in me, however I think they were a bit more skeptical at first. Growing up I always was an honor student and to be some doctor or lawyer is what they expected from me. It was over time that I grew into the rapper I am today in which they all now recognize and believe in.
4) Is Stage Fright your first EP?
Yes, StageFright is actually my first project in general.
5) What was your inspiration behind the lyric in your songs on the EP?
My lyrics are inspired and governed by my life. Nothing I write is fabricated. I honestly just sit down and vent to the blank lines that fill my notepad. Stage Fright’s lyrics spawn from my hunger to be remembered, my struggle with poverty and I touch upon various times and events in my life to help the audience understand who Benjamin Dollaz is.
6) I hear you’re actually sponsored by “Datpiff,” how did that happen?
What being sponsored on datpiff does is it allows listeners to download a project with out using one of his/her limited downloads. So I
understand that as of now I’m not this musical icon that everyone would be willing to use one his or her limited downloads for. With that in mind, my team and I knew that Stage Fright is an amazing project that we needed to get sponsored. We contacted datpiff and made that happen.
7) Who are your musical influences?
My biggest musical influence is definitely my brother. He has been rapping for as long as I can remember and I use to just watch in awe. I would absorb whatever techniques and skills I could from him. Other than him, there are many rappers and legends I respect but I feel the only other rapper who has an influence on my music is J. Cole. That man is a mastermind with his craft and I urge anyone who hasn’t heard him to give him a listen.
8) How many performances have you done so far and which has been?
I haven’t done many performances and I feel that’s my next stage to work on. I’ve only hit a couple open mics and little gigs. If I had to choose my favorite performance it would have to be the day of my listening party. Although it wasn’t a pure performance it was just euphoric knowing that 100+ people came out to just support me. That night was arguably one of the best nights of my life.
9) What’s your fan base like?
In all honesty my fan base is growing but is still relatively small. What I would like to say about my fan base is that they are extremely loyal and connect with me on a personal level. I can feel the love they have for me and I just want to let them know that it is reciprocated.
10) Do you have any big plans in motion for the near future?
Everything I plan to do is big. I don’t want to mention too much because I have yet to have a set date on what’s to come, but what I will
say is that me and my brother are already working on a collaboration EP and that it is definitely something to look forward to. On a personal account I also want to say it is an absolute honor to finally make music with him.
11) Anything you want to say to people who haven’t heard your music and don’t really know what you’re about yet?
To those who haven’t heard my music I want to tell you what I’m about. As humans we more or less go through the same things at one point or another. My music touches upon these things we go through. I know what it is to be in love, I know what it is to have your heart broken. I understand how it feels to have a dream and to be overlooked every time. I am a working man who has dealt with death, poverty, betrayal, school, you name it I’ve most likely gone through it in one way shape or form and it is these things I rap about. I put my heart and soul into my music and I know if you give me a listen you will see that. I can’t guarantee you will like every song but I can promise that you will find one song of mine that will make you a fan and make you say “damn this guy is the truth.”
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