In the Spring of 2009, producer/engineer/mixer BENAMIN, had a meeting with the rising Brooklyn emcee Fresh Daily, to discuss possible future collaborations. Upon meeting at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at NYU, where BENAMIN was finishing his senior year, the two artists found that they shared a common direction in sound and taste. They saw the future of Hip-Hop music in a similar light and realized that the sound they wished to portray in their next immediate releases was very much the same.
This meeting resulted in a collaboration that would become the EP you now see before you, as well as Fresh Daily’s recent mixtape Tomorrow is Today. It is a sound that blends genres and influences to create Hip-Hop laced with electronic elements. Hard beats, sweeping synths, and bass lines that bump. The Times EP was initially created as BENAMIN’s thesis project to be presented to a panel of industry professionals at NYU in May, 2009. He pressed up 200 copies for hand to hand distribution in order introduce listeners to his music and craft. The Times EP is a step in a new direction for Fresh Daily, meanwhile underlying his lyrical ability. It accurately portrays BENAMIN’s production styles and showcases his skill as an engineer/mixer. Download the EP, turn the volume up, and let it bump.
1. Apollo 13
2. The Only Constant f. Lex
4. Hanging On f. Selah Says, P.SO & Print