Having an older brother in the same industry who’s more famous than you are is probably hard enough by it self. Now trying looking like a spitting image of said brother and you have Chicago native Taylor Bennett, the younger brother to emerging superstar Chance The Rapper. This weekend, Taylor went on to Hot 97‘s Real Late With Peter Rosenberg to touch on this and many other topics such as Chicago’s rap scene, how to make it as an independent and more. Early in the interview, the South-side Chicago native gifts us with a story about how Lil’ Wayne‘s management team mistook him for his brother and invited him on stage to perform. “I remember at SXSW, I met Lil’ Wayne and this was about 2-3 years ago,” says Bennett to Rosenberg, “His manager, Hip-Hop, came and grabbed us and told us how much he appreciated us and we talked for like 15 minutes.” He goes on to say, “Then he invited me on stage and I was like ‘I don’t think I really want to do that’ and eventually he told was like, ‘I’m gonna introduce you to Wayne, Chance!’ and that’s when I had to tell him like, ‘Yo that’s my older brother.”
Missing a chance to be on stage with one of the greatest rappers of our generation? The reasoning behind the decision warrants nothing but respect. “The moral is, no matter how big the opportunity. I’m never ever ever going to be something I’m not.” said Taylor afterwards.
After watching this interview, anybody who’s still sleeping on this kid will think twice. He goes on the rest of the interview to address how he’s independently distributed his album with TuneCore and made the most out of his promotional opportunities, which earned him spots on Apple Music’s “Explore” page as well as Tidal’s “Rising Artists” page. Bennett also touches on a touching story about how he used his popularity in the Chicago youth scene, to help promote the release of his older brother’s mixtape, 10 Day.
We all know how that ended up…
Check out the interview above which features Taylor flexing his lyrical muscles with a scathing freestyle and a few head turning written rhymes.
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