22 year-old Taylor Bennett was fresh off the ‘Good Morning America’ stage where he performed the melody “Rock N Roll” with his artist Bianca Shaw and Zxxk by his side. This was the first time for the Be Yourself rapper, gracing the GMA stage and he explained how much it meant to him during this interview. He also took time to speak about the current state of hip-hop and how things have changed in the industry. This was also the first time he graced the Billboard Hot 100 Fest. We spoke with Taylor about all of these things and much more.
Get into the interview below.
RESPECT.: What is the current state of rap right now in your opinion?
Taylor Bennett: Rap is an evolution right now it can be anything and everything. I just had a short night in New York and I took a bunch of my fans out and people I didn’t know. I did it in London, but this was the first time I did it in the United States. It’s not like some raffle ticket kind of thing, I saw some people that I wanted to come to my show and I told them to come to my show because I wanted that demographic of black guys with dreads at my show. (laughs)
Some dude was like yeah I just walked out of your show and some other girls were there and we all went out and had this round-table discussion. Even with this girl that’s from Britain that lives in Brooklyn now about masculinity and americans, how people are brainwashed and all types of stuff. I basically say that to say as a rapper I’m the only dude that could make that conversation kind of happen right now. Or unless I’m another artist but really like hip-hop right now and even like when you go to malls and the white stores you be seeing white people on the models in sh*t it be all white people modeling but they be playing Kanye, A$AP Rocky or Chance The Rapper. Hip-hop right now, it’s just that time.
This is your first time at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest? How was the experience?
It was crazy, I got to see alot of new fans, one thing that I like is that I like to see my fans but something that is cooler is when you do a show and you see people that wouldn’t like usually be in the situation to come see you and that’s dope to see new fans and get to meet new people. It was dope, it’s apart of the journey. It’s billboard, I gotta love them. I’m just appreciative for them thinking high of me to put me on one of their stages, its a blessing.
Two of your artist performed on ‘Good Morning America.’ Did you expect that?
It was cool. I didn’t expect it, nobody expected it. But Bianca Shaw she did ‘Be Yourself’ that’s the title track for the project ‘Be Yourself’ that just released. She’s on that joint. Then I had Zxxk my boy he play’s ‘rock & roll’ one of the hit joints off the project we did on Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America. It’s been a crazy last 3 weeks.
Is their anybody in the R&B world that you would like to collaborate with?
Yea. Jacquees. SZA, Tinashe, Ella Mai.
Any new music coming out?
Working on a new album right now. Bianca has her new stuff dropping. When we get back, after she does Lollapalooza. Zee has new music coming out that he’s working on and he’s playing with Yung Bans now. Shoutout Yung Bans.
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