CHECKOUT MY INTERVIEW WITH COMPTON'S FINEST BENNIE DUB
MR 100: How did you get your artist name?
BD: Man I got my name from my elementary track coach. He used to call me “Turbo” because I was fast. I remember one day at practice I was slacking off and he yelled “Pick it up Bennie Dub” and it just stuck and I’ve been going by that name ever since.
MR 100: There are a lot of dope rappers that came from Compton, CA. What makes you different from the rest?
BD: I think it’s my perspective on things. When you hear artist from Compton or any part of LA for that matter its real HARDCORE. I didn’t bang, sell drugs, or none of that, but I was around it. I was always the kid on the outside looking in. So my approach isn’t as HARD because I wasn’t hands on with certain things but I witnessed everything.
MR 100: Who are your biggest musical influences and why?
BD: Kendrick Lamar, J Cole & Eminem. Their story telling ability is something I pride myself on. They both have the ability to paint vivid pictures with their words where you feel like you’re actually there. Their word play is sick as well it’s like not every punchline is right in your face you might have to listen to the track a couple times to catch everything.
MR 100: I read that you got your first record deal at the age of 16, that's impressive, was it a major record label or a indie one?
BD: It was an Indie label that was through a major Throback Records/Atlantic. I also had a publishing deal through Windswept LLC which at that time was the biggest independent publishing companies around. I didn’t even have any placements so anyone who knows music knows that’s unheard of. They gave me that deal based on faith and my ability to right and deliver
MR 100: How did you come with the title to your hot mixtape "Purple Earth Vibe Sessions?"
BD: Purple Earth has a double meaning. If you look at the meaning of the word “Purple” it has some traits in which describe me. For those who like the color are said to be visionaries, with high ambitions, dreams and desires, and a compulsion to help the planet. It also is my ode to Houston TX which is where I was born originally so the Purple is for the drank which makes you more mellow and slow. Which are the type of tracks you get on the mixtape.
MR 100: If you weren't chasing your dreams of becoming a rap superstar, what would you be doing?
BD: Working for someone else who chase their dream
MR 100: Who are your top 3 all-time favorite rappers from Cali?
BD: Man that’s a hard question. Not in any particular order either
MR 100: How do you feel about the major record labels giving out 360 deals to artist now?
BD: I think the labels feel threatened by the internet & the independent grind artist are on now. It’s more profitable for the artist, but the labels are losing money. Labels don’t spend time developing artist no more so if they see an artist with a following that’s when they come in and be like hey we’ll put you on a wider scale, but in return we want a piece of EVERYTHING you’ve built. I don’t feel it’s right, but it’s part of the game now.
MR 100: What are your goals for the 5 years for your music career?
BD: I see myself 2 albums in and feeding my family off this music
MR 100: Bennie Dub I hope nothing but success for you, shout out your peoples and your social media networks