Decatur (Georgia) born rapper Jarren Benton is undoubtedly one of Funk Volume’s premiere acts and he’s been on a roll since first signing to Hopsin’s independent label back in 2012. In 2013 he dropped his first studio album, “My Grandma’s Basement”, which drew some serious debut buzz and helped propel him into XXL’s 2014 Freshman Class. We linked up with Jarren to talk about his latest “Slow Motion” EP, new “Diamonds & Fur” video, and a bunch of other irrelevant shit. Peep it below…
Jadamix: How has the response been to your latest Slow Motion EP (Vol 1)?
So far man it’s been dope. When you’re in the music making process you always get paranoid. You just hope that people like your shit. But so far people have really been digging it.
You mentioned the EP was dedicated to a good friend and former manager who passed about a year ago. What track(s) mean the most to you?
Probably “Silence”, “Diamonds & Fur” and “Atychiphobia”. Those are 3 of the most honest songs on there. Those 3 really hit home as far as what I was feeling and what I have been feeling.
What’s a typical day like with Jarren Benton?
If it’s a typical day at the crib it’s pretty boring. I’m like picking up kids and shit like daddy daycare. When I’m on the road it can get kinda chaotic. I’m constantly doing shows, interviews and heavy drinking. Whilin out when I can. It’s sorta like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I’m f*cking “Mr. Mom” in one aspect and then f*cking “Mr. Chow” in another.
What’s your drink of choice?
Vodka. But it can’t be the cheap vodka. It’s got to be somethin like Belvedere, Grey Goose or Hangar One.
I’m a tequila drinker cause that shit turns you up.
I f*ck with Tequila too. Patron and 1800.
Chips Ahoy! or Oreos?
Oreos all day.
It’s gotta be some type of Thai food. I’m gunna say Panang Curry with brown rice.
I’m sure you party with the homies on Funk Volume a bunch. What’s Dizzy [Wright] like? Does he light up left and right, or is not as big of a smoker as it seems?
No Dizzy is 100% a complete pothead. Me I smoke, but I can go weeks without smoking. But Dizzy has to smoke every single day to function. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him not on some form of weed. If I did, he was probably searching for it.
Two part question…Why do you always rock that raccoon hat and can I get one?
You can definitely get one. The raccoon hat comes from some old hip-hop shit. Back in the 80’s everyone used to rock the Kangol hats and the Adidas jumps suits and Puma sneakers. Alot of dudes were rockin the raccoon hats back then. No one has brought that raccoon shit back though. Go look at LL Cool J’s video “I Need Love”…
Tell us about this video you just dropped for “Diamonds & Fur”.
The video is dope. Its’ really clean and a different vibe. Normally my videos are hella crazy but this video is mad laid back. There’s a metaphor behind it. It’s me in a dream state sorta like I lost myself. Enjoy it.
Peep Jarren’s new video below and make sure to cop his Slow Motion EP on iTunes.