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Taylor Bennett
@HOB Houston

Bronze Peacock Room

Sunday 4/1/2018 8:00 PM


Chicago's Taylor Bennett unlike his brother Chance the Rapper is not getting the headlines perhaps he deserves say some hip-hop music critics.

Back in 2016, Bennett told the Chicago Tribune, "I have to work harder. It's a double-edged sword. A lot of people find out about me because of who my brother is, but that's even more of a reason for me to uphold my own truth. ... If they like the product, they like the product. And if they don't, they don't."

Much like his brother, Bennett has developed a unique sound and style of rapping. Some artists that have influenced his growth as a musician include Twista, Nas and Kendrick Lamar, which has had a noticeable impact on his music. Bennett also claims that Kanye West's College Dropout had a significant role in his ability to see the fun-loving side of music.

Bennett's brother preferred that he build his own fanbase before he began working with and promoting him. Chance believed this was an important step in his development as an artist. Bennett finally started selling out shows at local venues such as Reggie's and even opened for his idol Nas at a Lollapalooza after party in several years ago. After that success, Bennett and his brother released a track "Broad Shoulders", which is also the title track of one of his most recent mixtapes.

Taylor Bennett
HOB Houston
Bronze Peacock Room
Green Street
1204 Caroline St.
Houston, TX
Sunday 4/1/2018 8:00 PM
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Bennett has continued to grow as an artist, reaching an impressive milestone with his mixtape "Broad Shoulders". It features new artists such as Logan Parks, Talia Stewart and Jordan Bratton, most of whom are native Chicagoans. This was also his first full album without any elements sampled from preexisting songs.
     A controversy from 2014 continues to follow the artist, but seems to be fading.

On October 17, 2014 an article written in a Chicago newspaper reported that Bennett was involved in an altercation at a house party in his native city that left his victim with major head trauma. The article states that Bennett and his friend attacked the victim after the victim stepped on Bennett's shoes. The incident was captured on video by attendees at the party, who would identify Bennett on social media. Bennett would turn himself in and be released on $75,000 bond.

Prior to this incident Bennett had been a vocal proponent of the #SaveChicago movement which aimed to raise awareness to violence prevention in Chicago. Bennett had no criminal record prior to the incident. He received probation for the offence.

Neither Bennett nor his brother Chance the Rapper commented on the incident.

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