Benny Mails premieres debut video, ‘I Blocked My Dealer’
“An addictive genre-bender…this one is pulling all the right shapes” i-D
Benny Mails has today released the striking video for debut single ‘I Blocked My Dealer’.
WATCH the ‘I Blocked My Dealer’
A suitably intense, immersive introduction, ‘I Blocked My Dealer’ flits between grime, trap and hip-hop with an infectious personality immediately of Benny’s own. Cut through the unsettling electronics and twists in tempo, and there’s a surprisingly cautionary tale.
Benny Mails is a South-London-based artist of restless creativity. Brought up in the midst of London’s grime scene whilst also listening to heroes like Nas on the one hand and the discovery of his family’s funk and jazz records on the other, his early experiences of playing live weren’t that of a typical MC: Benny breakdanced and performed contemporary dance from a young age, with surreal teenage encounters with the likes of b-boy legend Crazy Legs and the Zulu Nation.
Developing an innate sense for rhythm and flow inevitably filtered into his songwriting, which has already received early co-signs from the likes of Loyle Carner, Jorja Smith, NTS and Rinse. He’s just getting started on ‘I Blocked My Dealer’, but Benny Mails’ is a call to answer this year.
‘I Blocked My Dealer’ on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5usmmYLHCqsBsRz0JuCalz