Cole Bennett

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Cole Bennett
Cole Bennett.png
Cole Bennett in August 2021
Born (1996-05-14) May 14, 1996 (age 26)
Occupation
  • Business executive
  • music video director
  • filmmaker
YouTube information
Subscribers20 million
(July 11, 2022)
Total views9.7 billion
(July 11, 2022)
Websitelyricallemonade.com

Cole Bennett (born May 14, 1996) is an American business executive, videographer, and music video director. His multimedia company, Lyrical Lemonade, started in 2013 as an internet blog while he was in high school.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cole Bennett was born on May 14, 1996, in Plano, Illinois. He went to Plano High School and Oakley Therapeutic Boarding School. He dropped out of DePaul University to focus on his career in videography and hip hop music, something he wanted to do since childhood.[2]

Lyrical Lemonade[edit]

Bennett originally founded Lyrical Lemonade as an internet blog when he was a high school student in Plano, Illinois. His mother came up with the blog's name and gave him a video camera. He began directing music videos for local Chicago rappers, including Vic Mensa and Taylor Bennett, which he uploaded onto the Lyrical Lemonade channel, along with live show recaps, cyphers, documentaries and interviews.[3]

The channel then expanded into other sub-genres of hip hop beyond the local Chicago scene, such as the emerging Soundcloud rap sub-genre. In 2016 and early 2017, he gained early recognition, working with artists such as Famous Dex, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp and Ski Mask the Slump God. On April 7, 2017, he released his first short film, "Lone Springs". In August 2017, he directed the music video for the Lil Xan single, "Betrayed", which was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2018.[4] He later directed numerous music videos for hit songs, which include Ski Mask the Slump God's "BabyWipe", Lil Skies' "Red Roses" and "Nowadays" and YBN Nahmir's "Bounce Out with That".

In May 2018, he directed the music video for Chicago rapper Juice Wrld's "Lucid Dreams", which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5][6] The video has surpassed 830 million views on YouTube, becoming his most popular video on the channel. He has since worked with mainstream figures in hip hop such as J. Cole,[7] Wiz Khalifa,[8] Kanye West,[9] and Eminem.[10]

In March 2020, he directed the music video for Eminem's hit single "Godzilla".[11] The video itself features cameos from Dr. Dre and Mike Tyson.[12] It gained 13 million views in 24 hours.[13] In December 2020, in his second collaboration with Eminem, Bennett directed the music video for the rapper's single "Gnat".[14]

Impact[edit]

Lyrical Lemonade has contributed to the rise of various rappers such as Lil Pump (left) and Ski Mask the Slump God (right).

Bennett's Lyrical Lemonade frequently promotes and contributes to the rise of upcoming rappers.[15] Examples of this include Lil Pump, whose appearance on Lyrical Lemonade elevated his popularity to a certain extent.[16] Other examples include Pump's friend and frequent collaborator Smokepurpp, Juice Wrld, Ski Mask the Slump God, YNW Melly, Lil Tecca, NLE Choppa, Lil Mosey, and Jack Harlow.[17]

Pitchfork named Ski Mask the Slump God's 2017 "Catch Me Outside" music video, which was directed by Bennett, one of their favorite music videos of the 2010s.[18]

Other ventures[edit]

Bennett has also ventured into creating merchandise and lemonade beverages under the Lyrical Lemonade name. He said, "I really want to compete with Minute Maid and all of the elite lemonade and juice companies and I really think we can do that."[19]

In February 2020, Lyrical Lemonade collaborated with Jordan Brand. The collection included an Aerospace 720 shoe, a hooded sweatshirt, and a long sleeve t-shirt.[20] In April 2020, Lyrical Lemonade collaborated with streetwear brand FTP. The collection included a hooded sweatshirt, a t-shirt, and co-branded cans of lemonade.[21]

Bennett hosts a music festival called Summer Smash every year. It is presented by independent Chicago-based event production label SPKRBX.[22]

Accolades[edit]

Award ceremony Year Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
BET Hip Hop Awards 2020 Video Director of the Year Himself Nominated [23]
2021 Nominated [24]
Streamy Awards 2019 Directing Lyrical Lemonade Nominated [25]
2020 Cinematography Nominated [26]

Videography[edit]

List of music videos directed, showing year released[27]
Year Title Artist
2013 "Call of the Wild" Bnova
2014 "IDK" Mojek
"Meditate" Roy French
"On My Way" Meeko Fly
"Grindin'" Lou Era
"Splash" Roy French
"Prey" (featuring Lou Era) Matt Whise
"Baller in Me" Spenzo
"Crack & French" (featuring Lou French) Chris Crack
"Bang Bang" (featuring CC Delight) The Rap God
2015 "Sittin' on Ceilings" (featuring Jinx the Natural) Roy French
"Pay Day" Marcus Nogood
"Dripstyle" Roy French
"Prom Dress" Spiff Meylor (Gabryel)
2016 "Ski Mask" Smokepurpp
"Run Around + Ridiculous" Famous Dex
"WittaGang" Duffle Bag Buru
"Fuck Up a Sack" Lil Yachty and K$upreme
"Jakobe" Roy French
"When I Walk" Brace Boogie and Lil Messi
"Morning Light" Shawty The Kidd
"On My Waist" Warhol.ss and Famous Dex
"Like That" (featuring TheMIND) NuWorld Kayo
"Shoot" Famous Dex
"2017 Freestyle" Cdot Honcho
"Bag It" Famous Dex
"With Yo B!tch"
"Lineup" (featuring Hot Headzz) TC
"Free Man" Lil Messi, Brace Boogie and Diary Love
"Yung Andy" Warhol.ss
"Get It"
"Look Like" Yung Pinch
"For the Winter" Melly Flex
"F*cked Up" Chuck Frost
2017 "Cold Front" Xavier Wulf
"Achoo!" Keith Ape and Ski Mask the Slump God
"Мне Похуй" FACE
"Trust Me" LOREN
"Can't Tell Me Nothing" J.R. Donato
"Stuck Boi" Warhol.ss
"Let's Get It" (featuring Yung Bizzle) 006 SET
"D Rose" Lil Pump
"Fuck a Swisher" Smokepurpp and Xavier Wulf
"Sorry" B Bandz
"Calling Me" Pollàri
"Po It" Ali Profit
"Zaytiggy" Cdot Honcho
"4 Real" Prince Tre
"Spread" Duffle Bag Buru and Isaiah G
"Scary Sight" Xavier Wulf, Chris Travis and Big E
"Know About It" Allan Kingdom
"With Yo B! tch (Remix)" Famous Dex and MadeinTYO
"Flex Like Ouu" Lil Pump
"Kamikaze" Saudi Money
"BVNDGXD" CHXPO
"Xans" Famous Dex
"02 Shit" Cdot Honcho
"Bust Back" Duffle Bag Buru
"Ballin'" Mod Sun
"USED 2" RARRI
"Kinfolk" Riley PnP
"Pictures" Lil Tracy
"18" Landon Cube
"Lil Elroy Jetson" Pollàri
"12ozs" Warhol.ss
"Catch Me Outside" Ski Mask the Slump God
"CEO" (featuring Kapfe) Kap G
"Talkin Sh*t" Famous Dex and Lil Pump
"Regrets" Smokepurpp
"Credit" G. E. O
"Heart Racin'" PnB Rock
"I Don't Need Them" Ralo
"Betrayed" Lil Xan
"Dirty Taurus" (featuring Rich the Kid) Ant Beale
"Trap" Nike Boi
"BabyWipe" Ski Mask the Slump God
"No Limit" Duffle Bag Buru
"Blue & Green" Diego Money
"IlàrKelly" Pollàri
"Rack City/Love Scars 2" (featuring Antionia and Chris King) Trippie Redd
"Red Roses" (featuring Landon Cube) Lil Skies
"I Hate Being Alive" Supa Bwe
"Dresser" Yung Bans
"InXanity" $teven Cannon
"Wokstar" Lil Wop
"Another One" Cdot Honcho
"Act Up" Thouxanbanfauni and Uno the Activist
"Nowadays" (featuring Landon Cube) Lil Skies
"Lonely" (featuring Lil Skies) Yung Bans
2018 "Learn How to Watch" (featuring Mac Miller and MadeinTYO) Carnage
"Bounce Out with That" YBN Nahmir
"All Girls Are the Same" Juice Wrld
"Lucid Dreams"
"Change Lanes" Kevin Gates
"Creeping" (featuring Rich the Kid) Lil Skies
"Noticed" Lil Mosey
"Fr Fr" (featuring Lil Skies) Wiz Khalifa
"Walk" Comethazine
"Magic in the Hamptons" (featuring Lil Yachty) Social House
"Kamikaze" Lil Mosey
"No Issue" Future & Juice Wrld
"Armed and Dangerous" Juice Wrld
"Off Deez" (featuring J. Cole) J.I.D
"Bleed It" Blueface
2019 "Mixed Personalities" (featuring Kanye West) YNW Melly
"Thotiana Remix" (featuring YG) Blueface
"Robbery" Juice Wrld
"Thotiana Remix" (featuring Cardi B) Blueface
"Faucet Failure" Ski Mask the Slump God
"i" Lil Skies
"Crisis" Jasiah
"Have Mercy" YBN Cordae
"Kill Tek Piece" Warhol.ss and Lil Mosey
"Bust Down Cartier" Lil Mosey
"Ransom" Lil Tecca
"Death Note" (featuring Lil Skies and Craig Xen) Gnar
"Stop Snitchin Remix" (featuring DaBaby) YG
"Shotta Flow Remix" (featuring Blueface) NLE Choppa
"Bussdown" (featuring Offset) Blueface
"Green Light" Lil Durk
"Out of Luck" Lil Tecca
"Camelot" NLE Choppa
"Snake Skin" Trippie Redd
"Bandit" (featuring NBA YoungBoy) Juice Wrld
"Nuketown" (featuring Juice Wrld) Ski Mask the Slump God
"Let Her Go" The Kid Laroi
"Mistakes" TheHxliday
2020 "Whats Poppin" Jack Harlow
"Diva" (featuring Lil Tecca) The Kid Laroi
"IDK" Lil Tecca
"Thief in the Night" Rod Wave
"Godzilla" (featuring Juice Wrld) Eminem
"Far from You" Rich the Kid
"Blueberry Faygo" Lil Mosey
"AI Nash" NBA YoungBoy
"Save Me" TheHxliday
"Tell Me U Luv Me" (featuring Trippie Redd) Juice Wrld
"Shotta Flow 5" NLE Choppa
"21" Polo G
"3 Headed Goat" (featuring Lil Baby & Polo G) Lil Durk
"Tell Me Why" The Kid Laroi
"Burn the Hoods" Ski Mask the Slump God
"Lemonade"[28] (featuring Gunna, Nav and Don Toliver) Internet Money
"Gifted" (featuring Roddy Ricch) Cordae
"Baby" Blueface
"On God" Mulatto
"Dolly" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert) Lil Tecca
"Revenge" $not
"Mean" (featuring Flo Milli)
"So Done" The Kid Laroi
"Lost Ones" Daniyel
"What to Do!" Danny Towers
"Coco" (featuring DaBaby) 24kGoldn
"Gnat" Eminem
2021 "Bad Boy" (featuring Young Thug) Juice Wrld
"Kanye Krazy" Lil Durk
"GNF (OKOKOK)" Polo G
"Calabasas" (featuring $not) SSGKobe
"Whipski" (featuring Lil Skies) $not
"Knock Knock" SoFaygo
"His & Hers" (featuring Don Toliver, Lil Uzi Vert and Gunna) Internet Money
"Tell Em" (featuring $not) Cochise
"House Party" DCG Shun & DCG Bsavv
"Motley Crew" Post Malone
"MIA" SSGKobe
"14" BabySantana & KA$HDAMI
"Money on Me" Lil Tecca
"Toxicity" YTB Trench
"Papercuts" Machine Gun Kelly
"1984" Glaive
"Who Want Smoke??" (featuring Lil Durk, 21 Savage and G Herbo) Nardo Wick
"Yae Energy" Lil Yachty
"Life Goes On" (featuring Trippie Redd & Ski Mask the Slump God) Oliver Tree
"Alien Sex" Ski Mask the Slump God
2022 "Still Countin" Yeat
"Poppin"
"What Happened to Virgil" (featuring Gunna) Lil Durk
"I Feel Funny" Justin Bieber
"Honest" (featuring Don Toliver)
"Emperor of the Universe" BabyTron
"Talk About Me"
(featuring JID, Denzel Curry and Kid Cudi)
Dot da Genius
"Doja" Central Cee
"Burning Up" (featuring The Kid Laroi) Nardo Wick
"Coincidence" Lucki
"Out thë Way" Yeat
"Backstage Passes" (featuring Jack Harlow) EST Gee

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