My Grandma's Basement

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My Grandma's Basement
My Grandma's Basement Jarren Benton.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 11, 2013
Recorded2012-2013
GenreHip hop, Horrorcore
Length70:48
LabelFunk Volume
ProducerKato, M16, Oh, Planet VI, Roc N' Mayne, SMKA, Spitzwell, The Kraken
Singles from My Grandma's Basement
  1. "Razor Blades and Steak Knives"
    Released: April 3, 2013[1]

My Grandma's Basement is the debut studio album by American rapper Jarren Benton. My Grandma's Basement was released on June 11, 2013 by independent record label Funk Volume.[2] After releasing three mixtapes,The Beatgods Present Jarren Benton, Huffing Glue With Hasslehoff and Freebasing With Kevin Bacon, Jarren Benton signed to Hopsin's record label Funk Volume and begun work on his debut album, which would be titled, My Grandma's Basement. The album was supported by the single "Razor Blades and Steak Knives".[3] The album also features guest appearances from Dizzy Wright, Hopsin, RA the Rugged Man, SwizZz, Vinnie Paz among others, along with production from Kato, SMKA, Planet VI, and Spitzwell among others.

Background[edit]

After releasing three mixtapes, The Beatgods Present Jarren Benton, Huffing Glue With Hasslehoff and Freebasing With Kevin Bacon, Jarren Benton signed to Hopsin's record label Funk Volume and begun work on his debut album, which would be titled, My Grandma's Basement. Benton explained his mindset going into his debut album saying, "This album has a different vibe. It’s a lot more personal stuff so people can learn who Jarren is." He also said it will feature a more refined production sound that translates more to his ambitions of being a household name.[4]

Release and promotion[edit]

In late 2012, Benton toured internationally with Funk Volume label mates, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, SwizZz and DJ Hoppa for two-months, which included 54 shows in 60 days in the United States, Europe, and Australia.[5] Following the album's release, he released music videos for multiple songs including "Go Off", "Life In the Jungle" and "We On (My Own Dick)" among others.[6] From August 1-August 19, 2013 Benton toured the United States on the Grandma's Basement Tour, his first solo headlining tour.[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

My Grandma's Basement debuted and peaked at number 152 on the Billboard 200 and number four on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[9]
HipHopDX3/5 stars[10]
Smoking Section(positive)[11]

My Grandma's Basement was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic gave the album a three out of five star rating saying, "With most of his lyrics lapsing into the violent specifics of how he deals with the people who cross him, but as much as shock value plays a role in the rhymes, unlike similar-minded artists like Earl Sweatshirt and the Odd Future crew, Benton's brand of horrorcore features trap beats that are made for booming speakers rather than creeping out listeners."[12] Homer Johnsen of HipHopDX also gave a three out of five star review stating, "Benton’s array of flows is very impressive, but his rhymes are oftentimes more for shock value than true creativity. For some, this will likely limit the album’s replay value. It is as if his darker motives are justified by these flashes of artistic ingenuity, and his occasional touches of humor keep the listener interested."[10]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Yaya" (skit)-0:06
2."Razor Blades & Steak Knives" (featuring Hemi)Kato4:05
3."Life In the Jungle"Kato3:38
4."Don't Act"Kato3:23
5."Big Rube Interlude"-1:35
6."Dreams"Spittzwell4:20
7."The Way It Goes" (featuring Planet VI)Reckless DEX5:09
8."Cadillacs & Chevys"Roc N' Mayne4:06
9."Heart Attack"The Kraken4:16
10."My Adidas"Kato4:06
11."Smells Like" (featuring R.A. the Rugged Man and Mic Buddah)Spittzwell3:53
12."Even More No Homo" (skit)Spittzwell3:37
13."Bully" (featuring Vinnie Paz)Kato3:40
14."I Deserve It"Kato3:24
15."Go Off" (featuring SwizZz and Hopsin)M163:41
16."We On (My Own Dick)" (featuring Dizzy Wright and Pounds)Kato4:47
17."PBR & Reefer"SMKA3:43
18."OJ" (featuring Elz Jenkins)Kato4:29
19."My Grandma's Basement"Oh4:00

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[8] 152
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[8] 4
US Billboard Independent Albums[8] 39
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[8] 16
US Billboard Rap Albums[8] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Razor Blades and Steak Knives (feat. Hemi) - Single by Jarren Benton". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  2. ^ "My Grandma's Basement: Jarren Benton: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
  3. ^ "Jarren Benton - My Grandma's Basement - Download & Stream". Djbooth.net. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  4. ^ http://www.myfunkvolume.com. "Jarren Benton | Funk VolumeFunk Volume". Myfunkvolume.com. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  5. ^ "Hopsin Announces Funk Volume 2012 Tour with Dizzy Wright, SwizZz & Jarren Benton [Video] | XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2012-08-16. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
  6. ^ Jarren Benton f/ Hopsin & SwizZz "Go Off" | Complex
  7. ^ Jarren Benton Announces "Grandma's Basement Tour" Dates | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Jarren Benton | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  9. ^ "My Grandma's Basement - Jarren Benton".
  10. ^ a b Johnsen, Homer (2013-06-10). "Jarren Benton - My Grandma's Basement | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Reviews". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  11. ^ Raj (2013-07-06). "100-Word Review - Jarren Benton's 'My Grandma's Basement' | The Smoking Section". Smokingsection.uproxx.com. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  12. ^ My Grandmas Basement - Jarren Benton | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic