Taylor Bennett (rapper)

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Taylor Bennett
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Taylor Bennett in 2014
Background information
Birth nameTaylor Matthew Bennett
Born (1996-01-19) January 19, 1996 (age 22)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2013–present
LabelsTay Bennett Entertainment
Associated acts

Taylor Matthew Bennett (born January 19, 1996) is an American hip hop recording artist. He released an album titled Broad Shoulders featuring artists such as Donnie Trumpet, King Louie, and his older brother Chance the Rapper. He is from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. His tour DJ for live shows is UK based Gambian DJ Boy Scattrel.

Early life[edit]

Taylor Bennett's father, Ken Williams-Bennett worked for the Mayor of Chicago and his mother Lisa Bennett formerly worked for the attorney general, who ensured that he would pursue his dreams while also making it through school.[1] He attended Urban Prep High School.[1] He and his brother demonstrated an interest in the arts very early on, rapping with each other and building their skills.[2]

In 2014, Bennett and Jake Kalmin, his manager at the time, were charged with aggravated battery for allegedly severely injuring a teenage Columbia College Chicago student at a party.[3] They beat the victim badly after he stepped on Bennett's shoe.

Music career[edit]

Much like his brother, Bennett has developed a unique sound and style of rapping.[2] 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. He also claims that Kanye West's College Dropout had a significant role in his ability to see the fun-loving side of music.[1]

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 2014.[4] Following his success, he and his brother released a track "Broad Shoulders", which is also the title track of one of his most recent mixtapes.[5]

In 2015, Bennett released mixtape "Broad Shoulders". It features artists such as Logan Parks, Talia Stewart and Jordan Bratton, most of whom are native Chicagoans.[5] This was also his first full album without any elements sampled from preexisting songs.[6] In July 2018, Bennett released a single titled "Rock n Roll" along with the video from his upcoming EP, "Be Yourself".[7]

Personal life[edit]

On January 18, 2017, Bennett came out as bisexual on his Twitter account before his 21st birthday.[8]

Legal Issues[edit]

On October 17, 2014 an article was released from dnainfo reported that Bennett was involved in an altercation at a house party in his native city of Chicago 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 a $75,000 bond.[9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Album details
Broad Shoulders[10]
  • Released: December 14, 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Restoration of an American Idol[11]
  • Released: February 24, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Be Yourself[12]
  • Released: July 13, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Mixtape details
The Taylor Bennett Show[13]
Mainstream Music[14]
  • Released: May 1, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Restoration of an American Idol[15]
  • Released: February 24, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Throw Aways: Unmixed[16]
  • Released: August 19, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Soundcloud Playlist

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title EP details
Freshman Year:First Semester[17]
  • Released: October 15, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Dance
"Holiday"[18]
(James The Mormon featuring Taylor Bennett)
2017 Non-album singles
"Sleepless"[19]
(Melo Makes Music featuring Taylor Bennett)
"Views of You"[20]
(Sofi de la Torre featuring Taylor Bennett)
Another. Not me. I'm Done.
"Walls"[21]
(Madds featuring Taylor Bennett and Emilie Brandt)
Non-album single
"New World"[22]
(Krewella and Yellow Claw featuring Taylor Bennett)
29
[23]
New World Pt. 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Karpowicz, Katie (2014-03-03). "Taylor Bennett Is Headed For Big Things, Just As Soon As He Graduates High School". Chicagoist.com. Archived from the original on 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  2. ^ a b Zack Green (2015-11-30). "Chance the Rapper's brother, Taylor Bennett, sounds an awful lot like him". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  3. ^ Kyle Holley (2014-10-27). "Rap star's brother charged with assault of a Columbia student". Columbia Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  4. ^ Michael Douglas Loring (2014-07-30). "[WATCH] Local go pro: Taylor Bennett opens for Nas at Lollapalooza aftershow". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  5. ^ a b "Taylor Bennett | Free Listening on SoundCloud". Soundcloud.com. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  6. ^ Spanos, Brittany (2015-11-19). "Hear Chance the Rapper Join Brother on 'Broad Shoulders'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  7. ^ "Taylor Bennett shares "Rock 'N' Roll" music video". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  8. ^ "Chance The Rapper's Brother Taylor Bennett Reveals He's Bisexual". Billboard. January 19, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  9. ^ Meyer, Erin (October 17, 2014). "Chance the Rapper's Brother Charged with Beating Man at Party: Prosecutors". Retrieved 13 February 2018.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Stream Taylor Bennett's New Album 'Broad Shoulders'". Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "Stream Taylor Bennett's New Album 'Restoration of an American Idol'". Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  12. ^ "Be Yourself - EP by Taylor Bennett". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "Taylor Bennett - Taylor Bennett Show Mixtape - Stream & Download". Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "Taylor Bennett - Mainstream Music - Download & Listen [New Mixtape]". Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  15. ^ "Stream Taylor Bennett's 'Restoration of an American Idol' Album - XXL". Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  16. ^ "Taylor Bennett - Throw Aways: Unmixed". Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  17. ^ "Stream Taylor Bennett's New EP "Freshmen Year: 1st Semester"". Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  18. ^ "Holiday (feat. Taylor Bennett) - Single by James The Mormon". iTunes. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  19. ^ "Sleepless (feat. Taylor Bennett) - Single by Melo Makes Music". iTunes. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  20. ^ "Views of You (feat. Taylor Bennett) - Single by Sofi de la Torre". iTunes. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  21. ^ "Walls (feat. Taylor Bennett & Emilie Brandt) - Single by Madds". iTunes. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  22. ^ "New World (feat. Taylor Bennett) - Single by Krewella & Yellow Claw". iTunes. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  23. ^ "Dance/Electronic Songs: October 14, 2017". Billboard. Retrieved October 3, 2017.