Interview: Nairrad Benjamin

Today, we will be introducing our NoExpectations4Us viewers and music lovers to the amazingly authentic artist, @NairradBenjamin (Instagram name). Nairrad Benjamin, aka Darrian Smith, is a 23 year old musician from Atlanta, Georgia, zone 3 to be exact, that has been tearing up the Atlanta airwaves for many years.  He has allowed our team to ask him a few questions, so that the public can get a glimpse of the man and the artist, so here you go.  tumblr_npdfay6N0u1u0hdmqo1_1280

Question: What schools did you attend (high school and or college)?

Answer: Columbia High School Decatur, GA and Alabama State University Montgomery, Alabama.

Question: Did you graduate from college? Why or why not?

Answer: No, I dropped out to take care of my daughter.

Question: What is your craft?

Answer: I am a musician.

Question:  Did any level of school influence your music? If so, how?

Answer: I was in band in middle school.

Question: I remember when your stage name used to be D Phresh, why did you change it to Nairrad Benjamin?

Answer: I wanted to recreate my brand.

Question: How would you describe your musical flow and your musical sound?

Answer: My sound is a fusion just like the city where I’m from. Arrested development to Outkast to TLC to Future to Nairrad Benjamin.

Question: Have you produced a mixtape recently? If so, what’s the name of it?

Answer: I have a new EP on soundcloud called RUBY. download

Question: What is your favorite song that you have created thus far in your musical career? Why?

Answer: Anything new is my favorite. I’m an artist.

Question: What song does your fans like the most? Why do you think that is?

Answer: I wrote a song called Rehab, and I get a great response to it.

Question: Was it difficult getting to where you are now? Why or why not?

Answer: It takes a 1000 hours to perfect something. I’ve been recording since I was 14. I put in a lot of time.

Question: Name 2 of your favorite Hip-Hop artists. Explain why.

Answer: I like Ty Dolla Sign and Drake, they’re awesome writers.

Question: Do you feel that your music can be listened to by all types of people or is it catered to a certain group of people?

Answer:  Yes, I do. I’ve traveled the world and played my music. That’s my ultimate goal as an artist, to reach the world.

Question: Do feel rappers like Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, and Future have created the ‘ATL New wave’ sound for other ATL artists to follow? Why or why not?

Answer: I don’t care what or who anyone follows. I’m going to continue to make music I love to make.

Question: Do you feel like the rest of the country, especially Hip-Hop artists, imitate the ‘ATL new wave’ sound to have popular music? Why or why not?

Answer:  Again, I don’t care what or who anyone follows. I’m going to continue to make the music I love to make. However, southern culture is trendy in Hip-Hop now, but I don’t make Hip-Hop. 543213_10150899693352755_1824370617_n

Question: Does your fashion sense or style compliment your music or vice versa? If so, how?

Answer: I’m particular about everything from my fashion to my music. Checkout my Tumblr.

Question: If you had a chance to sign with a major recording label or stay an independent artist, which one would you choose? Why?

Answer: Right now it’s Regency Park Records and we’re looking for distribution!

Question:  What do you do for fun or self-expression besides create authentic music?

Answer: I love getting tattoos and shooting guns!! Lots of drugs and girls.

Question: Do you consider yourself to be an ‘expectation breaker’? Why or why not?

Answer:  I don’t set limits. I don’t hear expectation. I attempt to excel at everything I do.

To follow Nairrad Benjamin’s musically and social movement, he wants you to “Stalk me on snapchat: Nairrad Benjamin and download RUBY! I love you”, so show him some love!

https://soundcloud.com/nairradbenjamin/sets/regency-park-2-ruby-ep

Published by NoExpectations4Us

No Expectations 4 Us is a group of intelligent, creative, artistic, and inspiring young people willing to push the limits of societal expectations and voice the issues of today. We want to show the world a first look of up and coming artists, musicians, entrepreneur, writers, videographers, comedians, actresses, etc. These young people are following their dreams in any and every field and industry they step in, and refuse to look back. We share videos and posts of interviews on issues such as music, poetry, race, gender/ gender roles, religion, non-religion, spirituality, sexuality, love/hate and any other controversial issue that can be debated. We publish your views. We voice your opinions. We show your photos, and we acknowledge your accomplishments to show the world how amazing the youth is.

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