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For an artist with serious mainstream aspirations, Decatur, Georgia’s Jarren Benton has spent his career going against the grain. One of Funk Volume’s premiere acts, Jarren admits, “I love the music I do now. I do it in the safe-mode.” That’s rather shocking for an artist whose last album, Freebasing With Kevin Bacon lived up to its name, at least in attitude and style, evident on single “Skitzo.” He continues, “I want to take it a lil’ further. I just haven’t had the balls to go all the way there yet, ‘cause I presently want to keep a foot in the mainstream too.”
However, courage is not something Benton’s music or live show is lacking. Studied in the anything-goes showmanship of Prince, Marilyn Manson and Method Man, Jarren shares, “The essence of giving of a good show is not givin’ a fuck,” he says, while pointing to stage-diving, beer-chugging and more depending on the night’s particular vibe. This type of authenticity, balanced with intricate, golden ear-informed lyricism has attracted attention from Erick Sermon (EPMD, Redman) to No I.D. (Common, Kanye West) in courting Jarren to potential major label deals. However for the father and family provider, only indie juggernaut Funk Volume really voiced his biggest concerns. “All I was asking for was progress. I just wanted to know that what I was doing was the right move – especially chasing a dream with a family.” Funk Volume offered what Def Jam and the others weren’t – and in recent years, Jarren has been able to support his family and his dreams simultaneously.
In addition to Funk Volume, which Jarren refers to as “family,” the rapper maintains strong ties in the Atlanta community, such as Rittz, Playboy Tre, Spitzwell and his SMKA affiliates. “It’s the best of both worlds,” says Jarren, of playing a significant role in a respected collective of talent, as well as being an artist in one of the most powerful new labels in Hip Hop. “We all still came from that era about lyricism, even if you were making Southern music.”
After two successful digital releases and a video fast-approaching one million YouTube plays, Jarren is hard at work on what will inevitably be his biggest album to date. Following the star-filled supporting cast of Freebasing With Kevin Bacon and Huffin’ Glue With Hasselhoff, the comedic emcee promises to break from the series with a purpose in mind. “This one has a different vibe. It’s a lot more personal stuff so people can learn who Jarren is,” he says, also suggesting more refined production that translates more to his ambitions of being a household name. In the same vein, that courage Jarren felt was missing is brewing on his upcoming work. The vet points to “Heart Attack” and “Smells Like Murder” with R.A. The Rugged Man as some of the most conceptual, dazzling work he’s recorded to date.
“From my ranges of influence, I think a lot fans appreciate my personalities, but they don’t really get into the music… yet,” admits Benton of his available catalog. The stakes are high and the time is right for the man who has pursued a dream for a decade. “I love this. I’m not driven by money, but I’m conscious of making music that can be universally appreciated.” It is coming to life for an artist closely connected with the tenants of Hip Hop: style, skill and absolutely not givin’ a fuck.

85 Responses to “Jarren Benton”

  1. Mark June 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    If i send you one of my tracks can you give me a little constructive criticism?

    • Jay April 12, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      Funk Volume has no one from the east coast and hardly do shows out here like that I want you to listen to BLUE LUCHIANO out of NYC and consider him being a part of the movement
      you tube : blue luchiano
      – Ill story
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      • Carl December 4, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

        Georgia is on the east coast

  2. Cobby187 June 4, 2013 at 4:35 am #

    Jarren Cant wait to see you in Melbourne at 1 :)

  3. juanCinco June 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Jerron, you are DOPE, period. Keep it up!


  4. John Campbell June 5, 2013 at 3:40 am #

    Jarren, I know your a insanely busy person.
    If you are ever in the central Florida and are able to stop in a town called Lakeland,.. well theres a person or two that need to see and hear a true artist in person. Mainstream views are generally shit in the rap world and people think its all about money. It is about the money but thats not it is. Me being a small time artist I know that feeling you get when on a stage. It would be crazy. Hopsin, Dizzy, Swizzz, you are all insanely real and I wish all you could just pop up and show lakelands scene what music is.
    If you do check this I do appreciate your time. Thanks and much love to all of FV.

    -sincerely John C. Aka ReJecT

    • Yung Fletch December 20, 2013 at 4:27 am #

      Happnin Jarren you crazy ass fucking porn sheep! you need to get to the uk so i can bump to your shit, more specifically Scotland, edinburgh so i can show you how to really get fucked up 😉

    • Ethan Yakhin December 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

      lol man I live right next to there, in auburndale!!!

  5. Masa-K June 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    I can’t wait for my copy of your album to ship. I’m looking forward to listening to it on my rides to work.

  6. D-Bow June 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    Pre-ordered this and I have to say this has to be one of the best albums I’ve listened to in awhile.

  7. Jake K June 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    All I have to say is keep doing your thing, man. Your new album is fucking sick, and I’m looking forward to anything else you put out in the future.

  8. Oliver Presley June 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Don’t forget about Lubbock, Tx man. We showed you mad love when you rolled through here on the Funk Volume tour.

  9. Ty Burris June 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    Absolutely love it all man! Keep up all the good work, please!

  10. Connor R June 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    I started listen to your music around the time you released “Razor Blades and Steak Knives” and it just blew my mind. Your new album is awesome, Favorite song is definetly “Heart Attack”!!

  11. dev l June 26, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    Hey man, I would never listen to rappers spitting about drugs and shit like that thats why I always liked hopsin which got me into dizzy wright and swizZz but then I heard you, although you did rap about that stuff it didnt bother me cuz you had so much talent and you seem intellengent. Respect man. It would be awesome if you did a collab with t.I

    • jj July 4, 2013 at 12:44 am #

      nigga you say T.I.?! why would that be good?! rethink yo statement mane

      • Chase May July 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

        he dont gotta rethink shit TI sucks a fatty in comparison

      • Jason July 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

        You crack me up to say he needs to collab with T.I smh fuck the industry jarren kills shit he’s on a whole nother level then ti. Jarren can’t wait to see u in COLUMBUS me an my cuzin goin to be there keep doin what your doin freebasing in my grandmothers basement Is gonna blow u up shit goes in lyrically I love your music man

        • WhiiiteNoooiiise September 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

          What yall niggas dont understand tho, is it aint about whos better than who, rappin is an art, a way of expressing yourself, Jarren has his own style, just like Dizzy has his own style, Hop, SwizZz , every rapper has their own unique way of spittin, but all that matters is that the Rappers like Jarren and Diz and all these niggas keep droppin hits and we as the fans keep that shit turnt up and show mad love bcuz thats really what its all about.

  12. Carson Miller June 28, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    I love Jarren’s music. It gets my soooo hyped. Me and my friends put on a song by him and start a mosh pit. keep up with the good work

  13. Chase May July 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Love the shit man would kill a mother fucker for ya, pre ordered and loved the shit for sure cant wait to listen to more shit in the future. Love the reaction from everyone i work with basically same as beginning of go off.

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  15. Morgan July 20, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Jarren Benton is probably my new favorite rapper. Fuck the new hip-hop. I’m beyond glad that I found Funk Volume! Keep doing your thing! :)

  16. Steven July 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Jarren! I could have just downloaded your album for free but I spent the extra money and bought it just out of respect for you and your work. You’re raw as fuck and you know it man.

  17. Jason July 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Not comein to San Diego?? Wack

  18. Jacob July 27, 2013 at 3:02 am #

    hey benton. i was at your prince bandroom concert with my older brother shay. The one who you could his biggest fan. THANKS for signing my copy of My grandmas basement.

  19. Aaron the Arab July 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    I started with hopsin which worked to swizZz(who has so much more talent then hopsin) back when they signed dizzy and then I heard benton who is by far the best rapper at FV SwizZz and Benton don’t get enough hype like hopsin which sucks cause Benton kills any beat you put him on

    • WhiiiteNoooiiise September 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      Nigga fuck you, they all go in boii, You better recognize.

    • Wolfgang March 21, 2015 at 3:09 am #

      Dead wrong they all beast but hop is best then jarren then dizzy wright then swizZz

  20. Steve August 14, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    Where’s the Kendrick response, Man?!?! You can scare people. Everybody knows you’re holding back.

  21. Yosi Leon August 24, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    Jarren !! Please listen to my friend amp’s music !! please please ! im trying for him to make it ! hes been pushed down by so many people please give him a chance !!!

  22. Eric Taylor August 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    I would like to thank Jarren Benton for signing my CD in Atlanta, GA on August 2nd. I am i huge fan of FV as a whole your talented and style is sooo off the charts for me i cant get away from it. everytime i introduce your music to ppl i tell them ” alright man hope your ready for THE BENTON cuz shit its about to get real, open ur ears and appreciate “.

    god bless man ur fucking awesome

  23. Palermo August 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    Jarren when you coming to upstate NY Can’t wait to see you. NoHomo!

  24. Stocklone September 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    My Grandma’s Basement is the best album I’ve heard in 2013. I keep going back to it and never get tired of it. I keep telling everyone to listen to it.

  25. Ian September 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Yo Jarren come to Arizona dude !

  26. Ray October 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    1.) Your weird as hell.

    2.) Finally Something I can relate to.

    3.) Why do you compare yourself to the devil?

  27. John October 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    No love for Texas? That’s OK we will drive to Denver on the 16th!

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  29. Josh November 2, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    Jarren !?!? What happened to you at your Nov 1st show man!?! You were they only reason I went all the way out to diamonds to that show and when you time slot came up the dj stalled forever…I couldn’t even buy one of your shirts , no one ever showed up to your booth and towards the end of the night all your stuff was just gone from your booth!?

  30. Jesse Head November 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Jarren, you are my favorite rapper and when you come to lawrence im gonna be back stage with you,, so ill see you there,,,keep up that real shit tho

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    Hey man. I love your music. Come to Boston! All of you Funk Volume cats are talented MC’s.

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  34. Ethan T December 19, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    Youre a really talented guy Jarren, keep it up and I cant wait for your next album. Turnt up for life!!

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    hey jarren u go in my dude!!!! if u get a chance check msome of my tracks out would like any advice u could give

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  44. Veronica June 17, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    I knew when Megan and I met you at the EMPIRE a year or so ago, you were heading to the top! Not only can you perform but you’re down to earth as well. Love your sound! Best listened to by huge speakers as long as you can be seen in action! I’m thrilled for you and your family! Please come to the NORVA. Maybe you can call us up there :)

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  46. Amber Twedt July 27, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    Much love! Keep it up Jarren. It was nice to meet n get a big hug from u at the independent grind tour in st.paul and the funk volume tour! I cherish the shirt u singed after kato n put “is a bitch” underneath his lmao still makes me geek the fuck out. I wish they lined u up right before tech n krizzz but what do u do right, well anyways like I said when I met u, keep it up n once again much love from MN!

  47. Dental August 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    Your sick as fuck! Heard ur songs Bully with Vinnie Paz and Skizzo. Man you got some real shit here. Glad u stayin real, respect.

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  53. Shane October 10, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Thats true, ppl don’t completely feel Jarrens music. Feeling Jarrens music, actually listening to lyrics and context. Jarrens #1 in my book.

  54. Steve October 16, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    Hopsin got me out of the matrix of brain washing bullshit garbage rap.. His company SwizzZ also is an extremely talented dude who has raw metaphors. Dizzy is the future of main he’s the actual trippy hippy, fuck Wiz although Wiz is Jesus compared to a lot of goblin fuck main stream artists. Jarren is a monster with words and his metaphors put me in shock and he’s hilarious! FV on repeat also SM!!!

  55. Nik December 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Re-release Freebasing and Huffing Glue on CD please!!!!!

  56. Louis February 6, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Your music kept me sane through a 6 month duration at rehab. Thanks

  57. Alex February 17, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    I think Jarren Benton and Dizzy Wright are the best in the world

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  58. Rick February 18, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    Jarren come to DES MOINES IOWA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bring Rittz and Hopsin that would be a deam come true

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    Do more shows in PA!!! Philly Allentown shot like that

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    Jarren i just wanted to say you are one of the best rappers i know and just keep it moving smoothly like your rhythm man i been fucking with fv ever since my 1st time hearing hopsin and swizZz but you and dizzy wright is that combo fr though i fuck with you though

    • dustin March 23, 2015 at 10:26 am #

      wolfgang? tyler the creater kinda sucks ass dont ya think?

  61. Brennan March 31, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Can’t wait to see you at The Shelter on the 7th

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    Please have Jarren come to Cleveland on the reg. I’d see him live at least once a month!


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