Taylor Bennett delivers ‘Be Yourself,’ his most open and excited EP to date.
Since dropping his formal debut Broad Shoulders in 2015, Taylor Bennett has taken his time to craft his sound and establish his voice in hip-hop. Riding the natural jubilance in his voice was fine, but not enough, and led to him dropping Restoration of an American Idol, a breezy project that showcased all of the bright pockets of Chicago living and artistry. Over a year removed from the sophomore effort, Bennett has matured and grown more comfortable with himself and his ability to spread an important message. Putting his newfound confidence and spirit on wax, he’s releasing Be Yourself, a brand new and wonderfully impassioned EP.
Featuring frequent collaborator and Chicago staple Supa Bwe, along with Young Thug, Bianca Shaw, and Zxxk, this tape is a Rolodex of insecurities beaten by Taylor Bennett. There is celebration, but unlike his previous work, Bennett goes the extra mile to showcase the causes for celebration and tackles some of his darker moments in plain language. Raps about growing up in Chicago, his sexuality, and heartache circle the vibrant and expressive production, making for Taylor Bennett’s most layered project to date.
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