Benji. continues his steady rise from the Pittsburgh rap scene. From being named one of NPR Music’s Artists to Watch to joining EARTHGANG on tour, to joining the band Spillage Village, the multi-instrumentalist, rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer finds motivation and inspiration for his sound from an extensive pool of genres and generations of music. Growing up among a family of musicians, Benji.’s motivation to make music began early at home. His hip-hop education then came from his older brother, Christo, who is the producer and DJ for Atlanta rapper J.I.D. After initially performing and recording as Sir Courtesy, his well-received 2021 effort Smile, You’re Alive! led to Benji. also becoming the rare rapper embraced by AAA-format radio, released as a collaboration between Misra Records and Since the 80’s.