by Thomas Bedward June 15, 2018
Emerging from Venice, California and launching himself into the spotlight, nineteen-year-old talent and aspiring hip-hop artist Ben Green first came to be noticed through his debut single, ‘Change Up’. It was a debut seven years in the making and one that landed with an impressive impact. With a professional sound and genuine commitment to style and quality, ‘Change Up’ set Ben’s career in motion, and it’s become clear that the up-and-coming musician has no intention of slowing down.
Carrying forward the same vibrant energy, Ben has recently revealed his second single, ‘High Notes’. It’s a track that exemplifies his versatile and multifaceted signature sound, laying its roots in layers of smooth, typically RnB instrumentals and very stylised vocals. It’s a sound that shines a brilliant light on Ben’s rap game, bringing clarity and heightened anticipation to the delivery, amplifying the track and making an indelible mark on the listener.
It’s a shame then that in the hooks between verses, the heavy styling takes over from the natural harmony of Ben’s voice, dimming the emotive qualities and edging towards a more synthetic sound. It’s a fault that can be easily overlooked thanks to the overarching quality of the track and smooth production that brings it to life, but it would be interesting to hear the track with more of a lean on Ben’s natural vocals.
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