interview by Trvaughn Clayton
Benji, also known as BMims or Benjimims, is an Akron-born rapper with a unique flow that allows you to vibe and connect with his music no matter your situation. He puts emphasis behind the meaning of his lyrics and that’s what he feels sets him apart.
BMims has dropped two projects over the last two years and they have both become very popular within the city. With songs like “OTW” and “Different Breed,” you can really hear the soul and passion he includes with each lyric he speaks.
If you’re looking for an artist you can rap along with and feel the music in your gut, BMims is your guy.
BMims has been in the rap game for years now. I first discovered him during my high school years, when BLAK Clan was performing in Akron. His audience wasn’t the biggest then, but it has grown significantly over the years. The most notable was when he performed at Musica in 2018 and the venue was jam-packed. The fans in attendance knew every song that was being sung.
It confirmed my theory that BMims could possibly be the next artist to make it out of Akron, OH.
TC: So, if you could, describe your music to us.
B: It’s really the typical pain type, but you still have the melodic sound that’ll make you feel good. When you listen to my music, I want you to feel it. I want people to relate to it, I want my music to mean something.
TC: Why do you feel like your music is unique?
B: I honestly feel like it’s unique because a lot of people can relate to it. Most people make music that only a certain amount of people can relate to. I make music so everyone can relate to it, whether you’re working a nine to five, in college or even in the streets.
TC: Out of all the music you’ve dropped, I’m talking about way back in the BLAK Clan days, what’s your favorite song that you’ve dropped?
B: I have to say, “What the Top Is Really Like” from my Benji album.
TC: When you did your yearly recap this past year for Spotify only (not Apple Music or even YouTube), you hit 176,000 listens in 64 different countries. Do you think you can double that this year?
B: That definitely was really surprising for me. That was only after dropping one album for the whole year. It’s crazy how the numbers have increased. I used to only get a couple hundred views. When you see the numbers increase, it lets you know that you’re doing something right. So, I can definitely see the numbers increase.
TC: Last year when you performed at the Musica, you dropped your mic and everyone was still rapping your song. How did that feel?
B: Man, that was one of the best feelings. That was my best show. I’ve done shows in Kentucky, South by Southwest. I honestly think, [even] when it does get bigger, when I’m performing in front of thousands of fans and arenas, that will still be my best show. There was just so much love and energy. I want to replay that night every day.
TC: So, let’s fast forward to next year, like around June, where do you see yourself in your music career?
B: I honestly see myself being bigger and better with music and being on the road, telling my mom she doesn’t have to work anymore. I want Akron to have a bigger stamp, not just LeBron James being from here. I don’t care if it’s me that makes it out. There’s a lotta talent in the city. I want people to talk about us like they talk about Chicago, Detroit, Baton Rouge, Atlanta. Artists, photographers, videographers, producers, fashion. Someone has to make it out. We’re a real diamond in the rough.
TC: The night after Ripp Flamez had a show at the Musica, on IG live, we saw you and MB4L Kane in the studio with him. Can we expect some new music from you all?
B: Yeah, Ripp is my dude. We have previous history, I was engineering for him a while back. We linked up in Atlanta before. I saw he was coming to the city and we finally got a chance to link before the show. So y’all for sure should expect something. That was Rich the Fire-Starter doing the production for that as well.
TC: When can we see you performing on stage again since you’ve dropped B.O.S.S., the album?
B: I honestly feel like there’s a lot I need to work on as an artist. Me performing, that’s not really a top priority right now. There’s a lot I need to build as a brand before I go on a stage again. But if it makes sense and someone wants to book me, I’m down. We’re working on getting our buzz to different areas. Once I start getting booked in different places, then I’ll start performing more.
TC: What is B.O.S.S Ent.?
B: It’s our brand, me and my family. We have merch that we’re working on, videos. We plan on opening up everything here and in Charlotte because I stayed there and met a lot of people. My brother Dil used to stay out there and he knows people out there. Down in Charlotte, they have a lot of artists and talent there as well. It’s like our second home. B.O.S.S Ent., there’s a meaning behind it. Everyone can be a boss. But Brother Of the Same Struggle, no one’s over anyone. We all move as one. That’s where Brothers Of the Same Struggle comes from.
TC: Where can we find more from you and follow you?
B: My social media is @Benjimims on everything, tell a friend to tell a friend and we just gon’ keep growing at the end of the day and we just gon’ keep getting bigger. If you want to be a witness, just keep supporting me. If it wasn’t for that, I would have probably stopped for real, so I really appreciate it for real. We out.
Trvaughn is an engineering student at the University of Akron and does creative work in his free time. Instagram: @_falsehope.
Photos by Kenneth Butler. Used with permission.