There is a wave of redundant content flooding hip-hop culture and it’s fairly easy to point out emcees who freestyle an entire album and fail. Well, enter newcomer, Oswin Benjamin, who bucks the trend of rambling mumble rap with lyrics of freestyle fury.
The Newburgh, New York-bred singer and emcee, carefully crafts heartfelt songs that touch on soul-tugging topics such as spirituality, social issues, black-on-black violence, awful stereotypes, among other intense subject matter.
Today (March 3rd), the 27-year-old rapper drops off his debut EP dubbed, Hueman. The 6-track project mixes principled musings with themes of love over soulful and church-inspired instrumentals–all the while holding mirrors up to his own vices.
Benjamin’s versatility is impressive, too. He showcases his ability to tackle a variety of flows and melodies (think Kendrick Lamar’s vocal acrobatics and switch lane flows). The ease in which OB handles the former comes off as natural–which is likely a result of years of practice, and being a student and fan of different genres of music.
“While I was making Hueman my main objective was to portray every aspect of being a person,” Oswin revealed to VIBE. “From the quality of your soul and well being, to police brutality and urban stereotypes to relationship issues etc, these qualms are no respecter of pigment. Although all of these elements play a part in making us who we are, the most important element is love. Love of self, love for the people around you, love for your parents, friends and love for the situation you may currently be in with the understanding that these bearings are the threads that weave us all together. Being a Hue.man is less about your color and your ethnicity, but more so about the issues we face in our separate communities that we can all relate to and with the help of Black Milk’s and Nat Turner’s production, I feel like I was able to convey this message with a colorful jazzy aesthetic that is open, free, and digestible.”
The OverDeliver signed artist rose from the underground circuit with an impressive array of music uploaded on Soundcloud. After noteworthy freestyles on Sway’s Universe, OB’s ready to share his pangs, spirit and experiences with the world.
Stream Hueman below.