Oswin Benjamin Is A Nice Guy With Mean Rhymes. His New EP Is Heavy. (Audio)
“I don’t want to be the greatest, I want to be the realest,” raps Oswin Benjamin on the just-released mixtape, HueMan. After making one of 2016’s truly standout freestyles (a cypher turned into an all-out battle) alongside Chris Rivers and Denzil Porter, Benjamin eventually hit the BET Hip Hop Awards stages in October for the Black Lives Matter Cypher. Those lofty goals are in motion.
While his animated stage presence and exceptional freestyle ability may be what’s been the engine thus far, Oswin Benjamin is equally gifted in the studio. With Team Backpack, the Upstate New Yorker just released a 20-minute EP. Featuring Jazz-driven instrumentation, Oswin busts raps about every day living with extraordinary writing, delivery, and style.
These rhymes deal with racial stereotyping, health, faith, and self-preservation. Fans of Rapsody, Kendrick Lamar, Locksmith, and others need to take heed to this stylish MC.
HueMan features moments from some of Oswin’s memorable appearances on Sway In The Morning and elsewhere. The tracklisting:
1. Land Of The Wolves.
2. The Soul, Part 2
3. Dear Black Man
4. Flashing Lights
6. Mama’s Outro