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Benga

One of the major names in the world of dubstep, producer Benga was born Beni Uthman in East London. His parents eventually moved to the suburb of Croydon, where a young Benga would fiddle with his radio every night, looking for pirate radio stations and taking in all sorts of fringe music. He first began making tracks on his PlayStation game system, then graduated to digital audio workstation Fruity Loops when his parents bought him a computer. Hearing the dark work of 2-step producer Wookie inspired him to join part of the grime/garage scene that would eventually evolve into dubstep. Hanging out at the Big Apple Records store in Croydon introduced him to fellow dubstep producer Skream. When the store began its own label, Benga released his debut 12", "Skank," in late 2002. A co-production with Skream called "The Judgement" appeared on Big Apple in early 2003, and then Benga began his own label -- Benga Beats -- and released the three-track 12" Benga Beats, Vol. 1 in 2004. A couple 12"s for the Planet Mu label landed before Benga Beats released his full-length debut, Newstep, in 2006. By now radio DJs and tastemakers like Mary Anne Hobbs and François K were singing his praises, putting Benga in the company of dubstep's favorite, Burial. In 2007 he moved to the Tempa label and issued the singles "Crunked Up" and "Night," the latter a collaboration with Coki. Both tracks ended up on his 2008 album, Diary of an Afro Warrior. While he issued several 12" releases and mixtapes and played live for the next five years, Benga's next album didn't appear until the winter of 2013; it was appropriately titled Chapter II. ~ David Jeffries
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Chapter II

1. Yellow

2. Smile

3. Click And Tap

5. I Will Never Change

7. There's No Soul

9. To Hell And Back

12. Chapter II To Inspire

13. Running

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Track List: Diary Of An African Warrior

1. Zero M2

2. Night

3. B4 The Dual

4. E Trips

5. Someone 20

6. Lightbulb

7. Crunked Up

8. Go Tell Them

9. The Cut

10. Emotions

11. 3 Minutes

12. Pleasure

13. 26 Basslines

14. Loose Synths

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Track List: Buzzin' / One Million

1. Buzzin'

2. One Million

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Track List: Comb 60s / Killers About

1. Comb 60s

2. Killers About

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Track List: Faithless / Acid Lie (Single)

1. Faithless

2. Acid Lie

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justinskewer
Didn't even read any of your comments because I automaticall y assume you're all going to talk this sound down. When in all actuality it's the original sound that pioneered dubstep. You wonder where seriously over complicated modulated bass came from? Look no
more it was this guy, skream, dz, mystikz and people like datsik who brought massive to the masses in terms of commonality use. I personally love the slow moving shuffling feel of these original tracks before the industry sold out and went c
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norris.n
Music is awesome, but I like Professional Griefers by Deadmau5 better
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@Bolt Action Piano trust me, ive got much love (((((<3))))
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r_integral
The dopest dubstepper that ever lived ~ pioneer and just makes killer beats.
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Terrible.
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Awesome
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@B.Luv I would think u show a bit more "Luv"
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Haha to funny!!
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and wakk, fffff, and opionion are not in the english language... please never reproduce.
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says the guy using hashtags... children these days....
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dandomight
This is fffff wakk just my opionion .. #dubstep4chi l d r e n # l o l
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Dis mah shizzle
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1. kiss your left hand. 2. say your crushes name. 3. close your hand 4. say your name 5. say a weekday 6. open your hand. Post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out on the day you picked.
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SHUT UP AND ENJOY THE MUSIC!
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two Type R 12s 'nuff said.
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Who the f**k cares which "step" it is??! Put your pissing and moaning aside and enjoy the goddamn track
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People don't understand that there are different types of dubstep. Heavy (aka what the elitists call brostep) (Excision, Datsik, Downlink, Noisestorm, Dodge & Fuski, etc.), Melodic (Blackmill, Seven Lions, MitiS, etc) and minimal (aka what the elitists call real dubstep) (Benga's older stuff, some of Truth's stuff, Digital Mystikz, Kode9, etc).
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This.......i s . . . . . . . . . . . D U B S T E P ! ! ! ! ! ! ' n
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Yeaaaaaas boyyyyyyyyyy u
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This is real dubstep.
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FYI-IT'S 'DIARY OF AN AFRO WARRIOR', NOT 'AFRICAN WARRIOR'.
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WHO CARES ENJOY THE MUSIC!
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766390634
Listen to: Forefather by Benga ft. Kano
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Actually braxton, datsik and downlink are brostep, Same for skrillex
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This is real dubstep. Braxdon: you are an idiot.
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All i do is breathe dubstep since i got into it 5months ago. Yea im late but i love it. All along i had it confused with techno. I even downloaded dubstep beatmakers to my phone bcuz of u bro. Sign me up fit me in. How do i be apart. Its all i wana do. Yall have the sickest partys. Hit me up brother
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okay... Braxdon. dub-step is reggae music and 2-step garage beats put together. so Downlink and Datsik are def NOT dubstep. Benga is much closer.
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Wow Ettnos your a f**king retard this isn't even really dubstep it's called drum n roll wow lol downlink and Datsik is dubstep
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I let my tape rock til my tape pop smokin weed and babu sippin on private stock
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Tits
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Pimp s**t
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@90srockfan1 0 1 you're pretty much spot on.
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90srockfan10 1
To me, Benga and other artists like him make real dubstep. They still produce the oldschoolish , non skrillexy (for lack of a better word) music. Of course the dub part (reggae/ska) has pretty much been lost except for a few samples every now and then, the melodic, trippy, chill feeling remains. It's not just a bunch of artists trying to appeal to a bunch of bros who want their faces melted off by a super drop.
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Benga's style is so unique, I love it. Got to shake his hand after a show in London :-D
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man this is incredible best dubstep i think i have heard yet, heavy and abient at the same time genius
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So many intricate details and sounds everywhere, it's insane... Love it all
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Only Benga has such minute details in his dubstep music that really makes the music flow. From ever beat down to every sound effect, he blends everything in at exactly the right tone, decibel, and frequency. How he does it, who knows? He's simply legendary!
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one of the first dubstep songs i have played on my system in my truck, bangs hard :)
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"how to dance to dubstep" on youtube
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wytboi13
What Can I say, Benga is better than the best. He's the push that moves you...
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utnurse07
Dubstep anthem
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FREAKIN AWESOME!!!!
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Always loved Benga. Got me into dubstep in the first place. F**kin amazing artist.
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love, love, love it.
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i could listen to this all night
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Me Likey!
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so grimy, I love it!
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trippy as f**k
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26 basslines, 12 hours :)
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diary of an afro warrior is one of the best electronic albums ever
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