BNYX is not interested in a career producing type beats

It’s a little past lunchtime on a Friday afternoon, but BNYX (pronounced Benny X) is still firing on all cylinders. He had just left a studio session with athlete-turned-rapper Showjoe to return home where his wife is listening to our conversation via a Ring camera. “She’s weird…” he said, his eyebrow almost audibly raised and in a way that suggested he was, in fact, the weirdest. As I grope with the recorder, he starts rapping under his breath: “Takin’ the yanky, more janky, more banksy / I run up this bitch like a big ol’ tanky. For a brief moment, he looks possessed.

The song in question is “Can’t Stop It” by Yeat, a BNYX-produced song from his new project. Lyfe which has the towering guitars and burning feel of a wrestler’s theme. Yeat is known for his love of alien-sounding synths and mutant vocals, so it’s strange to hear him rapping about something that seemed, for once, describable by earthly genres. “I literally posted a TikTok about it the other day,” the 27-year-old producer says, referring to a clip he made where he dubbed the song on a stage in The Batman.

It’s not the first time that a little knowledge of the net has helped him. While working at AT&T in 2017 after being forced to drop out of college due to rising tuition fees, BNYX saw Travis Scott drop out of a remix of Rae Sremmurd’s “Swang” and get hooked. is rushed to rework it himself. “I worked in a slow store and had a cool manager, so I could just make beats on the floor,” he recalls. Using a fake Twitter account, he would reply to people who posted about the song with a link to his own remix, estimating that he had sent around 200 tweets, and right after that he fell asleep. The next morning, his remix had over 100,000 plays, although BNYX wasn’t quite sure how to capitalize on the moment, so he continued his salesroom preparations until he felt the desire to have some. more.

After two years, he quit his job at AT&T and hooked up with a local artist named Miles Chancellor. From there, he would build relationships with others before landing his first major placement in 2018 as a co-producer on Ty Dolla $ign’s “South Beach.” Fast forward a few months and BNYX ended up moving to Los Angeles, where it slept in studios and on broken air mattresses, trying everything it could to make something happen.

Born in Delaware to Haitian immigrants and raised in Philadelphia and the nearby suburb of Upper Darby, BNYX (real name: Benjamin Saint Fort) spent his childhood playing church alongside his brothers and his father, who came to the United States for the first time on a tour with a Haitian. gospel group in the late 70s. From age 7 to 16, he took weekly piano lessons and began helping his late father make piano arrangements in the small studio in their home as he was improving. BNYX’s parents were strict about the radio growing up – only allowing them to listen to adult contemporary stations that played The Cranberries and Matchbox Twenty, gospel music or whatever his dad was working on at the time. — delaying his introduction to rapping. In high school, BNYX’s older brother Felix encouraged him to get into rap production after hearing some of the metal and pop tracks he was working on; at the time, he had a cheap MP3 player that only carried a few songs. Soon, his rock and metal favorites were joined by 2 Chainz’ “Birthday Song” and Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa.”

Today he’s back home in Philadelphia and in his beats you can hear BNYX doing a bit of everything. Along with Zack Fox, he’s tapping into Memphis’ nighttime rebound. With New Jersey singer Fousheé (whom he met through Fox), he creates courageous songs tinged with screams. And with Yeat, he constantly finds ways to spice up a formula that can sometimes become stale. Somehow, it feels like he’s actively trying to work against type by fighting.

“I look at all the blogs that talk about Yeat and I’m like, ‘What do they like, what don’t they like? he says. “And it’s usually, ‘He does the same thing over and over again.’ So every beat I sent [for Lyfë], I made sure it didn’t sound like a beat he would jump on. I will not do the same again. I get bored very quickly.” A week later LyfeI talked to BNYX about sneaking into his dad’s studio, hiding in the producer Discords, and working with Yeat.

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