Benjamin Oaks aka BenOaks releases his 1st all hiphop album. BenOaks has been making hiphop since buying his drum machine (Alesis HR-16b) at age 15 in 1993. And he has produced hundreds of singles & a few albums for other artists. But this is his first album using the all hiphop moniker “BenOaks”.
BenOaks is Ben’s hiphop stage name. It differentiates between his usual electronica. He also uses the name V1TAL to release dance music.
in 2012 Ben posted Craigslist ads in most major United States cities. After combing through hundreds of submissions, Benjamin Oaks found the handful of incredibly talented lyricists featured on “SAMSARA”
“SAMSARA” was recording between 2012-2015. It took so long to release because it went through two different record label distributors going out of business. There were 3 weeks in the past 3 years where it was available on all major retailers.
After relaunching the musical collaboration project Bones Culture-BenOaks, 66notes, Jefferson Ambrose, Nick the Blacklisted & Android Eddie decided to relaunch our record label & publishing company madPHATTER music. And also our media parent PH Makes an F Sound (which also specializes in live events, social media marketing, branding & design).
“SAMSARA” definition from Wikipedia: Saṃsāra is a Sanskrit word that means “wandering” or “world”, with the connotation of cyclic, circuitous change. It is also the concept of rebirth and “cyclicality of all life, matter, existence”, a fundamental belief of most Indian religions. In short, it is the cycle of death and rebirth. Saṃsāra is sometimes referred to with terms or phrases such as transmigration, karmic cycle, reincarnation, and “cycle of aimless drifting, wandering or mundane existence”.
PINK I & BenOaks’ “BARS (I Can’t Breathe)” is a Black Lives Matter anthem! Blast it loud! There will be no peace until there is justice for Black American murders by the Police! This official video with lyrics was shot & directed by Chloe Rivera, age 14. Daughter of Android Eddie (& niece of BenOaks).
This music video proudly shows that Black Lives Matter in small town USA!
When this pandemic began back in March of 2020, Benjamin Oaks took the free time (after being laid of from his house painting job) to begin producing again. He noticed a lot of his new musician friends in Lancaster, PA were out of gigs. So he took his stimulus money asked 10 of them to collaborate for his next solo album.
By the 4th or 5th track (“Bars” specifically) it became clear that it became time to…
“GET THE BAND BACK TOGETHER!”
Nick the Blacklisted & 4T (who appeared on the 1st Bones Culture compilation album “The Full Effect”, the second “SAMSARA”, the upcoming 3rd “Essential Goodness”) also happen to live not too far from Benjamin Oaks in Lancaster, PA.
PINK i was looking for a producer to make pop with since his usual musical theatre gigs are on hold.
JMissy & BenOaks had been trying to collab for a few years now.
All the pieces came together around the same time. Android Eddie & 66notes also recently re-inspired to drop lyrical bombs!