What is your artist name? My artist name is Ben Reilly. The name is taken from the secret identity of the Scarlet Spider, a character from the Spider-Man comic books published by Marvel.
What kind of music do you make? I make Hip-Hop/Trap music, I’m also starting to make drill music too! The music I make blends modern flows & instrumentals with 90’s style lyrical rhyme schemes. I like all generations of Hip-Hop, so I try to make music for people from all generations of Hip-Hop. My favourite rapper is 2Pac, but the main influences on my rapping style are Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Big Pun, Big L, Cam’Ron, Canibus, Cyssero, Papoose (when I’m making casual rap songs) DMX & Ja Rule (when I make melodic trap songs, cause I still want that old school flavor in everything I make). I want the listener to feel motivated, strong, & inspired to chase after their dreams after they hear my music.
How old are you and when did you start creating music? I’m currently 26. I started learning how to rap when I was 10, recording songs when I was 12, & releasing music when I was 23.
What are your goals when it comes to your music career? My goal is to make my city (Edmonton) gain respect among & compete with the hip-hop scenes in other cities. I don’t want to be a star though, I just wanna make enough money to make a living from it.
What do you want the reader to know about you and your music? If you’re a fan of all generations of Hip-Hop, but tired of the old school fans hating on new school rappers, & new school fans disrespecting old school rappers, then I think you’ll love my music, it’s the perfect balance between the lyrical rap of the 90’s & the melodic trap/drill music of today.