Columbia, South Carolina is a growing city. Among its 133,358 residents, one stands above the rest. He goes by Ben G, and he’s made a name for himself through his music. Three years ago, he caught the attention of rapper and CEO of Brick Squad Monopoly, Waka Flocka Flame. In February 2015, he signed to Waka Flocka’s management company: 36 Brickhouse as well as signing to Paradigm Talent Agency. Like the city itself, the rap and hip hop industry of Columbia is still developing; however Ben G’s influence has brought an impact that has both unified the city and evolved the music industry.
In the last 3 years, Ben G has grown as an artist; the evidence is shown through his advancements in performing. Ben G toured colleges with Gorilla Zoe in 2012. He was a special guest of Waka Flocka in Steve Aoki’s tour with Pharrell in 2013. In the fall of 2014, he did his own solo tour. Now, it’s 2015, and he’s on the Turn Up Godz Tour with Waka Flocka and DJ Whoo Kidd.
When asked how the Turn Up Godz Tour has influenced his life, Ben G says, “I’ve learned a lot from traveling around the country with Waka Flocka and DJ Whoo Kidd. Waka has been like a big brother to me for a while now, but during this tour our relationship has grown significantly. Getting to hang out with DJ Whoo Kidd has been really motivating as well. He’s worked with tons of artists, from 50 Cent and Machine Gun Kelly to Lloyd Banks and Tech N9ne. While we’ve been on tour, he’s spent a lot of time listening to my music and has given me a lot of good feedback.”
So far, this tour has been sold out at almost every show, and on March 28, the Turn Up Godz are hitting Columbia’s Music Farm. For the first time (in Columbia), both Waka Flocka and Ben G are going to be performing a full set each. Ben G’s set is full of new music, but for Columbia, he’s bringing back a couple throwbacks. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 the day of the show, and $55 to meet and greet; they are available at Music Farm’s website and Ticketfly.com. The doors open at 8 o’clock and the show starts at 9. You are not going to want to miss turning up with the squad; so get your tickets before they’re sold out.