Life has already thrown rapper, Benito “B.L the Aviator” Layton, a few curve balls in life; however, so far he’s managed to bounce back every single time, a true testament of his character.
In November, he lost his job and also has had to deal with his brother in and out of jail. Through it all, though—his music has served as therapy, and it’s those struggles that have served as the inspiration for his first major project.
“It’s basically, a melancholy EP that a lot of people can relate to. It’s based off of hard times and depressing times that I’ve not only been through—but I know a lot of other people have gone through, too,” he stated. “In a nutshell, my life was the inspiration for the entire project.”
After losing his job as a school photographer, Benito says he decided to put his emphasis on his music fulltime and hasn’t looked back since. For him, failure is just not even an option.
“My music has become my priority now. I’ve stayed up late at night just to get this project going. I’d go into the studio at seven in the morning and wouldn’t leave until 12 a.m. There were a lot of sleepless nights. I’ve spent months working on this project,” stated Benito.
Despite the hard work and time invested into the project, Benito has no regrets. The first single off of the upcoming EP is titled “Make it ‘Til Tomorrow.”
“That song really talks about how I was feeling, how making it day to day can be tough, and you’re trying to live to make it to another day. Florida is a really tough, expensive state,” he stated.
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Making music since he was 15 years old, Benito says he hope to oneday be as successful as Kanye West, TuPac and Biggy—just a few of his musical inspirations.
“I definitely see myself successful, but I don’t have to be like the J.Cole type successful. I want to make a decent living off of my music and put out tracks that are from the heart and that people can relate to.”