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405tv Interview: Benga – “I felt like that I had been robbed”

April 26, 2013

Stephen Bevan and myself created this session for the 405.
For a better experience, view it large and in HD here.


It’s been over five years since Benga released a full length album under his own name, and much has changed in the musical landscape during this period – none more so than in the genre of dubstep.

The charismatic man from Croydon is credited as one of the co-founders of this movement in the early 00’s and inevitably his own style has evolved since then – wanting to become “a Dre or Timbaland” kind of producer, as he discusses in a loquacious interview with us. Third album Chapter II has now finally got a release date after a myriad of minor delays; six singles of his were released in 2012, though only one is to feature on this upcoming LP (‘To Hell And Back’). He gives us the full story as to why, and how other projects he was involved in also lead to the delay – such as how he contributed a raft of songs (or “gave away”) for Katy B’s pop-smash On A Mission, describing that it “felt like that I had been robbed.”

For a full-lowdown of what to expect from Chapter II in terms of individual songs, multiple collaborations, and the feel of the album, watch below. The third single taken from it is the Kano-featured ‘Forefather/Stuck’ that got a Record Store Day release as a white label pressing; and Chapter II is out May 6th on Sony Music. Preorder now.

You can watch the interview below, or via our TV Section. It’s also available via our Youtube page (please watch in HD when possible).

Created by Stephen Bevan & Tim Boddy

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