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Fresh from releasing his third mixtape, Restoration of an American Idol, last month, Taylor Bennett has resurfaced in a Billionaire Boys Club mini-documentary that profiles creatives who are forging their own path. Although Bennett counts Grammy-award winning rapper and all-around inspirational dude, Chance the Rapper as an older sibling, that hasn’t stopped him from refusing to stand on the shoulders of giants. Like Chance, the 21-year-old has been producing a steady stream of completely independent music since before 2013. His self-released album, Broad Shoulderseven gained quite a bit of traction in 2015 and garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews from indie and mainstream music publications.

In the video, Bennett talks candidly about his journey as an indie artist and discusses how he founded his eponymous label. Much like Chance, a lot of Bennett’s longterm goals revolve around community enrichment and creating alternate structures of power and upward mobility.

According to the young rapper, his label will ultimately serve to teach other emerging artists how to be masters of their own destiny while navigating the notoriously treacherous waters of the music industry. You’ll also recall that the younger Bennett made headlines earlier this year when he came out as bisexual. As older brothers often do, Chance promptly took to Twitter to show Taylor his love and support.

In the case of the this family, talent and individuality really are genetic.

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Words by Stephanie Smith-Strickland
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