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Seattle Music isn't just real, it's a movement

A Hip Hop phenomenon making waves in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

SEATTLE, WA, November 14, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Twenty years ago, Mr. Benjamin made his mark in hip-hop history as the first Seattle artist to have his music video on B.E.T.'s "Uncut". His standout track, "The Anthem (What's My Name)," garnered attention and marked a turning point in his musical journey. Since then, Mr. Benjamin has received numerous awards and commendations, including being the first recipient of Obamacare in the region. He has been recognized by esteemed figures like former Washington State governor Gary Locke, Seattle's Governor Jay Robert Inslee, and then Mayor Paul Schell. In addition, Mr. Benjamin has been honored at the West Coast Hip-Hop (WHHH) awards and voted for the "Best of the Best 2003 Readers' Choice" award. His positive contributions to the local youth have been acknowledged by The Seattle Times.


Fast forward to 2016, Mr. Benjamin's son, Maribased1, emerged as a new talent and has since made a significant impact with multiple hits and appearances on B.E.T. Jams. His latest single, "SEATTLE GOT THAT FIRE," celebrates the strength of Seattle's sports teams and has gained international recognition in Africa, including airplay on MTV Nigeria.


But there's more to Mr. Benjamin than just music. He kickstarted the "Seattle Music is Real" platform in Columbia City, Seattle. This initiative stands against violence, guns, gangs, and drugs, and provides a platform for local artists in the Pacific Northwest region. DJ Nasty Ness started the 'Seattle Music is Real' movement in the 80s with Mr. Benjamin expanding it for today's generation.


The SMIRED Foundation is a beacon of hope in our communities, using music, arts, and entertainment to empower individuals. The Foundation promotes youth and less privileged artists across Washington State and the northwest region. It's a real, impactful movement that deserves global recognition.


SMIRED is a team of change-makers in our communities. Their mission is to create community service programs that empower and strengthen families. They offer job search assistance, resume development, tutoring, soft skills training, and more.


Mr. Benjamin's inspiring journey as a father, independent artist, and music executive is a gripping tale with decades of experience in the music industry. The documentary promises to keep you on the edge of your seat; don't miss it!


The recent success of Seattle's Music is Real tour in Bellingham, Seattle, Tri-Cities, and Los Angeles highlights their dedication to the industry and growth as artists. They have plans to expand throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Catch their live radio show, Seattle's Music is Real, every Tuesday from 7-9 pm Pacific on KVRU 105.7 FM LP SEATTLE, also streaming online at KVRU.ORG.


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