It’s time for Benny Blanco to step into the spotlight…
In case you didn’t already know, the talented writer-producer is responsible for some of the most massive singles from the past decade. He’s worked heavily in the pop circuit for years alongside some of the biggest names such as Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Jessie Ware, Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, The Weeknd and basically anyone else you can think of. No joke.
Within the past year, he’s made a heavy imprint on some of the biggest albums. This year alone, his production and songwriting credits can be found on Cardi B‘s Invasion Of Privacy, Kanye West‘s Ye, Kids See Ghosts and Nas‘ Nasir, among other records. BUT THIS WEEK, Benny kicks off his very own artist project with the release of, “Eastside,” featuring Halsey and Khalid!
“Eastside” – which also features credits from Happy Perez, Cashmere Cat, Ed Sheeran and Andrew Wyatt – is built around the hazy plucks of guitar and a marching dancehall-lite beat as Khalid and Halsey trade verses about how young love morphs into the malaise of adulthood. “She used to meet me on the Eastside/ In the city where the sun don’t set/ And every day you know that we ride/ Through the backstreets of a blue Corvette,” they sing. “Baby, you know I just wanna leave tonight/ We can go anywhere we want/ Drive down to the coast, jump in the seat/ Just take my hand and come with me.”
It’s soft and sweet serenade with a bunch of cooks in the kitchen, but it’s done seamlessly. “I’m not a part of this like old school, like, one person does this. If I have a homie over, and they’re listening to the song and they’re like, ‘Oh, I got a guitar lick for that,’ or ‘Let me throw some drums on that,’ ‘Let me let me do this’… For me, it’s just the way music comes together,” Benny told Zane Lowe. “It doesn’t have to be like a job. It is supposed to be fun. If we wanted jobs, we would’ve taken nine to fives, behind desks.”
Benny Blanco’s new single “Eastside” is also available on Apple Music and Spotify!