Chicago native Taylor Bennett continues to build his presence as a fresh new voice in hip-hop, with his newest mixtape titled “Restoration of An American Idol*. On top his latest (and potentially greatest) mixtape release thus far, Taylor has also launched his first North American tour, which begins in Cambridge, MA on April 3rd. In a recent interview with Fader magazine, Taylor further discussed his recent process towards coming out as bisexual and inspiring others with his visibility…
I don’t wanna just say specifically any moment but I think it was just the idea of how everything was turning. It wasn’t about trying to make a statement, it was just about the idea that there’s so many kids on the daily struggle with feeling like they’re different because they might be attracted to a different sex or feeling different.
I think the whole idea of my music — and especially with this project — has always been to bring people together. My biggest dream that I’ve ever had was [when I was] 14. [In my dream,] I was performing at this huge concert. When I looked out into the crowd, everybody all looked so different and at one point I just said, “Everybody turn to each other and look at each other and realize that we’re all the same.” I think that music has that power to bring people together and show people that no matter what, no matter who you like, no matter what race you are, no matter if you have money or don’t have money, or you’re black, white whatever, it’s all about love. It’s all about bringing people together. I think that’s something that could stop so many different problems that we have in the world. I think that was the push for me — to help others, to let them realize that, you know, it’s okay to be yourself
I think there’s a lot of people — especially in the music community, especially in hip-hop — that don’t feel okay with being themselves, that feel like being different is to be wrong. I’ve never shared that belief. My parents and my brother and my friends and anybody that I’ve ever surrounded myself with, we’ve always accepted and respected each other for who we are. That’s something that I want my music to reflect as well.p
Taylor also spoke on the support he received from his creative peers….
“Yeah, a lot of my really close friends. SZA reached out to me, Kehlani reached out to me, Vic Mensa reached out to me, a lot of people. I think what’s even bigger than people saying something and saying congrats is people not saying anything at all. It’s people knowing and just saying, that doesn’t change my view or my perspective of who you are as a person at all. I think that right there, I think that is what gives people the courage to be themselves and I wanna see more people be themselves — no matter if that means them coming out, no matter if that means them, I mean, doing anything. Just be yourself, you know?”
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