Benefit Releases a Sick Track, Literally

Florida-based hip-hop artist Benefit turned his long running ailment into a rap song with his latest release, “Been Sick.” He uses the occasion to play with all of the accompanying metaphors like being ill, sick, and making rhymes that are “contagious.” Even his voice sounds like he’s rapping through the end of a cold.


To craft the track’s instrumental, Benefit used a 1972 Ludwig drum set, an old school Nintendo entertainment system, and an analog tape machine. He even sampled one of his coughs to backdrop the rhymes.

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