Oswin Benjamin Pays Tribute to a Lost Friend on "Manny Ventura Freestyle" ("Bless The Booth")

The NY rap phenom pours his emotions into a new freestyle to shut down our studio.

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What, did you think we'd take a holiday break? There i no time for a break when #BlessTheBooth is back for (lucky) week number 13; so wake up, not only because it's the first of the month, but also because we have a brand new installment in our series from NYC phenom Oswin Benjamin, which follows last week's entry from Dylan Owen.

Having recently relocated to the Bronx from his native Newburgh, New York, Benjamin is currently prepping the upcoming release of his debut project, a collaborative effort with producer Beewirks entitled Protect Your Soul. The young emcee has showcased his lyrical prowess a number of times in the Booth, including recent standout singles "Conformation" and "The Soul Part 2," and for his Booth-blessing he raps circles around a soulful instrumental from producer Brainiac Beats. The freestyle takes on an especially poignant tone as it's named after Manny Ventura, a childhood friend of Oswin's who passed away last summer.

Check back this time next week (and subscribe to our YouTube channel) for more audio and visual dopeness from the likes of Stro, Tiara Thomas and more!

We hope you feel blessed, because following entries from Casey Veggies, LocksmithChaz French, Don Mykel and more, we have reached the thirteenth installment in our Bless The Booth series. For those not up to date, Bless The Booth has taken over for our now completed DJBooth Freestyle Series, which ran on and off for the past six years and included contributions from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T. and more. 

From the DJBooth headquarters at #AudiomackStudios, located in the heart of SoHo, NYC, to your laptop or phone (more likely), Bless The Booth brings you exclusive bars from your favorite emcees. Characterized by its off the cuff nature, our Bless The Booth series is the result of artists coming through our office to kick back and have a drink or two while enjoying the comforts of our newly remodeled digs. After cycling through a wide range of beats and achieving the optimal vibe, it's time to head into the booth and hit record.

[By Brendan Varan, who did actually try to take a holiday break, despite everyone and their moms releasing projects last week. Follow him on Twitter.]