Born in Nap (Indianapolis), brought to manhood in Chicago and cultured overseas in the K'far haShalom in Dimona,Israel., Ben-REAL aka Ben Khayil aka Brother Ben is a lyrical genius with true soul and a message of unity and practical ascension. At the same time, he relates to the listener with a deft blend of colloquial wisdom, humor and unique poetic devices. One half of the T.O.Z., Ben has traveled the globe and performed throughout the U.S. and abroad since the year 2002- but he has been spotted at ciphers and open mics as early as '93. Now, with his new album and mixtape he is once again rasing the bar for all artists. "The music speaks for itself." "I let my bars write me so the listener can rest assured, love or hate it, its 1000% sincere. That's rare. I aim to make timeless music that is true to not only the pains I've experienced as a "youth at risk" but the simple,righteous pleasures we either overlook or avoid because there not 'in thing'. Im more than just a conscious artist. I'm a New World Griot that defies mere genre. Rap is poetry and poetry is a spiritual expression. I'm repping that quintessence of what hip-hop is(?)/was/should be."