“In My Feelings” by Drake was a worldwide hit. Chances are you haven’t heard the name Benjamin Workman before, but does TrapMoneyBenny sound familiar? Yep, the same TrapMoneyBenny from the first few lines of the quintessential summer anthem ‘In My Feelings’ by Drake. TrapMoneyBenny a.k.a. Benjamin Workman is a music producer who has worked on some amazing tracks over the last decade, but who only came into the spotlight last year with “In my feelings”.

Patience and perseverance–these are two virtues that TrapMoneyBenny, and most other music producers, know only too well. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Benny started making music as a hobby in high school, teaching himself how to produce along with a few of his singer and rapper friends. After graduating high school, the aspiring producer moved to Los Angeles to pursue a full-time career in music. He signed up with the singer-songwriter collective, 1500 or Nothin’ and honed his production chops for five long years. Then in 2013, a member from Drake’s production team reached out to him to solicit some beats. He sent some material he had been working on, and felt like the big time was coming. However, despite that promising connection, nothing happened with Drake and TrapMoneyBenny continued producing music, for artists like Key! and Chief Keef. 

In the summer of 2018, Benny decided to follow-up with Drake’s production team on a whim. He wrote them an email which they replied to (much to Benny’s surprise) asking for some beats. Next, they sent a specific request for the stems of one particular beat, sending him back to work. “In My Feelings” was released as the fifth single from Drake’s fifth studio album, “Scorpion” in July of the same year, and it broke the record for most streams in a single week with a whopping 116.2 million plays. The big time had officially arrived for TrapMoneyBenny, but it was after a long and arduous struggle that had spanned over ten years.   

The moral here is two-fold. Firstly, never get discouraged by rejection and don’t let it burn bridges. In 2013, Benny could have easily severed ties with the production team when they didn’t get back to him (we know how sensitive creatives are). Instead he kept pushing and, five years later, he hit the jackpot. The second, and perhaps most important, lesson is that when you have nothing to lose, always go for it. The worst outcome in Benny’s situation was another unanswered email, but the best outcome is the timeline we’re currently sitting on. If someone has set you down, don’t spam them with emails but remember that (sometimes) a hopeful shot in the dark can be the luckiest. 

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