Sporting a personality as vibrant as his native Virgin Islands, Benny Demus is globally known as an entertainer extraordinaire. Acknowledged as a first-class producer, writer, DJ and rapper, he has stamped his own ticket to success. He has thousands of fans in over 180 countries and also has a clear passion for using his celebrity status and resources to enrich the lives of others.
While it has been his skills as a DJ that has projected his success, thus far, it is his gift of story telling that has allowed him to become a very skilled MC. Since his days in St. Thomas, Benny Demus has been blazing the microphone, first as a group member with Rock City then as a solo emcee when he hit American soil in New York in 1994.
Benny Demus introduced himself as an emcee in the US on the college circuit and performed at various venues while attending college in North Dakota and Wyoming. After Akon sought him out he brought Benny Demus on as his DJ, DJ Benny-D. Since then, it has been a world wind of opportunities for Benny Demus. He is the DJ for not only Akon, but for Rock City and for Eve. While very appreciative of the opportunities his career as a dj, have afforded him, it has stalled his career as an emcee. He has respectfully held back his career as an emcee first, for Rock City, as a new group and then for Akon, as a new Artist.
Ready to take hold of the reigns and prove to others what he has known all along, Benny Demus has already completed his first album and 2 mixtapes, which include “Load Up Music” and “Ben In Black”.
With a style he describes as “Virgin Island Hip Hop” because he raps in his accent, he is also “politically street” bringing a lyrical style similar to Shyne and political awareness similar to Talib Kwali. Benny demus does more than just entertain with his music he brings a social awareness to the plight of his country, St. Thomas. He wants you to know that for the people that live there, there are real events that need to be made relevant. Benny Demus has vowed to give opportunities to the youth that he could only dream about at their ages.
Charismatic and energetic in his own performances, Benny-Demus has quietly contributed to the success of numerous other popular artists and collaborated with such artists as, Akon, Rock City, Verse Simmons Tabi Bonney, Kardinall Offishall, Sunny Valentine, A. Leon Craft, Ray Lavender, Sol Messiah, Organized Noise, Fish Scales of Nappy Roots and has collaborated Willie Joe, Wise, Haziq Ali, Sway, Blu3, Navio, Atlas, RayNitti, Lil Play Boii, and Iyaz, to name a few.
No stranger to international destinations, Benny-D. has built a loyal, global following. He’s performed in countries such as Africa, South Africa, South America, Germany, London, Scotland, Ireland, Romania, Poland, Japan, China, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Antigua, Barbados, Paris, Holland, and the Virgin Islands.
Benny Demus. enjoys a very philanthropic side as well. He has been acknowledged by many in his homeland for the great contributions he has made there, including personally sponsoring the Virgin Island’s Men’s All Star Basketball Game, and taking Akon and Rock City to St. Thomas and St. Croix to visit children in local schools and spread inspiration to those at the juvenile detention center. Keeping true to his word, he will continue to be instrumental in giving a hand up to the next generation of aspiring stars and leaders with the founding of his non-profit organization, Benny-D.’s Super Kidz. It is selflessness and commitment such as this that caused him to be recognized by VI leadership and garnered him a personal invitation to the 2009 Virgin Islands Senate Presidential Inauguration.
Soon, fans can also catch Benny Demus on the silver screen in his acting debut with a cameo appearance in the Dwayne Boyd movie “4 Minutes”. Fans and music lovers alike can expect even bigger things from Benny Demus in the very near future As he gains more momentum, he’s THE EXTREME ENTERTAINER; otherwise known as “the one to watch”.
Most recently, Benny-Demus has executive produced, written, and stars in a web series titled “Eeazy” Eeazy is about the main character which Benny-Demus’s plays finding the true killer of his beloved sister, Charlene. His co-star (Dorian Santigo) who also is a co-writer stars as his sister fiancé. They go both want to badly find her killer and has two different takes on how to go about finding him or her. Season 1 currently available online and Season 2 of the web series is set to be released October 1, 2011.
Stay tuned for new and exciting features from Benny-Demus.