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Johnnie Griffin is a multi-talented artist from Chicago, IL. From the age of 11, he was very influenced by Hip Hop. At 12, he began writing his first rhymes and began developing his own style. From elementary into high school, he went through a lot of changes, which included losing his mother and brother in the same year. He was left totally confused spiritually and had no idea how the Savior of the world would impact his life. While making a name for himself on the underground Chicago Hip Hop scene, BenEvol (then known as J.Griff) began to feel like something was missing and his music was lifeless.
Years later, after a frightening experience where he almost lost his wife, he was broken by the Lord. Jesus saved his wife’s life and redeemed her husband’s soul. He couldn’t deny what the Lord had done for him. He took a little break from writing to focus more on his relationship with Christ. In the midst of that transition, J was still producing beats and began to get inspired to write again. The first song written since his conversion, “Rejoice”, led to the creation of his classic debut album, Window 2 My Mind.
Since dropping Window 2 My Mind in ‘07, BenEvol has put out three projects: The Journey Collection (2008), Authentic Rhymes #1 (2010) and, most recently, Authentic Rhymes #2 (2011). Look forward to more music and involvement from this emcee/producer.