With all the potential to be a truly international success, 2015 New Mexico Music Award Winner Benzo III showcases full-spectrum star power, performing a wholly kick-ass set of original music. Overflowing with northern New Mexico’s best young musical talent, Benzo III is led by a stellar, charismatic front man named Benito M. Martinez III. Playing genuinely unique sound, which some might say is Hip-Hop, but is really more of a progressive jazz-rock-funk-soul hip-hop with alternative hints of reggae and rap. *Winner of the 2015 New Mexico Music Awards for Best Hip Hop CD *First single “Heart-Beat” hit #1 on the AC Charts, #2 on Hip Hop, #3 on Indie Top 40 and #32 on overall Top 40 Charts from National Radio Stations *Recent Performances include: Green Room for AMFM Fest with Cedric Burnside Aug 2015 Flaggstaff, AZ, Finalist for Battle of the Bands Camel Rock Casino Jan 2016, Headliner BAMM Festival Cloudcroft, NM June 2016, Rio Bravo Brewing, Cowgirl Santa Fe, Skillet, July 2016, Fiestas for City of Las Vegas, NM July 4th 2016, Santa Fe Bandstand July 2016, Taos Mesa Brewing Feb and June 2016 and many other local venues over the past 3 years such as The Underground, Skylight, The Bridge, Burts Tiki Lounge, Launchpad, The Jam Spot, Rio Chama Brewing, The Skillet, and even local house parties. Benito Martinez is a NMHU graduate with a BA in Language Arts/Education with a MA in Composition, Linguistics and Rhetoric that is currently a Middle School Language arts teacher at Pecos Independent School and Head Wrestling Coach for the Middle School Wrestling team
Def-i is a Albuquerque native, representing the Southwest’s Hip-Hop Scene as a member of New Mexico’s Foundations of Freedom Crew since 2003. As well as being part of Skull Control Records, Chief Rockers, and Definition Rare, Def-i fell into MC’ing and beat-making while growing up in the Dine reservation as a young percussionist and poet. His style is multifaceted. His stockpile is all-inclusive: Hip-Hop, Spoken Word/Acapella, Instrumental, Breakbeat, Lyrical, Beatboxing, Downtempo, Underground/Freestyle Rap, Contemporary Native-Amercian Acoustic, and everything between. Def-i has maintained a local presence as a resident host every wednesday at ‘Vinyl and Verses’, NM’s longest running hip-hop weekly (7years and counting). For the past couple of years he’s been featured on the local radio station, ‘StreetBeat,’ every friday (89.9 fm www.kunm.org/streaming). He is also not a newcomer to the Hip-Hop realms that co-exist from the East to West Coast for he has opened for and shared the stage with top-tier artists such as KRS-ONE, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Evidence of Dilated Peoples, Percee P, Chali2na of Jurassic 5/Ozomatli, Blueprint, Yelawolf of Shady Records, OneBeLo of Binary Star, RA the Rugged Man, and The Chicharones to name a few.
Furthermore, over the recent years, Def-i has also made a name for himself in what was once the world’s largest rap battle league known as ‘Grindtimenow.’ West Coast CEO Lush One stated, “Back in October Lush One and the Machina Muerte clique went on a tour of the entire Western region of the United States searching for new battle rap talent. The stand out performance from the entire tour was by Def-i (stand out up & comer from SouthWest) in Albuquerque, NM. You can look out for him as a new name to watch.” Whether performing in front of a full capacity audience or battling in front of thousands of viewers, Def-i has moved the crowd and persists on delivering consistent craftsmanship each time he forks out his skillful talent.
Through hard work and perseverance, Def-i stands as one of the indefectible factors of Hip-Hop in the Southwest, continuing to provide listeners with quality music/sound. This triple threat mc/producer/sound engineer holds the experience and essential aptitude to be classified amongst any top-quality Hip-Hop artist, worldwide. In a profession that is highly competitive and ever-progressive throughout our times, it is safe to say that Def-i represents living proof of Hip-Hop flourishing over the Southwest and beyond.
Performing with DJ Cap
An inclusive group of artists who have joined talents to share and contribute to the success of one another’s creative endeavors. Inspired by the collaborative and communal principles of Hip-Hop culture, we strive to combine all elements of artistic expression with public service. Our goal is to grow as individuals while simultaneously uplifting our community.