Bennett Okanume, artist name “Benny Universe” formerly known as “Kidd Prodigee” is a 20-year-old Rapper/Singer and songwriter from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He has been making music for six years. Some of his biggest influences are Super Duper Kyle, Bryce Vine, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, and Kid Cudi.
When asked why he chose to make music he explained “I make music because it’s the only thing that can not be taken away from me. I lost my mother at the age of 10 and I never knew my father. All my life I have had everything taken away from me beyond my ability and now I use my music as my power.  I want my music is to inspire other people who are in a similar situation as me and let them know that things can change for the better. I just want to make people happy. I want people to be able to connect with my music on an emotional level. When I actually do get more of a fan base of followers, I want to be able to talk to each of them personally and get feedback on my music. I’m just trying to make people in general happy to be alive and be able to listen to good music. I also want to let them know everything will be okay no matter what they are going through, no matter who you are, you matter too.”