Benjamin Earl Turner’s clerical responsibilities often bleed into his craft. Instead of manning the wheel like a tyrant, Turner allows the listener ample space to declare their own intentions within the body of his songs. “Had To” isn’t the first time Turner successfully created intimacy without making any strange inferences along the way. He is, by virtue of his vagabond past, and I do say that kindly, a rapper who approaches unexplored territory on an even keel.
Where others see drywall, Turner weaves into open space. While that allusion might seem overly generous at first glance, think it over: Turner falls short of explaining “what he’s been on” because there’s no real need for a pitch line when operating with a poetic lens. The creative impetus begins to click once you read into his artist bio – a story that unfolds on the surface level, with him meeting Saba, and culminating with Izaïah’s production of “Had To.” Enjoy, and hit us with your thoughts in the comment section below the write-up.
I am on yes I’m on
I am on, oh yes I’m on
You don’t want to have no problems
You don’t want to get involved.
– Benjamin Earl Turner