Meet Ben Billion$, The Miami Chameleon Quietly Dominating The Airwaves

Meet Ben Billion$, The Miami Chameleon Quietly Dominating The Airwaves

 

Meet Ben Billion$, The Miami Chameleon Quietly Dominating The Airwaves

The Delaware-born, Miami-based producer has parlayed years of engineering experience into a career as one of rap’s most versatile hitmakers.

Before he crafted chart-topping hits for The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Yo Gotti, Ben Diehl, better known as Ben Billion$, had already spent years in the studio. The Delaware-native moved to Miami in 2008 to pursue a degree in audio engineering, then worked for years behind the boards at the city’s legendary Circle House Studios.

Unlike many producers of the day, Billion$ operates without a producer tag to mark his work, but — from the filtered sample chops of The Weeknd’s “Often” to the crisp claps and hi-hats of Yo Gotti’s “Down In The DM” — his beats are recognizable through their precision. Recently, Billion$ has been tapped for extended work on projects like The Weeknd’s Starboy and Kodak Black’s Painting Pictures.

Speaking to The FADER over the phone in March, Ben Billion$ discussed his evolution from engineer to hitmaker, what he learned from DJ Khaled, and the pros and cons of maintaining anonymity.

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