Ms. Benzo | Interview
Lauren Benzo was born in Erie, PA, along with her sister Monica “Modesty” Benzo. The two formed a group called D.Y.M.E.ndz (Driven Young Motivated Entrepreneurs) to promote musicians, producers, DJs, models, designers, dancers, and photographers. Benzo ran a recording studio while in high school, and later studied Marketing & Advertising at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Benzo was noticed by an associate of DJ Green Lantern. Her work ethic matched with the promotional goals of Team invasion, so Benzo became The First Lady. Soon after, ThatsHipHop.com inquired about Benzo hosting a radio show, which later became D.Y.M.E. Life Radio. With over 45 shows and counting, D.Y.M.E. Life Radio is split into two parts. The first part airs indie music submitted by the artists, where the audience votes #NOWTHATSHIPHOP or #THATSNOTHIPHOP. Artists with high votes are interviewed and allowed additional music to be aired. The second part is called “Underground Overground” where music is aired from established artists on the independent scene such as Skyzoo, Poison Pen, Joell Ortiz, Styles P, and more.