Opening for Jarren Benton, 7 p.m. Saturday, The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., all ages, 227-7625, $16-$65, blacksheeprocks.com
The Black Sheep has a rap triple threat Saturday. Young rappers Bingx and Caleb Brown are touring with Jarren Benton on his 38-city Mink Coat Killer Tour.
Seattle rapper Bingx, aka Chanler Hendrickson, bears a physical and musical resemblance to Eminem. The 27-year-old fast lyricist credits Tech N9ne, Drake, Eminem and Justin Timberlake ("because I do a lot of falsetto") among his influences.
"Even on my solely rap songs, I'm not just rapping. I have singing hooks," Bingx said.
His Black Sheep set will be mostly short "tastes" of songs, Bingx said. "I don't do full songs. So I'll do a verse hook, a little a capella section. So there will be a lot of partial songs, maybe 10 to 15, for a total of probably 20 to 30 minutes."
Bingx, who a decade ago was a Chinook helicopter mechanic for the Army National Guard, is in the midst of transforming himself from rapper to artist, spanning different genres. He is preparing to release an album Aug. 18, "My E.G.O." (for Emotional Genius Obliged), on AVJ Records that shows how he's turned his life around in recent years. He said he's been sober since September and is raising a son.
"I'm just excited to get on the road and spread positivity," Bingx said. "I'm taking the initiative to spread that, instead of just being happy about my own life. It's very easy to be negative in the moment. My goal is to bring this music around and make people laugh."
Brown graduated from high school in May in his native Baton Rouge, La. Music became his outlet after he didn't make his school's basketball team as a freshman.
"Music is life," Brown said. "People live their lives through music. And I've always rapped, just doing it to be cool."
His music has been influenced by the likes of Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Nas and Kendrick Lamar.
Brown, the youngest of five children, said he'll miss home this summer while on his first tour.
"I've always had some freedom, but it'll definitely be tough without my family," he said in his super-deep voice. "Never been to Colorado. I'm ready."
What does the hard-core rapper hope to get out of this working summer, his first away from home?
"I definitely want to do what I love, meet new people and get out to people that never heard me before," Brown said.
He recently released his debut album, "All Dawgs Go To Heaven 2" (Rostrum Records), which is getting a lot of digital play. His song "W$GT$" has gotten thousands of views and plays on Soundcloud and YouTube. He said the song speaks to people "because it really sounds like my town."
Brown encourages anyone who "wants to see some high energy and have some fun, come out" to the Black Sheep show.
MICHELLE KARAS, THE GAZETTE, 476-1602, MICHELLE.KARAS@GAZETTE.COM