When people think about dubstep, some obvious names comes to mind: Skrillex, Rusko, Flux Pavilion, Skream, Bassnectar, 12th Planet. One name that gets slept on by the fairweather dubstep fan is Benga, and we're not sure why. He's been banging out beats just as long as Skream has, and many of their early releases were on the same imprints. Their partnership has grown from releasing tracks together to being two-thirds of Magnetic Man to hosting BBC Radio 1's Dubstep Show. As a solo artist, Benga has brought a number of vibes to the dubstep scene, from the dirty, 4x4 beats to vocal tracks that don't loose their "oomph," getting love from the DJs as well as the ravers.
While his album Chapter II isn't available in the U.S. (yet), it represents the next stage of his sound, incorporating everything he's been known for, but elevating each of those points to the next level. Sexy, smooth, rough, rugged, and bass heavy, Benga's music serves up many different flavors. He's been at it since 2002, and has rinsed many venues since. Here are Benga's 10 best tracks.Click to start the list