"But I felt like: Let me do it now 'cause these kids [in the audience], it feels good to know that they're happy.
I really don't actually get anything from performing."That latter sentiment was something that took him a little bit to come to terms with, especially at Outkast's first big show back, at Coachella.
The rapper said he had to find the right headspace, especially after he realized he was performing in front of music royalty. "A few hours before the Coachella show, I get a message that Prince and Paul Mc Cartney are going to be there.
My spirit is not right, and idols are standing side-stage, so as the show started, I'm bummed. In my mind I was already gone to my hotel room halfway through."So Prince called a couple days after," he explained. He said: ' When you come back, people want to be wowed. Just give them the hits.'" Benjamin protested and said he didn't want to just go through the hits, but Prince advised him that he had been there himself and from experience, when you give an audience the hits first, an artist is able to do whatever he or she wants.
"[Playing] Hendrix kind of saved me," he told the .
"I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day.
Earlier this year, Ridley talked to talked to about Benjamin's preparation for this intimidating role. "He didn't just work on playing the guitar, but playing the guitar left-handed....
"I feel good in being able to look at Big Boi and say, ' Hey, man, we did it,'" the rapper said.
"I know this may sound morbid, but I was like, if I were to die today, I have all these half-songs on my hard drive, and I don't want that," he said., a biopic in which he stars as Jimi Hendrix.
Benjamin's goal in taking on the role was to present something new about Hendrix that couldn't be found on You Tube, but he also had more personal objectives.
"He broke it down like this: ' You're a grown man.
You're either going to do it or you're not,'" Benjamin told the .
with Chas Chandler (Andrew Buckley), the bassist for the Animals, who’d expressed interest in managing his own artists.