Controversial issues in society such as gun control, police brutality, climate change, and more, have inspired artists to use their music as a way to fight for what they believe in. Professionally known as grandson, Jordan Benjamin is a musician, activist, and a fighter. He began making music in late 2015. In early 2016, he released several singles including “Bills” and “Bury Me Face Down.” Both songs put him on the charts and he started receiving millions of streams. He continued making music and was signed to RCA Records in 2017. In 2018, he released the first part of his EP trilogy titled A Modern Tragedy Vol. 1. The EP addresses current issues like police brutality and heavy use of drugs. In 2019, he received the SOCA Songwriting prize for his single “Blood//Water,” a song that deals with corporate greed and political corruption.
Benjamin was born in New Jersey but promptly moved to Toronto, Canada when he was three years old. He grew up in the Eglinton West area of Toronto and attended Northern Secondary School. After he graduated, he went to McGill University in Montreal.
In April of 2018, Benjamin released a single called “Thoughts and Prayers,” which made the listener aware of American gun laws after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Through incorporating lyrics such as “bulletproof backpacks. They wanna arm the teachers,” and “no thoughts, no prayers. Can’t bring back what’s no longer there,” it addresses real events that have happened after mass shootings.
“When I saw kids who looked just like me, who could’ve been my friends, dealing with loss, dealing with trauma, dealing with grief,” he said when explaining the next chapter of his XX Resistance campaign, XX Rock Bottom, “It was when I realized by visiting everytown.org that 100 people every single day in America are dying from gun violence. That was when I knew it was time for a change. That was when I knew I needed to use my voice.” XX Resistance is a way for Benjamin to connect his fans to empower one another and get involved with causes they care about. XX Rock Bottom is a way for him to encourage his fans to say what their rock bottom moment was pertaining to gun violence.