Influences: Michael Jackson, Prince, Kanye West, Naz, Slim Shady, Bob Marley, Timberland, Lauren Hill, U2, Cold Play, Missy Elliott, Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton, Mariah Carey, 2 Pac, Notorious Big, Canibus
Recording Artist, Song writer, Entertainer + Sound Engineer at Sly and Robbie
Group Leader /Writer/ Music Producer at The Innocent Kru
Former Studio Engineer/ Musican/ Artist at Celestial Sounds - Steven Ventura
Studied Classical Piano at Edna Manley College
Studied Street Side Univercity at The La Benz Corner Bruke Valley
In life there are people who are born to be innovators and creators, people who seem to be genetically designed and programmed to seek out initiatives and generate life changing opportunities even in the midst of the most dire of situations.
Hemsley Ainsley Coleman Morris Jr. better known as Benzly Hype!!! is one such individual. Son of once popular Jamaican Musician and Balladeer Ainsley Morris he has definitely followed and out run his fathers foot steps.
He humbly embodies the sole of a creative genius, one who has masterfully crafted his talents as not only a hit producer, musician and performer but also as a screen writer / actor / TV program producer and entrepreneur.
The rough unforgiving streets of Kingston, Jamaica particularly the Red Hills Rd. area served as the playground responsible for shaping young Benzly Hype’s!!! future. Initially a student of the classical arts who has been playing instruments like the piano and guitar since age 4, Benzly became magnetized when he discovered the awe-inspiring power of dancehall music.
His thirst for musical happiness lead young Benzly on a journey through the gully’s and trenches of Kingston City, a journey that inevitably created the foundation he needed for the hype world of dancehall. Through his journey he formed alliances with La Benz sound system where he was an equipment crew member aka ‘box boy’ who later turned selector then DJ. This proved to be a launch pad for his performing career, as he soon became an opening act for Spragga Benz and various people of the Benzspeculous crew. However before becoming hugely popular young Benzly, began learning the art of sound recording at the coveted Celestial Sounds Recording Studio during his off time from school and La Benz. There he was given the opportunity to gain vital hands on experience which later resulted in him recording numerous audio sessions and writing songs for a variety of artistes such as Beenie Man, Merciless, Frisco Kid and Capt. Barkey just to name a few.
His hard work, patience, sacrifice and determination would eventually pay off in the late 90’s, that’s when 17 year old Benzly Hype!!! shot to stardom as a leading member of dancehall’s first ever lyrical quartet, Innocent Kru. Originally started as a group amongst friends they managed to top both local and international charts with hits like Impossible Train, Turn It Up, Not Guilty and Wogga Wogga. Together with Benzly Hype!!! Innocent Kru single handedly revolutionized the manner in which dancehall was being produced.
His enormous appetite for knowledge and success combined with his undying thirst for originality has helped to garner much respect from many industry legends, such as Sly Dunbar of the legendary musical duo Sly and Robbie, and dancehall beat masters Steelie & Clevie. With much tutelage from these icons, Benzly Hype!!! stands dominant in a class by himself.
So dominant is his force that he has arguably made one of the most successful crosses from music into acting ever seen in the history of Jamaican television. With the creation of ‘Me And Mi Kru’ a television comedy series for which he not only plays the lead but is also the creator, writer and producer has created shockwaves since it’s debut early 2009. Now in it’s 3rd season ‘Me And Mi Kru’ is already the most anticipated TV program to hit Jamaica in 15 years. Inspired by the real life experiences of Benzly Hype!!! it is transmitted to over 2 million homes via local TV station 2 times per week.