After spending years producing and writing for some of the biggest artists in the world, Benjamin, aka ‘Benny’ Blanco has a ton of stories to tell about the music industry. Ahead of the arrival of his new solo album Friends Keep Secrets 2, Benny sat down for an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe to share some of the craziest stories in his career, as well as how he accidentally kissed Beyounce in front of her husband, Jay Z.
So, grab your pillows, maybe some popcorn or cracker biscuit and soda because the 33-year-old record producer shared rare details about his unforgettable weekend with the power couple.
“One night we’re chilling…,” the songwriter recalled, noting other producers were there, including Hit-Boy. “Beyoncé’s like, ‘Let’s have a beat battle.’ …I’m playing beats, and Jay Z is there and we’re just drinking, chilling. He comes up to me and he’s freestyling in my ear. And I’m like, ‘Jay Z is sitting here, getting drunk with me while Beyoncé is singing little riffs, and he’s freestyling in my ear. And we’re about to all go in the pool after.’ It’s these moments, I’m like, ‘How is this my life?'”
But, sadly, all good things must come to an end. Benny revealed he would later think his “life is over” on the final night of staying with Bey and Jay, noting “this is the craziest story.”
The musician admitted he was worried about the best way to say goodbye to the couple.
“We’re sitting there. It’s the end of the night. It’s like the third night I’m there, OK? Everyone’s drunk,” he remembered. “We’re having fun. It’s the best time ever. We’re saying, ‘Good night.’ And it’s at that point where I’m like…Do I hug Beyoncé? Like, what’s the protocol? What do you do? Are you just like, ‘Bye?'”
As Benny explained, the first night he arrived at the pair’s house they weren’t “close yet,” so his goodbyes were low-key and casual.
“But it’s like, we’re all getting to know each other,” he continued, “and normally in that time I’d be like, ‘Ah, great to hang.’ So I’m like, do I go in for the hug? And you’re like a little dude…You’re with Jay Z and Beyoncé. You’re at their house. They’re in shorts and a T-shirt. You’re sitting there.”
At this point, the “Lonely” artist said he decided to give the Houston native a “very European” goodbye. However, it immediately went south.
“I remember I go in for the hug…and then, I’m like, I’m going to kiss her on the cheek. That’s what you do. Yeah, you do,” he shared. “And I went to…kiss on the cheek, and I guess we missed a little bit. I definitely hit the corner of some sort of lip. I’m like, ‘Oh, my God. This is the worst thing in my life.'”
Of course, as if Benny could not feel more awkward, he said “Jay Z is right there looking at me” as it happened.
“And I’m just like, my lip is here. Hers is there…and I look at Jay and I’m like, ‘Oh, OK. I’m dead. My life is over. It was great. Nice knowing you guys.’ My life flashed before my eyes,” he explained, adding that the rapper responded, “‘All right, bro. See you tomorrow.'”
But despite the hiccup, the “Roses” musician raved over that weekend with the power couple and shared how it was the “best” experience.
“The crazy thing is,” he noted, “That’s a situation where I never made music with Beyoncé that came out, but that moment in my life, going there, learning from them, I learned so much from her, learned so much from him.”
He added, “That experience is the best to me. To me, it’s about the journey.” “No one noticed…,” Benny pointed out. “She didn’t… This is where my neuroses comes in.”