Watch The Strange Spectacle Of Griselda Performing Hard-Ass Drug-Rap On Fallon

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Griselda-on-FallonLast year, the grimy and guttural Buffalo rap crew Griselda — the team of Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher — finally released the album WWCD, their long-awaited official debut for Eminem’s Shady Records. Remarkably, Griselda kept their old aesthetic perfectly intact. The album was nothing but nasty, ugly crime-life … More »

Griselda – “Dr Birds” Video (Dir. Hype Williams)

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Griselda-Dr-Birds-videoYou could make a strong argument that Hype Williams is the greatest music video director who has ever lived. He is, at the very least, top-five. With his clips for people like Biggie Smalls, 2PAc, Missy Elliott, and Busta Rhymes, Williams more or less figured out the visual presentation of rap music in the ’90s, … More »

Wiki’s Great Quarter-Life Crisis Rap Album

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Wiki“I shit you not,” Wiki admits to himself and to the world halfway through his new album Oofie. “There will be another kid to take my spot.” He says this like he’s some old gunslinger watching death creep up over the horizon. He is not that. Wiki is 26 years old. And yet … More »

Stream Smoke DZA & Benny The Butcher’s Pete Rock-Produced Statue Of Limitations EP

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Smoke-DZA-Statue-Of-LimitationsPete Rock has been making music since the late ’80s, and he’s one of the greatest rap producers of all time. Together with his rapping partner CL Smooth, Rock made two classic albums, and the Pete Rock/CL Smooth track “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” is just a perfect piece of music. But as a producer, … More »

Is A Rap American Idol Even Possible?

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Rhythm-And-FlowTwelve years ago, someone from MTV called me and asked me to come into their office. I went. I met Ashton Kutcher in the lobby. It was weird. More »

Clipping. – “La Mala Ordina” (Feat. The Rita, Benny The Butcher, & Elcamino)

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ClippingExperimental noise-rap trio Clipping. love to play around with the tropes and conventions of their genre. And on their upcoming album There Existed An Addiction To Blood, their latest playground is horrorcore, the transgressive mid-’90s subgrenre pionereed by artists like Gravediggaz and Brotha Lynch Hung. More »

The Wu-Tang Clan’s New Hulu Show Is Beautiful Mythmaking

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Wu-Tang-An-American-SagaThere are many, many reasons why I love rap music. One of those reasons, I have learned, is this: At a young and formative age, I had my mind blown by superhero comics. Many rappers — most of the best rappers — present themselves as flesh-and-blood superheroes. (In this, rappers are like action-movie stars or … More »

Benny The Butcher & Mach-Hommy, Keepers Of The East Coast Flame

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Benny-The-ButcherBuffalo is not New York City. It’s nowhere near New York City. It’s not even coastal. Buffalo is closer to Toronto or Cleveland than it is to NYC. And yet Buffalo is, at present, cranking out some of the best New York rap in recent memory. In the past few years, Westside Gunn and Conway, … More »

Stream Benny The Butcher’s The Plugs I Met EP

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Benny-The-Butcher-The-Plugs-I-MetFor the past few years, the Buffalo rapper Benny The Butcher (formerly just Benny) has been building a name for himself, releasing mixtapes and dropping ridiculously hard guest verses on tracks from fellow Buffalo rappers Westside Gunn and Conway. And now, like Westside Gunn and Conway before him, Benny is breaking out, making music that … More »

♫ Listen: Benny The Butcher – A FRIEND OF OURS

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Sometimes when stressed, I like to think about how I’ll be dead at some point and won’t have to deal with stuff anymore. It’s a morbid, Tony Soprano kind of way of thinking, but it seems to help!

Speaking of Mr. Soprano, there he is on the cover of this new Benny The Butcher EP, A FRIEND OF OURS. And he’s WITH his friends! Neat!

Speaking of Mr. The Butcher, Benny will coke-rap his way right into your heart if you’re unfamiliar with the Buffalo MC. Don’t believe me? Just press play and be transformed to a land of powder residue and secrecy; of linguistic acrobatics and grimy beats. Go ahead and do it!!

A FRIEND OF OURS by benny the butcher