M.O.P. & Benny Up The Ante On A Beat That’s As Hard As Nails (Audio)
Much of the Rap community has been celebrating the Griselda Records movement in recent years. While brothers Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine have made their Buffalo, New York team one of the more exciting collectives in Rap, Benny The Butcher’s 2018 Tana Talk 3 LP only added to the impact. Like Hall N’ Nash, B.E.N.N.Y. represents hardcore Hip-Hop lyricism that is both nostalgic to the mid-’90s and forward-looking.
While many fans trace the Griselda style back to Wu-Tang Clan, The L.O.X., or The Firm, M.O.P. is also an influence. Westside Gunn’s menacing ad-libs alone are callbacks to the verbal warning shots of Billy Danze and Lil Fame. Moreover, both squads promote a talk-it-like-we-walk-it lifestyle. At times when some rappers some seem, these rappers pound their chests and stand as lions in the concrete jungles.
Griselda crosses paths with the Mash Out Posse, courtesy of producer Planit Hank. The Brooklyn veteran beat provider already had Conway and Fame together, along with Styles P on 2017 single “Finish Him.” This time it’s Benny The Butcher who hops on a song, “What Happened To The Streets,” with both Billy Danze and Lil Fame.
Over thumping drums and dramatic strings, all three artists bring the kind of quality bar-craftsmanship that was prevalent in the late 1990s and early 200s, and seems to be on the rise once again. While each spitter has standout lines, the way B.E.N.N.Y. ends his verse gives some rare insight into the life of a hustler, “Send the package somewhere safe, and then boarded the Boeing / Lost my way a couple times, asked the lord where I’m going / ‘Cause I keep it on me like I can’t afford it to tote it / I ran my money up, and I ain’t think my daughter would notice / Now she in class, got a Marc Jacob bag crossing her shoulder / It’s f*cked up when you find out your dog was a cobra / The Feds slick, get in the whip and can’t talk to the chauffeur.” Billy Danze follows with a verse that is so sincere about his paper. Fizzy Womack closes things out with his bellowing delivery.
Within the last year Brooklyn, New York’s Planit Hank has released “Life In Crooklyn,” an ode to the classic soundtrack cuts “Crooklyn Dodgers” (produced by A Tribe Called Quest) and its 1995 sequel, which features rappers from both songs, Buckshot and Jeru The Damaja, as well as AZ for good measure. Then, he dropped the aforementioned “Finish Him” featuring arguably the three hardest lyricists in the game, Styles P., Conway, and Lil Fame. As if those bangers weren’t enough, he also gave fans an Evil Dee remix of “The Omen,” which features Canibus, Chris Rivers, and Kool G. Rap, and a remix of “Finish Him” by Marco Polo.
Last month, Billy Danze released 6 Pack, which features Fame and Teflon. Selections from that release as well as Tana Talk 3 are currently on the official Ambrosia For Heads playlist.
#BonusBeat: A recent and comprehensive video interview with Benny The Butcher by The Real’s Bootleg Kev and DJ Hed: