Eminem’s 1st Griselda Collaboration Starts With A Bang Alongside Conway (Audio)
It has been more than two years since Eminem inked a partnership with Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine, and their Griselda Records family. The March 2017 announcement followed with a Hall N’ Nash (Wes’ and Con’s duo name) song produced by Just Blaze, “MachineGun Back.” The Detroit/Buffalo connection continued that year with an October BET Awards Cypher in a Detroit parking garage. With Em’ and Wes’ looking on, Conway bodied the moment, as did Benny The Butcher—another one of Griselda’s lyrical enforcers.
This April, Benny confirmed with Ambrosia For Heads, that Griselda’s first album release (titled WWCD for “What Would Chinegun Do”) with Shady would be by all three: Gunn, Conway, and The Butcher. In a May video interview with AFH TV, the three Griselda MCs added that Conway would follow with a solo album through Eminem’s major-backed label.
Heads are getting a surprise taste of the latter album today (July 19), and the Shady/Interscope Records single features Eminem alongside Conway. From the upcoming God Don’t Make Mistakes, “Bang” lives up to its name. The song is produced by longtime Griselda creator Daringer in conjunction with Grammy Award-winner Beat Butcha (The Carters, Nipsey Hussle, Rick Ross).
“Everything I jot is mean, how you gon’ stop Machine? / My name, it probably ring like Las Vegas slot machines,” touts Con’ on what will go down as his biggest song to date. “The MAC by my pelvis in my Helmut Lang / The shells’ll bang, make everything outta your helmet hang / Uh, the mayo jar was Hellman’s when I swirled the ‘caine / Then I wrapped the yayo up in cellophane / My shooter got Dame Lillard-from-the-elbow-aim / I thought of that while I was courtside at the Melo game / Bricks are off-white, I imported some / Whippin’ all night until the mornin’ come / Still picture long nights until my portrait come / That’s big checks on the side like the Off-White Jordan 1’s.” Conway rhymes as he has on volumes of self-released cult classics. Instead of going to Marshall Mathers’ world, he brings Eminem to his.
Eminem matches Con’s sinister energy, but on his own terms—weaving in Y2K pop stars and dissing peers. “I used to be a man of the people / Hit the clubs and mingle / Used to dream one day I’d be f*ckin’ P!nk like a flamingo / That was back when I smoked Canibus / Man, but it was tough, ’cause I was a fan of his / So it sucked to hand him his ass, but / Yeah, lookin’ back on my feuds, how me and Ja Rule almost got cool / ‘Cause we shot pool back in ’01, was it ’02? / I don’t know, but something told me fuckin’ not to / Then we got stuck in high school, I shoved an Oscar up his wazoo.” The Academy Award-winner takes a jab at the Murder Inc. flagship artist who took many jabs at Eminem following 50 Cent’s signing to Shady.
Marshall then breaks into singing, claiming a sizable body count of Rap peers. He takes a jab at Iggy Azalea, refusing to be compared to her. Instead, he suggests comparisons to Nas, Biggie Smalls, Meek Mill, and Das EFX.
Last month, Conway made a cameo in AFH TV‘s interview with Benny The Butcher surrounding The Plugs I Met. That video and hundreds of others are available on AFH TV. Subscribe to watch in full. We are currently offering free 30-day trials.