Benny returns with the highly anticipated Tana Talk 4 and he delivers a pretty solid project. Benny is definitely very focused and is able to spit amazing bars about drug dealing. This is definitely the soundtrack you would be playing going to pick up packs from the connect. He’s got features on here from Westside Gunn, Conway. Puffy, J Cole, and more. The beats on here are grimy as well incorporating that classic Griselda sound from the likes of Daringer and Alchemist. I think the most popular song is probably the single “Johnny P’s Caddy” featuring J Cole. “10 More Commandments” is another notable song featuring Puffy which is almost a continuation of sorts from Biggie’s classic track. All in all, this record is solid and definitely gives you that classic Griselda sound. I don’t think it lives up to Tana Talk 3, but it is still a pretty dope listen.
Benny flips a quick pack with this latest Griselda offering. It’s a quick 7 track project that features a lot of the Griselda regulars including Conway, Rick Hyde, and El Camino. Benny definitely keeps his bars hard and street as ever. He shows you what Buffalo is really like by taking you through the grimy streets. The production on here is pretty decent as well. It’s not going to sound like your classic, spooky Daringer style beats, but it definitely works. All in all, this is a dope project even though it is a quick one. Griselda fans will definitely rejoice with this one.
This one is a bit of a mixed bag. Benny & 38 Spesh join crews to give us a compilation of some of their work. Some of these songs are bangers and others are not their best work. The album starts off a bit slow but quickly ramps up with the main highlight of the project “Price Of Fame.” Klass Murda, Ransom, and Che Noir absolutely body this sinister, other-worldly beat. This is quite possibly one of the best verses I have ever heard from Che Noir and she should be commended for her talent. This is definitely the pinnacle of blacking out. Ransom is not too far behind her either. It’s unbelievable how focused these MCs are. “Spineless” is another dope joint by Ransom where he does what he does best over a beat that is one of the better ones on here. All in all, this project wasn’t too bad. It just seemed like there were a few throw away tracks on here and they should be apparent upon listening.
Benny drops his latest project The Plugs I Met 2, and this one has a bit of a different vibe to it. Musically, it has more of an ethereal feel to it. The beats are dope, but definitely sound otherworldly, or up in the heavens, if that makes sense. His bars are street and gutter as usual. He definitely keeps the plug talk going. There’s also a sense of desperation on this record which allows him to connect to many listeners. You will hear some decent features from Fat Joe, Jim Jones, Rick Hyde, and more. This is definitely another brick on the house that Griselda built and sounds really dope. This will be another record to bump while travelling state to state with those illegal substances in the trunk of the car.
For the Conflicted movie soundtrack, the Griselda roster enlists most of their own team and other notable greats from the underground to provide the backdrop for the movie. There are tons of artists featured on this soundtrack including Westside Gunn, Benny, Rick Hyde, Flee Lord, Lloyd Banks, Eto, Dave East, Wale, and many more. On the whole, most of these artists rip their verses on their individual songs. The production on here is definitely street and grimy. There are plenty of joints to get your head nodding on here. The highlights on this project include “Pride” by Ransom and “The Hurt Business” by Westside Gunn, Wale, and Smoke DZA. If you are a fan of grimy, street music, this is the project for you.
Benny slices right back through the industry with a brand new project called Burden Of Proof. This one is absolutely fantastic. It really plays through pretty strongly from beginning to end. On the mic, Benny is as strong as ever. His bars are focused and dominating. He demonstrates how great he really is as a rapper by blending street talk with luxurious rhymes. The beats on here are near perfect as well. Hit-Boy delivers most of the beats except 2 by Jansport J. They both do a phenomenal job behind the boards. The highlight is the opening track “Burden Of Proof” where he absolutely unleashes on the competition over a slamming Hit-Boy beat. Other highlights include “One Way Flight” with Freddie Gibbs, “Thank God I Made It” with Queen Naija, and “Legend.” You really aren’t going to find too much wrong with this project. Benny really seems to be able to aim for classics and either get there or fall only super short of it. Let’s hope that Benny continues to crank out projects like these for a long time to come.
Benny and company assemble to provide us with a glimpse of the Black Soprano Family and what they can do on the mic. This one is straight for the drug dealers out there. You’re not gonna find any radio-friendly tracks or shit for the radio on here. These 8 tracks are strictly for those out there hustling. As far as bars go, that is pretty much what the subject matter entails. You won’t really get anything outside of that. The production on here is decent. I think overall, I was expecting more out of this release. I wanted to hear harder and more clever bars. So it is pretty standard in both the lyrics and the production. The highlight on here is probably “It’s Over” with its dope vocal-sample and comfortable beat for the MCs to flow over. It makes their job easier and they sound pretty good overall. Not a bad sounding joint overall, it’s just that there really aren’t any bells and whistles on here.
The Griselda camp comes through with their highly anticipated team effort album. When a team is so consistently good, it’s hard to keep that same level of quality every single time without fail. This album, while it is a great listen, fell a little bit short from where my expectations were. In no way am I saying this album is bad or whack, because it’s not. It’s just that I didn’t really come away from it with any real special moments that stuck out. Westside Gunn, Conway, and Benny all do their thing on the mic. It’s no question that they can always spit bars. The beats are decent on here as well. It’s the same grimy and gritty Griselda spooky sound. Maybe it’s possible they didn’t really push the envelope with this one. Maybe it was a bit more rushed than it should have been? I Know it is the end of the year and everyone is trying to get their projects out so it’s possible this might have been rushed a bit. Overall, it is still a good album and Griselda fans will definitely love it.
An unlikely pairing of Smoke DZA and Benny the Butcher somehow has come to light and it is pretty slamming. They join forces with Pete Rock to make a very quick and very dope EP. At only 6 songs, there’s not a lot of time to get the point across, but they definitely get the job done. The bars are definitely very strong. A lot of times when MCs team up, they feed off each other’s energies and try to outdo the other and that is exactly what happened on this one. Benny has really slick drug bars while Smoke DZA complements him with his own dope flow. He actually sounded better than I remember him sounding on previous releases. With the legendary Pete Rock on the boards, you can’t go wrong. There are some real bangers on here so y’all should really enjoy this one.
There was a lot of hype for this next EP from Benny following his classic Tana Talk 3 album. They were absolutely right to be hyped because he came back just as hard with this release. Even though this project is only 7 tracks, Benny absolutely rips through it with his rhymes. He also has some fantastic guest features on here as well. Everyone featured really seemed to step up their game. You get fire verses from Jadakiss, RJ Payne, Conway, Pusha T, 38 Spesh, and Black Thought. The vocal side of this project definitely outweighs the production side. That is not to say the production is bad. They definitely have some really hard drums on here to bob your head to. The beats on Tana Talk 3 were better, but not by much. Griselda is an unstoppable force that people need to get on board with. If you aren’t listening to every release they have, you are doing yourself a huge disservice.
Benny comes back with an absolute hard as nails album with this one. What a fantastic job by the Griselda shooter here. You got just about everything you need with this project. The rhymes are insanely good. He is so good at spitting these hard and realistic street bars. I’d put him in the same category as Styles P with how raw and talented he is. Every bar is finely crafted with the most elegant street talk but also clever as all hell. His rhyme scheme is stepped up with every release he has nowadays. The beats by Daringer are great on here as well. They really have that dark and sinister feel to them as Benny tramples all over them with the rhymes. You almost get the feel of walking down a dark alley with that pistol on your side trying to make a hand-to-hand deal without getting caught by the police. Notable songs on here include “Who Are You” featuring Royce Da 5’9″. Benny’s verse on here is just top notch. Dude is really killing it on the mic. The Intro to the album is another really dope beat that sets the tone for the whole project. From beginning to end, there aren’t really many low points on this album. This is definitely one to check out.
Here is another decent release from Benny The Butcher. He comes through slicing up the competition on the mob-themed A Friend Of Ours project. Lyrically he is cutting up anyone who comes in the way with his raw and gritty, real life, street lyrics. He paints a picture so vivid, but also just different enough to make himself stand out from other rappers. The beats are solid on here as well. Nothing too over the top, but nothing really forgettable either. I would have liked to hear more of the Daringer sound on here, but at the same time, they may be cooking up something for a later time. The highlight on this project for me was the first track, “Mob Ties.” The hook is just slamming and Benny hits us with hard mafia and drug bars to set the precedent for the whole album. If you are a Griselda Records fan, you definitely gotta peep this latest installment of their saga.
Benny links up with 38 Spesh for this collaboration album that turned out pretty dope. I was definitely hyped to see new material from Benny. His bars on here were pretty damn good. He definitely gives you some clever wordplay about street life and crimes. He is definitely pushing the artform in a new direction of talent. 38 Spesh, while maybe not as good as Benny, still does a somewhat decent job. I think he was a decent complement to Benny on this project. Two dope features from Styles and Jadakiss are the only ones that appear on here. They definitely both shine on here. This project is definitely filled with street raps and it comes off real dope. The beats are pretty good as well. I think there were a few that were a little bit lackluster but overall, there are some dope tracks on here with a few bangers mixed in. The two highlights are probably “So Strategic” and “My River.” These are just fantastic beats that go hard. You may recognize the “So Strategic” sample from the old Diplomats track “I Really Mean It.” All in all, I think that these 2 cooked up a fine project with this one. Definitely something that the streets can feed off of.
The highly anticipated debut project from the Griselda shooter Benny hits us pretty hard but not as hard as I originally thought that it would. Although there really aren’t any bad songs on here, they didn’t really come hard out the gate like they should have. The first song we hear is “Rivi” and although Benny spits hard bars over it, the beat is just a little too dark and chill for what should have been his introduction to the world. I would have liked to see him come out the gate with a dope freestyle over a classic beat. That doesn’t come until the 4th track “Blood Money” over the classic CNN track. The beats on this project overall are good, but they are a bit darker than I would have preferred. Those tracks work, but they seem to overshadow this project. It’s almost like a dark cloud over top of the whole thing. The highlight of the project is probably the “Change” track. This is just a perfect example of how good Benny can be. So all in all, we know Benny can spit, but it’s just that he would do a better job with a project over some more up-tempo beats. Still, this is a great debut.