Conway teams up with producer Trillmatic for another installment of the Organized Grime series. This one is pretty slamming from beginning to end. On the mic, Conway goes hard and show the competition why he is one of the best. Not that he even needs help at all, but you will get fantastic features from Rome Streetz, Benny, Flee Lord, and more. The production on here is pretty decent. There are a few spots in the middle of the project that may let a foot off the gas a little bit, but overall, it is still strong. The highlight is the Rome Streetz assisted “Murder He Wrote” where both MCs just destroy the mic effortlessly. This is another dope Griselda project. They show no signs of letting up at all.
Conway joins forces with Big Ghost Ltd yet again for another joint venture. Conway effortlessly punches holes right through the competition with his bars. He really makes it seem so easy to just pummel every other rapper. He has features from Method Man, Jae Skeese, and several others. It was definitely good to hear him rhyme with Method Man again. That is a good combo there. The production on here is pretty decent overall. This might not be the best work from Big Ghost Ltd, but it’s still pretty solid overall. Another dope project from Conway and Big Ghost to keep the Griselda train rollin.
Conway drops a new studio album that sounds a bit different than previous releases. This one definitely shows a more vulnerable side of The Machine. There are some songs with deeper content and more introspective views of his life. He definitely unloads more of the traumatic experiences of his life. His bars are definitely top tier and rappers aren’t messing with him in any capacity. The beats are slightly different than the regular Griselda sound that we are used to hearing. You still get tracks like “John Woo Flick” that feature Benny and Westside Gunn that give you that classic sound, but there are a lot of others that don’t quite have that sound. One of the standout tracks is “Stressed” featuring Wallo267. This is one of his deepest and most heart-wrenching songs to date. We definitely get to see his pain on display on this one. All in all, this may not be Conway’s best album ever, but it is definitely an important one.
Conway The Machine hits us with a surprise mixtape before the album with this one here. It definitely sounds more like a traditional mixtape too which is a good sound. He has it hosted by a DJ and is just ripping verses over some popular tracks. On the mic, Conway is definitely a machine and gives us bars for days. His expertly-crafted bars should apply pressure to every MC out there. He’s the type of rapper that has never dropped a whack verse. For the beats he selected, there is a good mix on here. There are some more commercial ones and even some harder beats for him to rock over. All in all, this is a good look and definitely builds anticipation before the long-awaited album. I know we are all looking forward to this one.
Conway drops a quick 6 track EP of some loose songs. This one is pretty dope overall. On the mic, Conway is fantastic and his bars aren’t matched by many. He is able to body the competition with the greatest of ease every single time. It really is uncanny how great he is lyrically. The beats on here are pretty dope as well. There are some beats where Conway will even switch up his flow to show how versatile he is. The highlight of this small project is “Spoons House” which is the first track. The beat is fantastic with a great, smooth vocal sample. Conway gives us some real life bars to show his lifestyle and his loyalty. We always look forward to any releases from the Griselda camp monster Conway The Machine.
Conway hits us with his latest album La Maquina. Conway is definitely a pro at the rhymes and hits us with bars hard enough to put someone in intensive care. He never runs out of phrases to rhyme together and paints a picture of bravado and braggadocio like none other. There are features from Westside Gunn, Benny, Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Jay Skeese, and more that add to the project and sometimes even seem to take the spotlight especially towards the end. The beats on this project sound polished and well-constructed. You can tell there was patience and timing poured into the creation of this album. This was a dope listen and Conway just continues to pummel the competition effortlessly.
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.
Conway joins forces with Big Ghost Ltd for another project. This one is decent, but not as good as their previous offering. In the rhymes department, Conway kills it as always. He is far better than most of you rappers out there. He is consistently killing it with bar after bar of effortless brutality. The beats on this project are where it needed some more work. This is not the best from Big Ghost Ltd. This is not to say that the beats are bad. They are decent, but they are not his best work. It could have been stepped up a bit on the production side. It was hard to find a standout track on here. The best track is probably “Kill All Rats” featuring Ransom and Rome Streetz. All the MCs kill it and the beat does sound rather sinister. Overall, it almost seemed like more of a throwaway project. I definitely hope that there is more work put into future projects.
Conway releases his highly anticipated album From King To A God and it was well worth the wait. From the jump, you can tell his bars are hard and focused. He is on a mission to achieve greatness and he does just that. Song after song, he is just slaying the competition. There is no getting up after Conway smacks you down with the mic. The beats on here are pretty decent throughout as well. With production from Daringer, Havoc, Beat Butcha, Erick Sermon, DJ Premier, and more, he basically couldn’t go wrong. Highlights on this project include the personal song “Forever Droppin Tears” in which he talks about the death of a very dear friend. “Fear Of God” featuring Dej Loaf is another great beat in which Conway kills it with the lyrics and Dej Loaf sounds great for backing vocals. The track “Lemon” with Method Man is sure to satisfy any of the bar heads out there. “Front Lines” is his take on current social injustice issues. Plus there are a ton more songs on here that are just fantastically created. This really is an all around great album. Conway did a great job here and I really hope he sticks around for a long time and keeps making music. Please don’t retire Conway.
Conway teams up with super producer Big Ghost LTD to release a new EP that is full of some heat. On paper, it seemed like Conway would be knocking out of the park with this combination. Although, I don’t think they quite hit it out of the park like they should have, they did make a banger. Big Ghost provides some real hitters for Conway to do his thing over. Conway’s rhymes are supreme just as they always are. The only track I was a little disappointed in was the strange “Fish Guts.” In it, Conway basically just names off every Griselda project and tells us it is classic. While he is not wrong, it does seem a little bit lazy. I hope that the Griselda members are not becoming complacent and resting on their laurels. This is the time to keep the foot on the gas and keep going hard. Nevertheless, this one is sure to get more than a few spins.
Conway the Machine teams up with super producer Alchemist to give us a quick EP. This is a really dope release, however I don’t think it quite measures up to Conway’s previous releases. There are only 7 tracks on here, which in this case is probably sufficient. For whatever reason, this just didn’t turn out as monumental as it should have. Conway absolutely bodies the microphone as he always does. He also chooses to try different flows on songs like “Calvin.” I’m not 100% convinced that it worked. It’s different, it nothing else. Alchemist does a satisfactory job on the beats. The highlight of the whole project is the Schoolboy Q assisted “Shoot Sideways.” The best way to describe this song is it sounds like Jaws is creeping up to you. It’s the perfect explanation for how dope the beat is. Even though I thought this project would have been better, it’s still dope on some level. We’re definitely still waiting for another Conway project.
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.
The Machine is back with a quick new mixtape in preparation for his debut album on Shady Records. This is a relatively quick project that is pretty dope. There’s no question that Conway absolutely slays the rhymes throughout this. He always has and always will. There’s no coaching perfection. The beats are pretty decent on here as well. To be super nitpicky, this is not Conway’s best project ever. If you put it up against the rest of the industry, it destroys the competition. If you put it up against his own catalog, it might be in the middle somewhere. The best track on here is without a doubt “Vino D” which features Jim Jones, Dave East, & El Camino. Everyone slays their verse over a dope track and awesome sung hook by El Camino. Another dope track is “Tito’s Back” which is a posse cut featuring Westside Gunn & Benny. This camp can do no wrong and the train just keeps rolling through. Can’t wait for the album!
This is a superb and quick record from Conway The Machine and the producer Trillmatic. It gets to the point quickly as Conway opens up the 7 song project with “Come Get With Me.” You get hard bars on this one and it doesn’t let up the whole way through this project. Every song on here is dope. The beats are slamming. At some points, the beats can be a little melancholy, but still some hard drums throughout. The rhymes are all on point. The highlight is “Come Get With Me.” This beat is just knocking and Conway rips the microphone apart on here. You absolutely can’t go wrong with this one. It’s got everything you need in a record. I wish this would have been a full length album.
The machine drops off the third installment of the Everybody Is Food series. Although this one is still a banger, it didn’t seem to hit quite as hard as previous Conway releases. This one felt a little more rushed and thrown together. There’s no question that his rhymes are always top notch. He is definitely a high caliber MC when it comes to the bars. For the most part, he does his thing on here. There were a few bars here and there that did feel a little rushed. The beats were a similar story. Overall they were good, but when you compare them to other Conway projects, they just don’t seem to quite cross the finish line in the same way. I did like how he opened up a bit more with the song “Don’t Judge Me.” It’s good to see multiple sides and even vulnerable sides of an MC. It definitely gives the audience a chance to relate. I think Griselda as a whole is just trying to keep the streets hot while they are cooking up the studio albums so they are dropping off some projects just to keep everyone’s thirsts quenched. We will see what is coming next from them.
Conway releases another installment of his Everybody Is F.O.O.D. series and just sorta snuck this one out there. In the Rap Radar interview as he said, he did this one “just for fun.” He effortlessly throws out banger after banger. It really is uncanny to watch Conway and the whole Griselda camp work. This project definitely isn’t Conway’s best work but it is dope on some level. It wasn’t as good as the first one and it was because of the beats. Now don’t get me wrong here, this is still doper than most stuff out there nowadays. It’s just when you compare the beats on here to the rest of the Griselda catalog, it just doesn’t measure up as much against that. Conway’s rhymes are crazy throughout the project. There is no question at all about his lyrical capability. You can hear it in every single bar that he spits. Just such rawness and ferocity in every line. If you are a Griselda fan, you will definitely dig this release. If you are new to the camp, better check out some of their other releases first.
Conway is at the top of his game with this release. This was a CD only release at first but was then released onto digital platforms. I don’t know how he does it, but every single release, he is just murdering the game and the competition. His bars are nasty all throughout this project. It’s almost as if he was perfect before, and he stepped it up a notch again on this one. Conway is consistently giving high level street rhymes for the audience to see what the Buffalo MC is all about. The beats on here are top notch as well. Track after track, he gives you fire with production from Daringer, Pete Rock, Statik Selektah, and DJ Green Lantern. Highlights include “Slapbox” in which he tells the story of a heist gone wrong and “Land O Lakes” which features Busta Rhymes. There are also dope features from Elzhi and Skyzoo on this project. This is just about a complete package here. I’ve definitely had this joint on non-stop repeat since I copped it.
I don’t even think this is an official Conway release. He had tweeted that even though his name was on it, that it wasn’t official. That being said, it was a weird release. It didn’t have the same style that we are used to out of the Griselda camp. I imagine that is why he is not endorsing this project. Conway definitely did his thing lyrically on this tape. He is killing it every time he spits. It’s like a mean right hook to the jaw. The beats are decent. Again, it doesn’t sound like the normal Daringer type stuff you are used to hearing, but the beats don’t suck. This guy Sonnyjim sucks at rapping though. Don’t ever touch a mic again. Please, for the love of God. Just stick to beats. All in all, it wasn’t a bad listen though seeing as how Conway carried this release.
The Machine is back out of nowhere with some heat for the street. Here is another quick collection of some more flames from Conway. On the mic, he is absolutely obliterating the competition once again. I really don’t think there are many new school artists that can compete with Conway lyrically. He just effortlessly punishes everyone and this new tape is no exception. His wordplay is so precise and street on this project. As far as the beats, they actually sound slightly lighter than I’m used to for Daringer’s production. I’m not saying that this is some kind of radio album or anything. Daringer just picks some samples that aren’t as dark and sinister as the signature sound we have come to expect from him. You definitely get to see a different side of him musically. This album is a must have for any Griselda fans out there. That is a camp that basically can do no wrong.
Conway drops off his super long-awaited solo studio album G.O.A.T. The hype around this was very high and I think he lived up to the expectations. Granted, while it does sound like his previous mixtapes, there’s no problem with that because everything is quality music. His rhymes are razor sharp all throughout the project. The beats are mostly Daringer and Alchemist doing what they do best. They are dark and sinister beats in which Conway rips it. There are a few appropriate features on here including Benny, Prodigy, Styles, Raekwon, Royce Da 5’9″, and Lloyd Banks. The best song on here has to be “Die On Xmas” which features Benny. Conway’s verse is on a skill level that is almost other-worldly. He must have had some kind of divine inspiration with how dope that verse is. Or, he is just that good. The only complaint I have about this one is that it is too short. I wanted a hefty 15 or 18 tracks but was only left with 10. Nonetheless, this is a must listen.
Westside Gunn is back with another installment of his Hitler Wears Hermes series. This one is an absolute banger. The tracks are classic piano and drum loops that sound almost haunting. Daringer and Alchemist create a perfect sound for the Griselda MC. He spits violent and fashionable bars perfectly over this backdrop. The rhymes are great and there are also some great features from Conway, Benny, and Styles P. There really aren’t any bad tracks on here. The hottest tracks on here are probably “RIP Bobby” and “Down State.” These are just absolute bangers. This is classic NY sound at it’s best. This Griselda camp can do no wrong.
Conway is back again with an absolute banger. This mixtape is simply amazing. I didn’t really expect anything less from the Griselda camp. They are pretty consistent with their releases. This one was almost a surprise release coming out of nowhere. Conway delivers bars like the beast that he is. His rhymes are just so raw and gritty. He is also so highly technical with them and his rhyme schemes are a barrage of pain. The beats are a great mix of some classic freestyle beats and some new beats from Daringer. There really isn’t enough good that can be said about this project. If you don’t know about this camp yet, you are just fooling yourself. Cop this and put it on heavy rotation.
Conway has finally released some new music on us and Jesus was this project dope. The beats are a perfect blend for a mixtape. There are some strong instrumentals on there like “You Kan’t Live freestyle” and “Not Humble freestyle” in which The Machine raps over some other artist’s tracks. Then there is original songs on there that are done by Daringer which are pretty much always great. His rhymes are what really stands out on here. Conway is out there murdering the competition. His rhymes are so cocky and so well put together. It’s hard to find a rapper out today that could match him. This is a fantastic project and a must hear for any rap heads out there. This will definitely tide us over until G.O.A.T. comes out.
Another absolutely slamming project from the Griselda record artist Westside Gunn and cohort Conway. These dudes cannot be stopped. They are the hottest up-and-coming artists out today. This project is jam packed of tight beats and raw, realistic, gangster raps. If there is a new movement coming, these guys are it. The beats are slamming on this album. Every beat is just slamming with the drums and the interesting samples they seem to find. The rhymes fit so well. It is exactly what you wanted to hear-more of the gritty rawness. Westside Gunn is certainly the Flygod and every song is just dripping with swagger. Every project these dudes touch comes out damn near flawless. This is a must listen if you want to hear the realness and the future.
Conway offers up a heaping helping of clever street raps with this massive project. Some of the tracks are original beats while others are just freestyles or songs over existing beats but Conway seems to deliver either way. The gritty street rhymes are not of the highest caliber but they are definitely strong and consistent. He does shine on the track “The Mobb” which is a freestyle rap over Mobb Deep’s “Eye For An Eye” beat. If nothing else, this project is definitely consistent. Conway handles most of the rhymes on this project which is a massive endeavor. He does employ Westside Gunn to spit on a few tracks here and there which is definitely a good addition. These 2 are definitely a breath of fresh air in this whole “new flow” and “trap rap” era. One of the only real criticisms I have is the sheer size of this project. It takes awhile to sit down and listen to it front to back. There are definitely some good moments on it though so it is worth it but next time, let’s try to get a more concentrated effort.