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Benny The Butcher

The rap albums that stick with me the most — the ones that really impress me — aren’t always the ones that push the genre forward. Just as often, they’re the albums that take the sounds of the moment and execute those sounds about as well as they can be executed. Those albums deal with all the same limitations that all big centrist rap albums deal with — the pandering singles, the of-the-moment guests, the all-over-the-map stylistic shifts — and they still find ways to resonate. I’m talking about Life After Death. Capital Punishment. Vol. 3: The Life & Times Of S. Carter. Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. Tha Carter 2. Teflon Don. Pluto. My Krazy Life. SremmLife. Culture. Invasion Of Privacy. Drip Harder. Polo G’s Hall Of Fame is one of those.

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Michael Thomas

You ever had to sleep on a leaky air mattress? It’s the worst. You lie down on the thing, and you hear the hissing sound right away. So you scramble all around looking for the leak — they’re never easy to see — and then you find the hole and try putting duct tape all over it. It never works. The air starts digging little tunnels in that tape, like a groundhog, while you sleep. You wake up in the middle of the night on bare floor. Bike-patching kits work a little better than duct tape, but even there, you’re just waking up on the floor a couple of hours later than you otherwise might. You’re just not getting good sleep until your whole air-mattress situation changes. Lil Durk knows.

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Griselda rapper Benny The Butcher recently teamed up with producer Harry Fraud to release The Plugs I Met 2, a sequel to his 2019 EP The Plugs I Met. And today, Benny and Harry have officially put “Sink,” a bonus track from the project that was previously only available as a flexi-disc accompanying the physical release, up on streaming services. Listen to it below.

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The Newark rapper Mach-Hommy switches between languages a lot — not just verbally, but musically, too. Consider the case of “Au Revoir,” a song that appears near the end of Mach’s new album Pray For Haiti. The production comes from DJ Green Lantern, a mixtape legend, but “Au Revoir” doesn’t sound like mixtape music. Instead, it’s hazy and drumless. A psychedelic guitar twinkles expansively. A synth drones away. A wordless half-chanted backing vocal returns again and again. A wispy flute occasionally bubbles up. The Brooklyn singer and flutist Melanie Charles sings with great longing in Haitian Creole, and Mach, half-singing himself, repeats the same phrase again and again, like a koan: “Au revoir, pussy n***as, goodbye.” It’s gooey and hypnotic, and it doesn’t sound much like rap music.

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DMX, the Yonkers rap legend who died last month following an overdose and a heart attack, has a posthumous album called Exodus arriving at the end of the week. It supposedly features guest appearances from a whole lot of big names: Bono, Usher, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, and the late Pop Smoke. And today, we’re getting to hear the single “Hood Blues,” which features Griselda’s Westside Gunn, Benny The Butcher, and Conway The Machine; Avenue Beatz and Swizz Beatz produced the track around a sample of Lee Mason & His Orchestra’s “Shady Blues.” Listen to “Hood Blues” below.

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Lana Del Rey arrives at Number Two with Chemtrails Over the Country Club For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Buffalo MC talks about his new album and building longevity For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

About two years ago, the Buffalo rap hardass Benny The Butcher, one third of the core Griselda Records trio, released his EP The Plugs I Met. On that record, Benny rapped alongside veterans like Pusha T, Black Thought, and Jadakiss, and he still stood out. That EP established Benny as a true heavyweight, and it remains my single favorite piece of music that’s come out of the Griselda crew. Since that EP, Benny’s star has risen, and he’s been busy. Just in the past six months, Benny has released the Hit-Boy-produced album Burden Of Proof, starred in the Griselda film Conflicted, and survived a shooting. And now he’s finally dropped the Plugs I Met sequel.

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Back the 2019, Benny The Butcher released an EP called The Plugs I Met, one of the best EPs of that year. The Buffalo rapper has done a lot since then during Griselda’s dominant 2020, including releasing a whole new album called Burden Of Proof. And he’s releasing a sequel to The Plugs I Met, fittingly called The Plugs I Met 2, next week.

For more, go to: Stereogum.com (Source)

For more, go to: Stereogum.com (Source)