'WWCD' : Griselda - Album Review

W.W.C.D (What Would 'Chine Gun Do) is the major label debut for Griselda. For those who think I'm speaking gibberish, Griselda is the underground supergroup formed by Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, and Westside Gunn. The three lyricist connoisseurs hail from Buffalo and have made major waves over the last few years releasing dozens of notable projects. Will Griselda's first official group effort help to solidify them as what's next for the Coke Rap subgenre?

Full Disclosure: I may call this one of the best albums of the year and you might not be able to stomach even one verse.

Thanks for your click and I appreciate you showing interest in reading my stuff. However, if you don't appreciate at least some of the following rappers...

  • Raekwon (or any member of the Wu)

  • Pusha T (or Clipse... oh you don't know Clipse.... oh....)

  • Freddie Gibbs

  • Jay-Z

  • Roc Marciano

  • Black Thought

I can tell you that you probably won't like this project.

In March of 2017, the Griselda group signed to Shady Records, owned by Eminem. Since signing, the boys from Buffalo have continued to drop solo projects and collaborative tracks at an outstanding rate.

Since receiving the torch from Raekwon The Chef on their On Steroids Tour, they have hit the ground running, preparing audiences for their Shady debut.

They recently took steps to ensure their future success by signing a management deal with Jay-Z and Roc Nation.

It's inevitable that Griselda will triumph, but it's refreshing to see that they are looking to avoid the missteps of the dream team Shady Records couldn't quite boost to the finish line... I'm looking at you Slaughterhouse.

Introductions

Benny The Butcher

Name: Jeremie Pennick

Age: 35

Notable Projects: Tana Talk 3, The Plugs I Met

Conway The Machine

Name: Demond Price

Age: 37

Notable Projects: Look What I Became, Everybody is Food 2: Eat What U Kill

Westside Gunn

Name: Alvin Lamar Worthy

Age: 37

Notable Projects: Flygod is an AWESOME God, Supreme Blientele

Since being introduced to Griselda by fellow Burbs writer, Carter Ferryman, I've been hooked. They might just be the the coldest MCs walking at this very moment in hip-hop. Their music is grim and grimey, there aren't better words I could use to describe.

Individually, they are clearly talented. However, it's when they collaborate on a track, which they do FREQUENTLY, that each member puts their style and personality on display.

  • Benny brings his appalling pen game, as his ability to craft rhymes in graphic detail will never fail to send chills down your spine.

  • Westside Gunn contributes his beloved, yet deceivingly high-pitched voice; his love for fine art, high fashion, and professional wrestling. Most of all he brings his classic "DOO DOO DOO DOO" gunshot ad-lib.

  • Conway lends his unmatched delivery. His verbalization tends to be somewhat foggy because of the Bell's Pallsy leaving half his face paralyzed, but his message is as clear and his flow is as pure as the crack he rhymes about.

WWCD is 46 minutes long, with 13 tracks. Three quarters of an hour of bars on bars on bars, and aside from the Eminem and 50 Cent features, these verses are all brought to you by Griselda. Production is handled exclusively by their in-house guys, Daringer and Beat Butcha. Following a spoken word Raekwon intro; Benny, Westside, and Conway all weave bars beautifully over the up-tempo boom-bap beat on "Chef Dreds."

"I pull that gun up, you slippin', you better run it Shells, those feel like oatmeal, they sit in your stomach I came home and let back niggas biddin' them numbers I'm thinkin' 'bout which block that I'm killin' this summer" - Benny The Butcher // Chef Dreds