The Plugs I Met by Benny The Butcher Album Review by Craig MacDonald a.k.a Debating Hip-Hop
As Griselda continues to make a name for themselves in 2019, Benny The Butcher is making a name for himself. On June 21st, 2019 Benny released The Plugs I Met, a 7 song EP featuring Pusha T, Black Thought, Jadakiss, Conway, 38 Spesh, Rj Payne, and India. The Buffalo rapper embodies the underground sound throughout the project with precise elite lyricism over boom-bap instrumentals. Producers Daringer, The Alchemist & DJ Shay took the lead for the project creating perfect beats for Benny. The project played through is very smooth and focused as he doesn’t stray off into different areas. The lyricism presented throughout the project is nothing but top tier excellence. There are only 7 songs on the EP, so with little room to slip up, Benny didn’t miss. Standout feature performances from Pusha T on “18 Wheeler” and Black Thought on “Crowns For Kings” highlight the EP. Also tracks like “Dirty Harry”, “Took the Money to the Plug’s House”, and “5 to 50” make great additions to the project. Benny did not stop there in 2019 as he released a collab album with rapper Smoke Dza titled Statue of Limitations in Oct. of 2019.
Benny The Butcher is signed to Griselda Records, Black Soprano Family and most recently Roc Nation. Griselda was founded by label mate Westside Gunn in 2014 which includes his brother Conway aswell. The trio has been making music since the late 2000s but have recently found larger commercial success with help from many co-signs around the hip-hop world. Eminem signed Griselda to Shady Records in 2017 which gave the group a larger audience to build on. In 2018, Benny released his debut studio album Tana Talk 3 the third extension of the series which was critically acclaimed by many. All three members of Griselda have a massive catalogue of features, mixtapes, EPs, and albums as they are known for their work ethic. In 2019 alone, Griselda was responsible for 11 projects between the three of them including their group collab album WWCD which dropped in late Nov.
The Plugs I Met currently sits underneath Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Bandana for my second best project of the year.
(Album and song ratings are compared to other releases in the year)
Song by Song Ratings:
- Crowns For Kings: 10/10
- Sunday School: 9.5/10
- Dirty Harry: 10/10
- Took The Money To The Plug’s House: 10/10
- 18 Wheeler: 10/10
- 5 to 50: 9.5/10
- Album Rating: 9.8/10
Craig MacDonald a.k.a Debating Hip-Hop
December 29th, 2019