Given the influential hand that Buffalo rap trio Griselda has played in the resurgence of lyrical, hard-nosed rap music during the past couple of years, this story may be a bit surprising.
Debuting at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 album chart with about 19,000 units sold, Benny The Butcher's new album 'Burden Of Proof,' executive produced by Hit-Boy, gives Griselda its highest-charting release ever.
Benny's partners Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine have flooded the streets with music this year, as is true to Griselda. Gunn's 'Pray For Paris' earned Griselda its previous peak on the charts at No. 29, while Conway's major-label debut 'From King To A GOD' went to No. 126.
While 'Burden Of Proof' was Benny's first solo release of 2020, that doesn't mean he wasn't working just as hard, serving supreme guest verses to Boldy James, Freddie Gibbs, Dave East, and others.
Upon realizing what he had achieved for his crew, Benny, an independent artist, teased possibly joining a label in the near future. "#27 on the Billboard charts," he tweeted. "not bad for a 35 yr old independent rapper...imagine what imma do when....STAY TUNED."
In fact, he's about as independent as they come these days, as he "set up press runs paid for my own videos and set up every show on all 3 of my solo tours" for his past three projects, including 'The Plugs I Met' and 'Tana Talk 3.' He's labeled himself a "genius," and rightfully so.
Benny does have some support, thanks to a management deal with JAY-Z's Roc Nation. Hov even lent his expertise to Hit-Boy to perfect the arrangement of "One Way Trip" featuring Gibbs.
Like Hit wrote, that's some "veteran level s**t" for sure.