FEATURING WESTSIDE GUNN, CONWAY THE MACHINE, BENNY THE BUTCHER AND PRODUCTION FROM DJ PREMIER, 808 MAFIA AND MORE
Buffalo MC and First Lady of Griselda, Armani Caesar has announced her debut project with the label, The Liz Tape featuring Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher for September 18th.
The project, which features production from DJ Premier, 808 Mafia, Camoflauge Monk and more (full track-listing below) has all the hallmarks of a classic Griselda release with the grimy boom-bap they’ve long been known for. It’s with Armani though that the Griselda universe is viewed through the lens of a female perspective for the first time.
Reminiscent of Lil Kim and Foxy Brown, Armani exhibits a resounding confidence leaving no doubt that she belongs in the most prolific hip hop crew in the game. Her appearance on Westside Gunn’s “Lil Cease” off Flygod Is an Awesome God 2 earned her a coveted spot on Complex’s Best Rap Verses of 2020 list with her growing buzz further stoked by the first track drop from the project in“Simply Done” featuring Benny The Butcher.
The DJ Premier produced track garnered recognition from Rolling Stone, Complex, Hot New Hip Hop, Hypebeast, Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, and more. Today you can watch the video for that track directed by DNTWATCHTV.
Simply Done ft. Benny The Butcher
Hailing from Buffalo, New York Armani joined Griselda in March of 2020 having long been on Westside Gunn’s radar.
Signed by the late DJ Shay in 2009 – the artist responsible for pioneering the Griselda Sound and developing Westside Gunn, Benny The Butcher and Conway The Machine – Armani had long been growing within the Griselda ecosystem.
On the project Armani notes “I’m dropping “The Liz” for the culture. For all the people that grew up loving hip hop for the art of it not just the beats. I’ve studied this and I’m so proud of this body of work. I want to dedicate this to Demetrius “DJ Shay” Robinson. The first person to ever take a chance on me musically. He believed in my talent long before anybody else knew my name. There would be no “Armani Caesar” if it hadn’t been for him. So I’m doin this one for Shay. I hope it makes him proud.” Westside Gunn adds “It’s funny how people talk abut Armani like I just found her and she don’t belong in her spot and shit was given to her not knowing she a product of DJ Shay. He signed her 11 years ago, she had to rap with the best of the best as the ONLY female. This wasn’t overnight, that woman really cut from our cloth.”
2020 has bar none been the biggest year of the label’s short yet extremely prolific existence. Having only formed in 2014, their output has gown into an encyclopedia worth of storylines and visual art. This year alone saw Westside Gunn drop perhaps his biggest album to date in Pray For Paris, an album that received acclaim across the board bringing the Griselda vision to a mainstream audience.
His Shady Records debut Who Made The Sunshine is out this fall. Conway The Machine released his highly touted, Alchemist produced LULU project followed by No One Mourns The Wicked, his Big Ghost LTD collab with a solo album on the way this Friday in From King To God.
Benny The Butcher dropped Da Respected Sopranos a Black Soprano Family project produced by DJ Drama and newest Griselda member, Detroit rapper, Boldy James dropped his Griselda debut earlier last month .