Benny the Butcher is part of Buffalo’s Griselda crew and behind Black Soprano Family, the two primary outlets for his tense narratives about street life. Like frequent collaborators Westside Gunn and Conway, he’s inspired most by hardcore mid ‘90s hip-hop from his home state, including the Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep. A late bloomer by his genre’s standard, he hit his stride in his thirties with releases such as Tana Talk 3 (2018) and The Plugs I Met (2019)
Tana Talk 3, a joint Griselda/Black Soprano Family recording produced by Alchemist and Griselda associate Daringer, brought Benny a new level of acclaim that stimulated continued growth throughout 2019. That year, Benny appeared with Westside and Conway on DJ Premier’s “Headlines,” released the Billboard-charting The Plugs I Met -- featuring Black Thought, Jadakiss, and Pusha T -- and signed a management deal with Roc Nation. Benny teamed up with producer Hit Boy for 2020’s Burden of Proof, which featured guest spots from Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Freddie Gibbs, and more.
Following the critical and commercial success of Burden of Proof, mere months after releasing an undisputed AOTY contender for 2020 with Burden Of Proof and only three months after being shot, Benny was back with another instant -classic (way ahead of schedule) “The Plugs I Met 2”. Produced entirely by Harry Fraud, on Plugs 2 Benny expanded his “rap horizons” , tapping 2 Chainz, Fat Joe, French Montana, Jim Jones and the ghost of Chinx to appear on the project. Only a few months after the release of Plugs 2, the rumors about who Benny is working with next are circulating. While only he can answer that question, what we do know for sure is that whatever he releases next will not disappoint …The Butcher’s Coming!!!