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Bun B thinks Benny the Butcher's new album is the "one to beat this year"

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Bun B, Benny the Butcher. (Shutterstock/Jamie Lamor Thompson/Franklin Sheard Jr.)

Bun B has given his early nomination for album of the year.

“This the one to beat this year. So rap accordingly,” Bun wrote on Instagram on Sunday alongside a screenshot of Benny the Butcher's new album "EVERYBODY CAN'T GO."

"Way to go," the former UGK rapper added. "Hard work paid off!"

"EVERYBODY CAN'T GO," Benny the Butcher's fourth studio album and his first since signing to Def Jam Recordings in 2021, was released on Friday.

Featuring guest appearances from Jadakiss, Snoop Dogg, and Lil Wayne, as well as production from Hit-Boy, the 12-track project has been met with glowing reviews.

In an interview with Stereogum published last week, Benny described "EVERYBODY CAN'T GO" as his attempt at bringing story telling back to rap music.

"Stories got lost in rap," he said. "That is why whenever you hear a rapper do a concept storytelling record, it sticks out so much."

"When we used to listen to rappers, it was a road map," the New York native added. "These stories were roadmaps on how you should move and what you should stay away from. Yes, there was glorification of violence, but it was much more like a list of do’s and don’ts."

"Nowadays in rap, it’s just do’s," he said. "The people are hungry for more storytelling, so I am bringing it back."

Elsewhere in his interview with Stereogum, Benny spoke about the future of Griselda, an independent label and hip-hop collective founded by Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, and Mach-Hommy in 2012.

Benny released his first three albums through the label and featured heavily on the collective's debut studio album "WWCD," which was released in 2019.

Benny told Stereogum that he feels the collective need to release more albums together in order to cement their legacy.

"We need two or three more projects with Benny, Westside Gunn, and Conway The Machine as the core members," he said. "If we do that over the next two years, I believe we then stand tall with the greats. We’ll become one of the greatest groups ever, easily."


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