Buffalo-bred rapper Conway The Machine just released his new 28-minute EP (extended play), ‘ Look What I Became’ on Shady Records. The nine-track disc is an appetizer for fans anxiously awaiting his upcoming October release, ‘God Don’t Make Mistakes.’
It was executive produced by Westside Gunn, who is also one of the platter’s guests. The guest list here also includes such other artists as Amber Simone, Benny The Butcher, DJ Muggs, Dave East, Elcamino, and Jim Jones. One noteworthy number is “Half of It” which features a quicker-paced trap beat that is different from his usual spooky slow beats found on some of his earlier work. It is innovative.
Conway’s signature sound is grimy street rap akin to the cocaine-coated cuts. Indeed, his trademark lisp is actually the result of a bullet wound that paralyzed 50 percent of his face, which he covers on “Bell’s Palsy.” The injury and the resulting paralysis are central themes in his material. Another theme is the growth once he overcame his struggles.
Overall, his lyrics aren’t always especially clever, but authentic and raw. His guttural voice and tight delivery make everything he spits sound good. Thus Conway The Machine’s ‘Look What I Became’ is a strong sampling of what scored the 37-year-old rapper a record deal.
Despite any criticism, Conway’s “advanced age” gives this newcomer plenty of material and the years of life experience backs up everything. Conway The Machine is definitely puttin’ Buffalo rap on da map!