The Top Buffalo Rappers Leading A Movement
There is on other city other than Buffalo that has been trending up representing emerging hip hop artists in recent years. This upstate New York state city has been over looked as far as talent until now. When we think of hip hop in New York, we think of New York City, no any more. These top Buffalo rappers are out for respect and are representing their city hard. Some these artist have already gained national fame such as Westside Gunn, Benny The Butcher, and Conway. The others are emerging but not far behind. These are Musical Life Social’s top Buffalo Rappers.
1. Westside Gunn
Westside Gunn and his brother Conway the first rappers from Buffalo to sign with a major label Eminem’s Shady Records. He also co-founded his own record label, Griselda Records. He has helped but Buffalo on the map bringing back that gritty New York gangsta flavor. In 2016, he released his first commercial mixtape, FLYGOD, to critical acclaim, and has been the hardest working man in the business since. Westside Gunn has collaborated with Busta Rhymes, Anderson Paak, Jadakiss, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, The Alchemist, MF Doom, and more. The upstate rapper does not bite his tongue for anyone and tells his story for the streets perspective.
Conway A.K.A. Conway the Machine, is the older brother fellow rapper Westside Gunn. Unlike most rappers who rap about gangsta life but never actually lived it, Conway was a gangsta. What better person to speak about jail time, a near death experience, and street violence in a first person perspective, than Conway. Conway has made a name releasing frequent and well received mixtapes online The Devil’s Reject and Rejects He has collaborations for his Everybody Is F.O.O.D. series has included Busta Rhymes, Pete Rock, The Alchemist, Nottz, and Statik Selektah. Look What I’ve Became mixtape was released on September 19, 2019.
3. Benny the Butcher
Another Griselda Records artist and, with Westside Gunn and Conway, Benny The Butcher is a instinctive storyteller with vivid imagery. His projects, particularly 2016’s My First Brick and 2017’s Butcher On Steroids with Green Lantern, earned him praise from the likes of the Wu Tang Clan. He picked up steam with the 2018 release Tana Talk 3, produced by The Alchemist and Griselda producer Daringer.
4. Armani Caesar
Raised by a single mom on the east side of Buffalo Armani Caesar has proved she can hold her own. She has built a legion of online fans because of her no hold bars style. You can hear the Lil’ Kim influence with that gangsta bitch persona. Following the release of her first mix tape entitled “Bath and Body Work” Armani has been featured on numerous projects headed by DJs Cutmaster C. She has caught the ear of many listeners with her single Big Ole Bag.
5. Chuckie Campbell
Chuckie Campbell is a well educated rapper from Western Buffalo and holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has combined talented writing skills with live instrumentation. Chucki Campbell received early success with the single “The Streets,” Campbell released his first full-length album, More Die of Heartbreak with critical acclaim. He followed that success with Taking Back Tomorrow featuring Ras Kass, Talib Kweli, Quadir Lateef, Heidi Feek, Nicole Atkins, Iesha Green, Mad Dukez.
Mad Dukez mantra is “Do what you want. Say how you feel. Stay awake for your dreams.” His influences Kool Herc, Big Daddy Kane, Poor Righteous Teachers, and Super Cat, help inspire his style and creativity. Mad Dukez has perfected his writing and performance capabilities and is shows in his music. Mad Dukez and producer Fresh Kils has formed one of the best tandems in hip hop. “Getting Gatsby,” released by Buffalo’s Deep Thinka Records in 2013 is a underground classic.
6. Kenny Runaways
Kenny Runaways is not well known, but will be soon. He is next in line to push the Buffalo hip hop culture forward. Right now he has formidable hit with his catchy single “Infinity” featuring Chris Awkward. Kenny flexes his lyrical word play on this track with great production. I can’t wait to hear more of what he has to offer.
Zone Da Northstar
Zone da Northstar an acronym Zenith Of No ones Expectaions is one of the most intelligent and gifted rappers out right now. He is not afraid to express his feelings and vulnerabilities. He puts it all on the table for you to see. Also he clearly aware of the history of hip hop and respects his predecessors.