Rap Song of the Week: Conway the Machine Previews His Forthcoming Album with Some “Piano Love”

Cordae, Beanz, and BandGang Lonnie Bands also dropped tracks you need to hear

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Conway the Machine, photo courtesy of the artist

    Every week, our new music feature Rap Song of the Week breaks down the essential rap and hip-hop tracks you need to hear. Check out the full playlist here. Today, Conway the Machine’s debut album on Shady Records is preceded by “Piano Love.”

    Dating back to a November 2017 interview with Consequence, Conway the Machine has been teasing his debut album on Shady Records, and “Piano Love” is a promising sign that it’s finally on the way.

    Featuring ominous production by frequent collaborator The Alchemist, the track itself arrives today (October 8th) after the Buffalo MC teased it on Instagram Live earlier this year.


    With Spooky Season in full effect, the sinister keys are an appropriate soundtrack for the Griselda standout to do what he does best: Deliver raw street rhymes with thinly veiled threats and clever metaphors while repping his hometown. “Ain’t no respect in my hood unless you put in some pain/ Keep sleepin’ on my city and thinkin’ this shit a game,” Conway raps. “Told you it’s spooky, my n****/ It’s Camp Crystal Lake here, Eastside.”

    There’s no release date for God Don’t Make Mistakes as of yet. However, it should be well worth the wait. Griselda founder Westside Gunn — who inked the deal that brought the real-life brothers to Shady — landed his Billboard 200 debut with Who Made the Sunshine last year, his first and only album on Eminem’s label.

    Shady Records always needed Conway the Machine and Westside Gunn more than the rappers needed them, but it’s time for Conway’s final ascension From King to a GOD.


    Honorable Mentions:

    Cordae – “Super”

    Known to most people as the boyfriend of tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, Cordae kicks off promotion to his sophomore album From a Bird’s Eye View with the reminder that he’s a star in his own right. While Cordae mostly sticks to tongue-twisting rhymes about being young and rich, “Super” also finds him addressing the breakup of his YBN crew. The two-time Grammy nominee also promises to keep speaking up about topics like Black Lives Matter, something he and Osaka share in common.

    Artz & Bugy feat. Freddie Gibbs – “War Time”

    Turkish producers Artz & Bugy have their sights set on global expansion, and there’s no better way to grab the attention of hip-hop heads than recruiting Freddie Gibbs. On “War Time,” the duo laces the Gary, Indiana rapper with a drill beat that he eviscerates with rhymes about balancing baby mothers with cooking coke. At the same time, Gibbs acknowledges the toll that’s come with his lifestyle: “Demons inside of me stressing me/ Think I need therapy.” Don’t we all.

    Beanz – “Pink Drink”

    Former Rhythm & Flow contestant Beanz has a swagger to her smooth delivery that hearkens back to early 2000s hip-hop. Although the rising rapper says she’s “sweeter than a pink drink from Starbucks” on the hook, Beanz’s battle-ready rhymes prove the opposite to be true when it comes to the art of MCing. Her new album Tables Turn is out on November 5th.


    BandGang Lonnie Bands feat. Young Nudy – “Glocks & Choppas”

    After surviving three gunshots wounds last year, BandGang Lonnie Bands is back with a new album Hard 2 Kill that shows he’s stronger than ever. Going toe-to-toe with Atlanta maestro Young Nudy is no easy task, but with effortless stick talk and references to Scooby Doo, Jerry Rice, and King Tut, the Detroit rapper passes with flying colors.

    Pouya feat. Denzel Curry – “Wig Split”

    Florida natives Pouya and Denzel Curry team up on “Wig Split,” a moshpit ready banger that also serves as a warning to the enemies of the frequent collaborators. While Pouya threatens to leave haters six feet underground, Denzel totes guns “taller than Vince Carter.” Short and not-so-sweet, the track previews Pouya’s upcoming album, Blood Was Never Thick As Water, out October 22nd.

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