A grimey surprise for hip hop heads with a new Conway the Machine x Big Ghost LTD collaboration dropped on our heads out of nowhere! ‘What Has Been Blessed Cannot Be Cursed‘ makes it ‘3 for 3’ from the Griselda / Drumworks emcee and the street-soundtrack producer extraordinaire on the back of their previous collabos ‘If It Bleeds It Can Be Killed‘ and ‘No One Mourns The Wicked‘.
The vibe stays true to their previous releases as Conway focuses on his flow and delivery, while Big Ghost LTD is so adept at making concrete cracking, grimey, hood scores they’re effortlessly eerie and captivating. The chemistry between the two is obviously evident and D-Styles is a monster on the cuts, slicing samples and scratches superbly to really give that authentic 90’s vibe throughout.
Feature wise, Jae Skeese shares the mic on three tracks (‘In My Soul‘, ‘Sunday Sermon‘ and ‘Big Drum‘) and he just keeps levelling up every time he jumps in the booth, while Method Man makes another memorable moment on ‘Scared II Death‘. ‘Big Drum’ is something of a posse cut with rhymeslayers Goose, Shots, SK and 7xvethegenius joining Skeese and Machine for a total demolition of the key-laced joint from Big Ghost.
Is this anything out of the ordinary? No, this is Conway doing what he does best, grabbing the mic and just spitting some killer verses, impassioned street stories and working cohesively alongside some of that darker, edgier boom bap that has become iconic since the Griselda movement and since Big Ghost LTD starting putting his trademark sounds on the game. However, this is still a fantastic album, well worth the listen and after a couple of spins, already has some replay value – and that Meth track is just FIERCE!