Label: Griselda Records/Drumwork/EMPIRE
Released: April 16

Conway the Machine has said that La Maquina is a project in which he attempted to showcase his versatility over a range of production. We know his crew’s sound is so distinct that their grimey keys engender “Griselda beats be like” familiarity, but Conway vied to affirm that he’s a rapper’s rapper who can find the pocket over any kind of beat. Hence tracks like “KD” or “6:30 Tipoff,” where he talks his shit over the kind of triumphant horns one could hear Jeezy or T.I. spitting over. On “Scatter Brain,” he shows off over an eerie vocal sample, matching J.I.D’s tongue-twisting presence as well as Ludacris’ turn-back-the-clock moment. But he also gives the purists what they seek with “Bruiser Brody,” “200 Pies” with 2 Chainz, and “S.E. Gang” with Westside Gunn and Benny the Butcher. La Maquina is a classic rap gauntlet that affirms a premise that the best rappers are prideful of: Give me any kind of beat and watch me kill it. —Andre Gee