Buffalo Artist Collection in the National Spotlight (Again) | Music

Every time I die a 2019 show at RiverWorks.

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While it may seem like it’s all over but the social media screams and potential legal battle that ensues over ETID inheritance rights, it’s worth noting that before the uproar, 2021 also saw the Release “Radical,” the band’s ninth album, their first release in five years, and also their strongest and most incisive blend of aggression and nuance in a remarkable career.

“Radical” was enthusiastically received by the metal and hardcore press around the world, earning an Album of the Year nomination from legendary UK heavy music weekly Kerrang. If it does indeed turn out to be the swansong of ETID, well, one of the most powerful bands to ever emerge from Buffalo certainly came out on a high.

Benny the Butcher Griselda (copy)

Benny the Butcher performing at a Griselda Records show at the Town Ballroom.

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Benny the butcher on the rise

Griselda Records’ rise continued unabated in 2021, including the announcement in mid-November that founding member (alongside Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine) Benny the Butcher had signed a deal with the label. iconic hip hop Def Jam.

Appearing on an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Def Jam executive Snoop Dogg announced the signing, telling the host, “I just signed Benny the Butcher, and he’s one of the hottest rappers around. Buffalo, NY’s toughest…The Butcher’s to come.”

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