16 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s no stronger case for the sustained relevance of grimy New York boom-bap than the members of Griselda Records, the tight-knit Buffalo-based label formed by brothers Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine. On the seventh installment of his long-running (and rather, uh, provocatively titled) Hitler Wears Hermes series, Gunn raps like he just stepped out of a time machine sent from 1994, yet manages to still sound fresh. And for lyrics centered around shooters and ski masks, the beats are surprisingly gorgeous, thanks largely to legends like The Alchemist and Statik Selektah. “Kelly’s Korner” also boasts the best Fat Joe verse in recent memory—it’s all about getting one’s hand stuck in a meat grinder by a mafioso.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s no stronger case for the sustained relevance of grimy New York boom-bap than the members of Griselda Records, the tight-knit Buffalo-based label formed by brothers Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine. On the seventh installment of his long-running (and rather, uh, provocatively titled) Hitler Wears Hermes series, Gunn raps like he just stepped out of a time machine sent from 1994, yet manages to still sound fresh. And for lyrics centered around shooters and ski masks, the beats are surprisingly gorgeous, thanks largely to legends like The Alchemist and Statik Selektah. “Kelly’s Korner” also boasts the best Fat Joe verse in recent memory—it’s all about getting one’s hand stuck in a meat grinder by a mafioso.

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