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Benny The Butcher – Burden Of Proof (Album Review)

Benny The Butcher raps circles around his competition on “Burden Of Proof.”


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5. OVER THE LIMIT

Benny The Butcher sounds like rap’s version of Rocky Balboa on “Over The Limit.”

“Over the Limit” is intense. The song features a beat that will make you want to beat up a boxing bag, a hook by Dom Kennedy that only cool kids can relate to, and verses by Benny The Butcher that will make you want to crown him as the street’s most fearless individual.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Benny had his trainer put vaseline on his head during the making of “Over The Limit.”

 

 

4. THANK GOD I MADE IT

“Thank God I Made It” is a hustler’s anthem.

Not only do I love the emotional/hard-hitting beat that powers “Thank God I Made It,” but I also love how Benny The Butcher opens up about being raised by his mother, how he opens up about his fallen brothers, and how he opens up about his growth in the song. I also love how featured guest Queen Naija blesses us with a hook that will pierce your soul on the songl.

 

 

3. ONE WAY FLIGHT

If you love hip-hop music, “One Way Flight” will resonate with you.

Benny The Butcher and Freddie Gibbs abuse the beat that powers “One Way Flight.” Throughout the song, the two rappers ignore the beat’s cries for help; instead, they spit ferocious bars about treating groupies like underpaid quarterbacks.

You can tell that Gibbs and Butcher wanted to out-cruel/out-gangsta each other on this song.

 

 

2. BURDEN OF PROOF

Benny The Butcher sounds like a lion that has just been let out of his cage on “Burden Of Proof.”

Benny The Butcher makes rapping, drug-dealing, and doing jail bids sound easy as hell on “Burden Of Proof.” He also makes it sound easy to spit bars over beats that are supposed to intimidate you.

 

 

1. TIMELESS

Benny The Butcher, Lil Wayne, and Big Sean spit serious bars on “Timeless.”

“Timeless” is powered by an action-packed rap beat. Over it, Benny The Butcher blesses us with both a hook and a verse that will galvanize hood bosses, Lil Wayne blesses us with a verse that will galvanize violent savages, and Big Sean blesses us with a verse that will galvanize focused individuals. Surprisingly/Not so surprisingly, each rapper on the song sounds like they wrote their raps with a mean mug on their face.


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. BURDEN OF PROOF (5/5)

2. WHERE WOULD I GO (5/5)

3. SLY GREEN (4/5)

4. ONE WAY FLIGHT (5/5)

5. FAMOUS (4/5)

6. TIMELESS (5/5)

7. NEW STREETS (4/5)

8. OVER THE LIMIT (4/5)

9. TRADE IT ALL (5/5)

10. THANK GOD I MADE IT (5/5)

11. WAR PAINT (4/5)

12. FAMOUS (4/5)


OVERALL RATING

(A)

 

Can you believe that Burden Of Proof is only Benny The Butcher’s second studio album? To me, he sounds way too polished, way too confident, and way too accomplished to only have two studio albums under his belt…

On Burden Of Proof, Benny The Butcher’s punchlines, his wordplay, his deliveries, and the flows that he raps with are all way too impeccable to ignore. As for lyrically, I absolutely love how he vividly/unapologetically/remorselessly describes his standing in the game, his street ways, and his love for putting his competition in the dirt. All in all, I give the rapping on Burden Of Proof an A.

At this point, Hit-Boy can produce my album and that s**t would end up being a classic. Seriously, these last couple of months, he has blessed the hip-hop world with some pretty special beats. With that being said, on Burden Of Proof, Hit-Boy shines his ass off! Not only does he gift Benny The Butcher with soulful beats, but he also blesses him with beats that gas him up. All in all, I give the beats on Burden Of Proof an A.

Hit-Boy and Benny The Butcher were able to bring the best out of every single person that featured on Burden Of Proof. To be more specific, I think Lil Wayne’s verse on “Timeless” is one of his best in years, I think Big Sean’s verse on Timeless” is one of his best in years, and I think that Freddie Gibb’s verse on “One Way Flight” is very damn good. I give the guest appearances on Burden Of Proof an A.

When the dust settles, you will think that Burden Of Proof is a classic rap album.

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