“If It Bleeds, It Can Be Killed” by Conway The Machine and Big Ghost LTD isn’t for the weak.
5. WAY WE MOVE
Conway The Machine and Shots sound like well-experienced criminals on “Way We Move.”
“Way We Move” is one cold-ass banger. The song features an instrumental that straddles the line between soulful and eerie and rugged rap styles by Conway and Shots. As for lyrically, the two rappers talk about pistol-whipping their enemies, converting shooters into religious individuals, and splurging for the hell of it in the song.
Conway sounds like a straight-up torturer on this song.
4. J BATTERS
Even though “J Batters” is powered by a dramatic-ass instrumental that you might hear on an old school award show, you get nothing but heinous bars by Conway on the song.
Conway comes across like a dude that genuinely enjoys being doubted, slaying foes, and selling drugs in “J Batters.” I say that because throughout the song he sounds so f**king laidback and unbothered. Hey, I guess machines are supposed to be numb (Especially gritty ones).
3. KILL ALL RATS
Not a single person smiled during the making of “Kill All Rats.”
I’m going to be completely honest with you, I’m not too fond of Ransom or Rome Streetz. With that being said, I think that they absolutely killed their verses on “Kill All Rats!” The two rappers hit us with unbreakable flows and punchlines that will make you do some of the stankiest faces that you’ve ever made. As for Conway The Machine, he keeps up with Ransom and Streetz by simply sounding like a deranged boss on the song.
Conway The Machine threatens folks that are feeling froggy on “Toast.”
You get Conway The Machine’s best rap performance on “Toast.” To be more specific, Conway hits us with his most impressive flows, his sliest deliveries, his best wordplay, and his most intelligent punchlines on the song. As for lyrically, I absolutely love how the Buffalo rapper practically forces anyone that listens to the song to put an ungodly amount of respect on his name.
1. SONS OF KINGS
“Sons Of Kings” feels like a divine gangsta track. Even though the song features an instrumental that boasts churchy vibes, it also boasts lyrics that should intimidate fugazi individuals.
Don’t you just love it when rappers that think that they are God MCs spit bars over Godly beats? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, listen to “Sons Of Kings.”
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. COMMENCEMENT (N/A)
2. J BATTERS (4/5)
3. WAY WE MOVE (4/5)
4. KILL ALL RATS (4/5)
5. TOAST (4/5)
6. LOSSES TO BLESSINGS (4/5)
7. HIGHLY PRAISED (3/5)
8. SONS OF KINGS (4/5)
9. RED BEAMS (4/5)
10. FOREVER AGO (4/5)
There isn’t a bad song on this If It Bleeds, It Can Be Killed album. Every one of them features, at the minimum, gripping beats and authentic gangsta lyrics. It’s clear that no matter how famous Conway gets, his connection to the streets will always push him to make music that sounds as gritty, as dark, and as competitive as it gets.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.