Only Griselda was able to guide the return of “mixtape 50.”
As soon as it was released, I considered Griselda’s 50 cent collaboration “City on The Map” to celebrate the important milestone in gangster rap. A few days ago, Westside Gunn, Benny The Butcher and Conway’s trilogy hit Shade 45 studios, including screening several films from the “Get Rich” legend. At around 16:40, the host thanked WestSide, Conway and Benny for coming back as a busy man with “mixtape 50”.
Conway said “City On The Map” was originally for the upcoming solo album. “I went to Detroit and I was sitting in the studio with Eminem and Paul,” he said. “We were listening to it, just hype, you know? I was like I need 50 on that! Call 50! 50 got on that. We all thought it made sense for that to be on What Would Chinegun Do. It fit the rest of the album so perfect. That grimy, street, that feel. When we got the joint back and I heard it, I’m like yeaaah nah, 50 in his bag,” Conway continues. “Shout out to 50 for even doing that cause he ain’t have to do it. He got a whole bunch of other shit going on. I ain’t really hear him working with too many artists out there…That shit was big for us, just to have him getting on it and then bodying it.”
Westside Gunn released a reminder on the Griselda record that “if you don’t bring your A-Game, you gon’ look real bad” “We did songs with a lot of legends,” he said. “We bring the best out of everybody. If you not coming with it, if you on a song with Benny, you know how bad you going to sound? You don’t want them problems.” And frankly WestSide hasn’t lied yet. 50cent’s verse was clearly a callback to a simpler era, reminding him that he was once a murderous presence on a mic.