In the echelon of hip-hop’s gritty storytelling and dope-dealing chronicles, Benny The Butcher emerges as a craftsman of collaboration, painting vivid street narratives with an articulate finesse. Whether he’s slicing through verses with the precision of a scalpel or dropping heavy bars that hit with the weight of a sledgehammer, Benny doesn’t just rap; he testifies with a chilling authenticity that’s rare even in the grimiest corners of the genre.
His alliances with titans of the mic like Lil Wayne, entregador of seamless flows, and Freddie Gibbs, the embodiment of raw Midwestern rap, only amplify his command. His synergy with the potent wisdom of Black Thought, the reflective lyricism of J. Cole, and the booming presence of Stove God Cooks evidences the depth of his versatility and fellowship. As for the soulful undertones brought by India and the masterful beats by Harry Fraud and Hit-Boy, they’re the sonic landscapes that transform Benny’s narratives into hip-hop masterpieces.
Over the years, Benny has collaborated with this immense list of artists:
Conway the Machine
Royce Da 5’9″
DJ Green Lantern
Stove God Cooks
Black Soprano Family
So let’s get into the songs list. From “When Tony Met Sosa” to “Big Dog”, here are eight of the Best Benny The Butcher collaborations ranked.
8. When Tony Met Sosa
Features: Harry Fraud
He juxtaposes the hustle’s hardships against the backdrop of triumphant success, echoing the ethos of the hustlers and the moguls that inspired him. The Butcher’s narrative weaves through triumph and tribulation, offering a lens into the life of someone who’s turned their street experiences into a lyrical education for the listener, affirming his stature as a rap game Tony meeting his Sosa.
His visceral storytelling captures the essence of street valor and vindication – it’s a track where past tribulations bolster his current status, with the Butcher crowning himself not as an emerging icon but as one whose legacy is already etched into the annals of hip-hop’s rugged history.
6. 5 to 50 (feat. India)
With India’s haunting backdrop, Benny lays bare the harsh realities of street enterprise, reflecting on the personal cost of his journey. His bars are a testament to survival and ambition, contrasting his past dealings and close encounters with the law against his current prosperity and success.
5. One Way Flight (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
Features: Freddie Gibbs
The synergy between Benny’s relentless grind and Gibbs’ slick talk punctuates the luxurious yet still perilous lifestyle that comes from their hustling prowess. It’s a vivid narrative of elevation and the street-savvy it takes to remain on top.
4. Crowns for Kings (Feat. Black Thought)
Features: Black Thought
With a veteran’s poise, Benny flexes his streetwise credentials while reflecting on the fleeting nature of wealth and the grind to greatness. Meanwhile, Black Thought injects his signature cerebral flow, contemplating legacy and the price paid for a seat at hip-hop’s high table. Their bars paint a gritty tableau of resilience, survival, and the regal bearing of those who’ve weathered rap’s most daunting trials.
3. One Foot In (with Stove God Cooks)
Features: Stove God Cooks
With Stove God Cooks on the assist, the bars speak to the balance between the block and the booth, painting vivid pictures of the transition from hand-to-hand exchanges to penning verses in Grammy attire. It’s a track that shows just how thin the line can get when you’re chasing paper with one hand on the mic and the other in the game.
2. Johnny P’s Caddy
Features: J. Cole
It’s a testament to authenticity and hard-earned respect in the game, where Benny isn’t just celebrating his triumphs but acknowledging the grim realities that shaped him. J. Cole jumps in, delivering introspective bars with his signature profound introspection, elevating the track to a pointed dialogue on skill, survival, and legacy in hip-hop culture.
1. Big Dog (with Lil Wayne)
Features: Lil Wayne
Benny’s navigation through his come-up from the streets of Buffalo to the plush life of rap royalty parallels Lil Wayne’s no-nonsense delivery, both commanding respect and asserting their top-tier status in the game. It’s a raw, no-holds-barred exchange between two masters of the craft, cementing their positions as big dogs in the rap hierarchy.