Spitters who can freestyle off the top of the dome has always been a move that gets a true MC the respect they deserve. REVOLT’s “Off Top” is here to bring real bars back to the game with Big Tigger, Rapsody and DJ Nyla Symone, as they chop it up with today’s biggest and rising rap stars. Peep the convos here.
On the first episode of REVOLT’s new series “Off Top,” Rapsody, DJ Nyla Symone and Big Tigger chop it up with Griselda’s own Conway The Machine. Tigger starts off the interview by asking Conway if he has any advice for upcoming artists, especially those trying to make it out of the latter’s hometown. The Buffalo native believes it’s best to have faith in your pen game and artistry. “A lot of times, I see a lot of artists get caught up trying to do what’s hot or what they think is going to play in the club or on the radio,” Conway said. “Hip hop is based off of originality. People like originality. I just always want to be the guy that stands out – not fit in.”
Rapsody follows up by asking about Conway’s transition from being independent to signing with Shady Records. For the “Scatter Brain” rapper, it’s all part of the journey. “I just appreciate that chapter, you know, fucking with Shady and Paul and all them for giving me the opportunity; coming from Buffalo, especially making the kind of music we’re making and shit.” When describing his musical style, he paid respects to rap legends in the likes of Prodigy, Havoc, Gangstar and Wu-Tang Clan. To the point of originality, Conway says his creative process isn’t focused on creating hooks and titles. Instead, he goes off of his vibe in the studio. Rapsody later poses the possibility of Conway snagging a JAY-Z feature. The Griselda rapper teased, “You know I got friends in high places.”
Tigger then asked Conway about where he stands with Jim Jones following their social media banter about having a rap battle. The “Fear of God” MC says it’s all love and friendly competition between them. “Capo, that’s family. We hit each other up, we talk all the time, you know what I’m saying? That’s the homie. I definitely respect his pen ... It’s definitely mutual respect, like, we got wild love for each other,” he explained. Conway also made this clear: “Capo ain’t got no wins, man.”
When asked by DJ Nyla Simone who he would consider to be on the Mount Rushmore of rap, Conway named JAY-Z, Eminem, Nas, and Biggie as his top four. His alternative four artists who he considers “unfuckwithable” include Andre 3000, DMX, Scarface, and Black Thought. On the topic of rap legends, Conway shared his experience getting a verse from Method Man for their 2020 track, “Lemon.” He explained that the feeling was unbelievable, “When I got that verse back, it was like, ‘Get the fuck outta here.’” He also considers Meth’s collab a “verse of the year” candidate.
Looking back on his life, Conway appreciates all of his blessings daily. “When I got shot, man, that shit really changed my life and made me just like, ‘I got to appreciate everything,’ he said. “Just being alive is my bucket list right now.” Overcoming PTSD from trauma isn’t easy, but the emcee explains how he found refuge in sports and being involved in his community. “When I had to accept the fact that my face was going to be paralyzed and shit, and fucked up forever, I used to be mad at the world,” he continued. “Showing love is how I overcame that. Showing more love — you know, trying to put niggas on from the town and just giving back to the city.”
Before dropping a hot freestyle over JAY-Z’s “Ignorant Shit,” Conway shared his opinion on who he believes is the best rapper out of Griselda. “I feel like Westside Gunn, to me, is very slighted and underrated,” he answered. “I feel like his style is one-of-one.” Among the rap groups, Conway believes Griselda is “the best ever.” “We came in 2015 to 2021 and did all this? Ain’t nobody did this in that short of a span,” Conway said.