Conway the Machine

Demond Price (born February 16, 1982), known professionally as Conway the Machine (or simply Conway),[2] is an American rapper. Alongside his paternal half-brother Westside Gunn and cousin Benny the Butcher, Conway was a member of Griselda Records. On February 21, 2022, Conway announced his departure from Griselda Records.[3]

Conway the Machine
Conway in 2022
Conway in 2022
Background information
Birth nameDemond Price[1]
Also known as
  • Conway
La Maquina
Born (1982-02-16) February 16, 1982 (age 40)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2012–present
Labels

HistoryEdit

2012–2019: Early mixtapes and G.O.A.T.Edit

At age 23, Conway spent some time in jail, which he has cited as a motivation for weaning from a gangster lifestyle to focus on his career in music.[2]

In 2012, Conway was shot in the neck and shoulder;[4] his face was partially paralyzed, giving him a signature slur.[5]

In 2014, Westside Gunn founded Griselda Records, through which Conway and Westside Gunn would self-release their own projects and the works of artists such as Benny the Butcher and Mach-Hommy.[6] In 2015, Conway released his first two official mixtape projects through Griselda Records, The Devil's Reject and Reject 2.[7][8] Conway and Westside Gunn also released two collaborative EPs through London-based record label Daupe!,[9] the first of which was 2015's Hall & Nash, followed by 2016's Griselda Ghost. In April 2016, during Mobb Deep and Smif-N-Wessun's "Hell On Earth" tour, Conway was introduced to Prodigy of Mobb Deep, who would become one of his earliest notable collaborators and supporters.[2]

On March 3, 2017, Griselda Records signed a deal with Eminem's Shady Records.[10][11] On October 10, 2017, Conway contributed an a cappella rap verse to the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards Shady cypher.[12] The same year, Complex included Westside Gunn and Conway in their list of "15 Best Unofficial Rap Duos in the Game",[13] as well as two of the "17 Artists to Watch in 2017".[14]

Following Griselda's deal with Shady Records, Conway's first official release was G.O.A.T. on December 21, 2017, which included production from Griselda's in-house producer Daringer and The Alchemist, and featured Royce Da 5'9", Raekwon, Prodigy, Styles P and Lloyd Banks.[15] Earlier in 2017, he released a collaborative mixtape with DJ Green Lantern titled More Steroids.[16]

2019–present: Studio albumsEdit

On May 16, 2019, Conway, Benny The Butcher and Westside Gunn released their first single with DJ Premier titled "Headlines".[17]

Conway released "Bang", at the time expected to be the first single from his album God Don't Make Mistakes, alongside Eminem on July 19, 2019.[18][19] God Don't Make Mistakes had been intended to be Conway's debut studio album, and Westside Gunn had stated it was "90 percent complete" in 2018;[20] however, Conway's first studio album would instead be the project From King to a God, which he released on September 11, 2020.[21] During this period, Conway continued releasing mixtapes and collaborative albums as well.

God Don't Make Mistakes was ultimately released on February 25, 2022, as Conway's second studio album.[22]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Collaboration albumsEdit

  • Organized Grime (released in collaboration with Trillmatic Goods) (2019)
  • Lulu (with The Alchemist) (2020)
  • No One Mourns the Wicked (with Big Ghost) (2020)
  • If It Bleeds It Can Be Killed (with Big Ghost) (2021)
  • Organized Grime 2 (released in collaboration with Trillmatic Goods) (2022)
  • What Has Been Blessed Cannot Be Cursed (with Big Ghost) (2022)

MixtapesEdit

  • Physikal Therapy (2014)
  • The Devil's Reject (2015)
  • Reject 2 (2015)
  • G.O.A.T. (2017)
  • Blakk Tape (2018)
  • Everybody Is F.O.O.D (2018)
  • EIF 2: Eat What U Kill (2018)
  • Everybody Is F.O.O.D 3 (2019)
  • Look What I Became (2019)
  • La Maquina (2021)
  • Greetings Earthlings (2022)

Collaboration mixtapesEdit

With GriseldaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Watch now: Rapper Conway the Machine gives back to Buffalo". The Buffalo News. May 14, 2020. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Artist of the Month Conway on Repping Buffalo, Second Chances, and Being the Grimiest of All Time". Consequence of Sound. November 16, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Moorwood, Victoria (February 21, 2022). "Conway the Machine announces split from Griselda and Shady Records". Revolt. Retrieved February 25, 2022.
  4. ^ "4 wounded in 3 separate shootings". The Buffalo News. March 18, 2012. Archived from the original on June 9, 2021.
  5. ^ "Conway: G.O.A.T." Pitchfork. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "A Guide to Griselda". Complex. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  7. ^ "Conway the Machine - The Devil's Reject". Album of The Year. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  8. ^ "Reject 2, by Conway". Daupe. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  9. ^ "Daupe!". Discogs. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  10. ^ "Shady X Griselda Ink Deal For Westside Gunn and Conway". Shady Records. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Griselda Set Out to be Your Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rappers. It's Paying off".
  12. ^ Mojica, Nick. "Conway, Boogie and More Spit in Shady 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher – XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  13. ^ "The 15 Best Unofficial Rap Duos in the Game Right Now". Complex. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "17 Artists to Watch in 2017". Complex. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  15. ^ "Conway the Machine: G.O.A.T." Pitchfork. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  16. ^ Melis, Matt (October 30, 2017). "Album Review: Conway - More Steroids". Consequence. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  17. ^ Chesman, Donna-Claire. "DJ Premier & Griselda Interview: Making "Headlines"". DJBooth. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  18. ^ "Conway The Machine – "Bang" (Feat. Eminem)". Stereogum. July 19, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  19. ^ "Listen to Eminem's Guest Verse on Conway the Machine's "Bang"". Spin. July 19, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  20. ^ Wallace, Riley (June 26, 2018). "Westside Gunn Takes One Last Independent Swing on 'Supreme Blientele' Before Heading to the Big Leagues". Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  21. ^ "Critic Reviews for From King to a God - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved October 10, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ "God Don't Make Mistakes by Conway the Machine". Metacritic. Retrieved October 10, 2022.