Griselda Records

Griselda Records is an American hip hop independent record label based in Buffalo, New York. It was founded by rapper Westside Gunn, his brother Conway the Machine, and Westside Gunn in 2012. In addition to the founding members, Benny the Butcher and in-house producer Daringer make up the flagship artists of the Griselda Records roster.

Griselda Records
Griselda-records-logo.jpg
Founded2012; 10 years ago (2012)
FounderWestside Gunn
Distributor(s)
GenreHip hop
Country of originUnited States
Official websitegriseldaxfr.com

The Griselda namesake also refers to a loose-knit hip hop collective composed of the core signees of the label. The collective's de facto leader is the label’s founder Westside Gunn. To date, Griselda has two releases as a collective: the extended play Don't Get Scared Now in 2016 and debut album WWCD in 2019. The record label draws its name from notorious drug lord Griselda Blanco.

Beginning in the label's formative years, physical copies of the label’s music were distributed in limited releases by London label Daupe! that often sold out within minutes.[1] In 2017, Griselda signed a distribution deal with Shady Records for artists Westside Gunn and Conway.[2] In 2019, Westside Gunn and Benny the Butcher signed a management deal with Roc Nation.[3]

ArtistsEdit

Current actsEdit

Former actsEdit

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Artist Album Release Date
Westside Gunn Flygod
(released with Empire)
March 11, 2016
Mach-Hommy HBO (Haitian Body Odor) September 15, 2016
Westside Gunn Supreme Blientele
(released with Empire)
June 22, 2018
Elcamino Walking On Water
(released with Anti Gun Violence and GGBR)
September 14, 2018
Benny The Butcher Tana Talk 3
(released with Black Soprano Family and Empire)
November 23, 2018
Elcamino Don't Eat the Fruit
(released with GGBR)
March 15, 2019
Griselda WWCD
(released with Shady and Interscope)[9]
November 29, 2019
Westside Gunn Pray for Paris
(released with Empire)
April 17, 2020
Flygod Is an Awesome God II
(released with Empire)[10]
July 3, 2020
Conway The Machine From King to a God
(released with Drumwork and Empire)[11]
September 11, 2020
Armani Caesar The Liz
(released with Empire)
September 18, 2020
Westside Gunn Who Made the Sunshine
(released with Shady and Interscope)
October 2, 2020
Benny The Butcher Burden of Proof
(released with Empire)
October 16, 2020
Conway the Machine La Maquina
(released with Drumwork and Empire)
April 16, 2021
Mach-Hommy Pray For Haiti
(released with Empire)
May 21, 2021
Conway the Machine God Don´t Make Mistakes
(released with Shady and Drumwork)[12]
February 25, 2022
Benny The Butcher Tana Talk 4
(released with Empire)
March 11, 2022

MixtapesEdit

Artist Album Release Date
Westside Gunn Hitler Wears Hermes October 23, 2012[13]
Hitler Wears Hermes II September 22, 2014
Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine Hall & Nash March 9, 2015
Conway The Machine The Devil's Reject April 27, 2015
Westside Gunn Hitler Wears Hermes III August 3, 2015
Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine Griselda Ghost
(released with Big Ghost Ltd)
September 11, 2015
Conway The Machine Reject 2 October 30, 2015
Benny The Butcher My First Brick
(released with Black Soprano Family)
October 8, 2016
Westside Gunn Hitler Wears Hermes IV October 31, 2016
Westside Gunn and DJ Green Lantern Hitler On Steroids March 8, 2017
Conway The Machine and DJ Green Lantern Reject On Steroids May 24, 2017
More Steroids October 19, 2017
Westside Gunn Hitler Wears Hermes V October 31, 2017
Benny The Butcher and DJ Green Lantern Butcher On Steroids
(released with Black Soprano Family)
November 27, 2017
Conway The Machine G.O.A.T. December 21, 2017
Benny The Butcher and 38 Spesh Stabbed & Shot
(released with Black Soprano Family)
February 16, 2018
Conway The Machine Blakk Tape March 27, 2018
Everybody Is F.O.O.D. August 20, 2018
Westside Gunn Hitler Wears Hermes VI
(released with Empire)
October 31, 2018
Conway The Machine EIF 2: Eat What U Kill December 10, 2018
Everybody Is F.O.O.D. 3 April 4, 2019
Westside Gunn Flygod is an Awesome God
(released with Empire)
July 5, 2019
Hitler Wears Hermes VII
(released with Empire)
November 1, 2019
Boldy James The Versace Tape
(released with Empire)[14]
August 14, 2020
Westside Gunn Hitler Wears Hermes VIII: Sincerely, Adolf
(released with Empire)
August 27, 2021
Hitler Wears Hermes VIII: Side B
(released with Empire)
September 24, 2021

Extended playsEdit

Artist Album Release Date
Westside Gunn and The Purist Roses are Red.. So is Blood January 28, 2016
Griselda Don't Get Scared Now May 13, 2016[15]
Westside Gunn There's God and There's Flygod, Praise Both July 19, 2016
Conway The Machine and Prodigy Hell Still On Earth September 12, 2016
Benny The Butcher 17 Bullets
(released with Black Soprano Family)
December 26, 2016
Elcamino Elcamino
(released with GGBR)
November 11, 2017
Westside Gunn and MF Doom Westside Doom November 13, 2017
Benny The Butcher A Friend of Ours
(released with Black Soprano Family)
June 1, 2018
The Plugs I Met
(released with Black Soprano Family)
June 21, 2019
Conway The Machine Look What I Became
(released with Empire)
September 13, 2019
Conway The Machine and The Alchemist Lulu
(released with Drumwork, ALC and Empire)[16][17]
March 30, 2020
Benny The Butcher and Harry Fraud The Plugs I Met 2 (released with Black Soprano Family) March 19, 2021

Soundtrack albumsEdit

Artist Album Release Date
Griselda & BSF Conflicted (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(released with Black Soprano Family and Empire)
January 8, 2021

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organization Award Result
2020 BET Awards[18] Best Group Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""There Hasn't Been a Movement Like This...Since the '90s:" Benny The Butcher Talks Griselda Records, the Making of 'Tana Talk 3' & More [Interview]". Okayplayer. 2019-02-20. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  2. ^ "Shady X Griselda Ink Deal For Westside Gunn and Conway". Shady Records. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  3. ^ "Benny the Butcher and Westside Gunn Sign Roc Nation Management Deal". Complex. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  4. ^ a b c d e "A Guide to Griselda". Complex. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  5. ^ Grant, Shawn (2020-03-16). "Armani Ceasar is the First Female Rapper Signed to Griselda Records". The Source. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  6. ^ Adams, Biba. "Detroit rapper Boldy James inks deal with Griselda Records". Detroit Metro Times.
  7. ^ Grant, Shawn (2020-05-19). "GRISELDA FANS NEED TO CALM THE HELL DOWN: WESTSIDE GUNN IS VERY SMART". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  8. ^ "Why Westside Gunn Wants His Collaborators to Outshine Him on Every Song". Complex Networks.
  9. ^ "Griselda Records Drops Shady Records Debut 'WWCD'". HipHopDX. 2019-11-28. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  10. ^ Strauss, Matthew (July 1, 2020). "Westside Gunn Details New Album Flygod Is an Awesome God II". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  11. ^ "Conway the Machine: From King to a GOD". Pitchfork.
  12. ^ "Conway The Machine Announces "God Don't Make Mistakes" Release Date". Hotnewhiphop.
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ Feature.fm. "The Versace Tape by Boldy James". smartlink. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  15. ^ Ivey, Justin. "Griselda Records Drops 'Don't Get Scared Now' With Conway, Westside Gunn and More - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  16. ^ "PATTA X CONWAY & THE ALCHEMIST - LULU – Patta". www.patta.nl. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  17. ^ Feature.fm. "LULU by Conway The Machine and The Alchemist". smartlink. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  18. ^ Lisa Respers France. "BET Awards 2020: See who won a BET Award". CNN. Retrieved 2020-07-29.