Burden of Proof

Benny The Butcher - Burden of Proof
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #238 / 809
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Based on 549 ratings
2020 Ratings: #86
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Consequence of Sound
His boasts are as strong as ever, and his flows are cold like the air in the Buffalo streets. You can hear the breath control that he honed on those streets when he raps.
Beats Per Minute

Burden of Proof delivers on its promise of being a sharp contrast to the rest of Griselda’s 2020 deliveries.

Expertly thought through, the production matches rugged club elements to something a little deeper and more thoughtful, and it’s this balance that seems to serve the label so well right now.

Burden of Proof finds Benny the Butcher fully formed after years of development and growth.


Burden of Proof is undoubtedly the next step in Benny’s evolution, even if the music doesn’t always match the vision.

The Needle Drop

Burden of Proof is a solid album despite Benny more or less staying in his stylistic comfort zone.

Benny The Butcher is the only member out of the three Griselda frontmen that I see having some longevity and possible classics under his belt in the future, as he's the only one that is pushing the gangsta rap subgenre forward in the collective and one of the only few in general within modern hip hop.

Along with his own "Tana Talk 3", this new record was a highlight for the 1990s gangsta rap/hardcore hip hop revival movement that Griselda have started in the last few years and Benny ... read more
The production on this album is top notch, I love the samples used on most of the tracks. Where would I go in particular has a nice sample. The track sly green has a very diverse beat. It's a bossy, hardcore hip hop beat with a futuristic twist, it comes off very nicely as one of the best beats on the album. The beat which takes the cake though is found on the track timeless. There are quite a few different layers to it but it is all so cohesive and overall just slaps.

Benny the butcher's ... read more
Griselda has been over-saturating the market lately. If the projects start to dip in quality, it could become an issue where people aren’t excited for a new Griselda release. But, if they’re as good as this or the new Conway album, they don’t have anything to worry about. Quality > quantity

I was excited for this record because I have loved Benny’s features lately and Hit-boy has been killing it on production this year. And they both continue their hot streak on ... read more
Unpopular Opinion Alert:
I like some of Benny's other work alongside other Griselda members but this is just a hard miss for me, every song sounds the same, Hit-Boy production feels lacking compared to the Big Sean and Nas albums he worked on earlier this year, skits are more annoying to me than endearing, and lyrically Benny feels more unoriginal than ever and overall this album just takes the old-head worship to a point where it's somewhat obnoxious.
Griselda have slowly become one of the most important parts of today's hip hop scene, and that is most evident this year. Westside Gunn has released two solid albums this year alone, Conway the Machine has done the exact same, and Benny the Butcher here follows suit with yet another release from the hip hop collective. The three members have found a unique balance between quality and quantity, with consistent releases in both fields.

Burden of Proof, the 2020 release from Benny the Butcher, is ... read more
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Track List

  1. Burden Of Proof
  2. Where Would I Go (feat. Rick Ross)
  3. Sly Green
  4. One Way Flight (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
  5. Famous
  6. Timeless (feat. Lil Wayne & Big Sean)
  7. New Streets
  8. Over The Limit (feat. Dom Kennedy)
  9. Trade It All
  10. Thank God I Made It (feat. Queen Naija)
  11. War Paint (feat. Westside Gunn & Conway The Machine)
  12. Legend
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Added on: October 9, 2020