Album Review | Benny the Butcher – Tana Talk 3

This album was released on November 23rd this year. I haven’t really covered much of Griselda Records’ music on this website. The only project I’ve listened to is that Riots on Fashion Avenue EP that Westside Gunn dropped last year. I really enjoyed that project, and I’ve heard great things about Benny. I’ve heard people say that he’s the best rapper signed to Griselda Records, so I’m really looking forward to this project. I think it’s gonna be dope. Every song is produced by Daringer, except where noted.

1. Intro: Babs featuring Keisha Plum

The beat on this track is pretty dope. There’s just one verse from Benny on this song. It’s pretty good though. Keisha Plum just provides a spoken outro. There’s not too much going on in this track. I don’t really have much to say. The way Benny was rhyming was fun to listen to, but none of the lyrics really stand out that much to me. It was definitely a good verse though. It’s a pretty short song. It’s under three minutes long. I think it’s a solid track. It’s not gonna blow anyone away, but I definitely enjoyed it. It’s dope.

2. Goodnight

This song’s got some pretty good production. I’m not blown away by the beat, but I definitely like it. The way Benny’s rhyming on this first verse is really dope. I definitely think he’s more technically skilled than Westside Gunn. I’m not as familiar with Conway the Machine, so I can’t really say whether or not I think he’s better. The rhyme schemes Benny uses are really entertaining to listen to. The first verse was great. It was cool of him to sample Busta Rhymes’ scatting from the Woo Hah!! remix for the hook. This track is definitely a step up from the previous one. The second verse was really nice. I don’t really have any problems with this track. It’s dope.

3. Scarface vs. Sosa, Pt. 2

The beat on this track is pretty solid. It’s not amazing or anything, but it works. This is definitely the most underwhelming song on the album so far to be honest. It’s not bad though. I still like the song. I just don’ think it’s as good as the previous couple of tracks. It’s got a really simplistic structure. It’s just one verse. That’s it. There’s no hook or bridge or anything like that. It’s a pretty good verse. It’s not gonna blow anyone away though. This is a solid song. I enjoyed it to some extent, but it’s definitely not my favorite track. It’s dope though. I fuck with this.

4. Rubber Bands & Weight produced by The Alchemist

The beat on on this track is nice. I feel like Benny the Butcher and Styles P would make a good pair. I think they have similar flows. Benny’s first verse on this track was nice. The hook isn’t bad. This shit is gangsta as hell. I really like how dark the production is. It’s a bit repetitive though. The second verse on this track was cool. This is another dope song. I feel pretty much the same way about this track as I did about the previous one. It’s not one of my favorite songs on the album, but I definitely enjoyed it to some extent. This is dope.

5. Fast Eddie

The beat on this track is really dope. I really like the way this song is structured. It’s just two verses over a great beat. I like the way he’s kinda talking shit during the break between the two verses. Both of the verses are pretty good. I don’t really have much to say about this track. It’s pretty straightforward. There are just two verses over a nice beat. This is another good song. I don’t really have any problems with it. I enjoyed this track. It’s dope.

6. Broken Bottles produced by The Alchemist

The beat on this track is fucking incredible honestly. This is definitely one of the best beats The Alchemist has produced this year. It’s hard as fuck. I just listened to this entire track. This is definitely my favorite song on the project so far. I love the production, and Benny’s rapping the entire time. His rapping is super hard. I honestly don’t really have much to say about this track. I have no complaints. It’s just a really good verse over a fantastic beat. The music video is nothing special, but this song is fucking awesome. This shit is dope af.

7. Echo Long featuring Westside Gunn & Meyhem Lauren

This is another one of the best songs on the project so far. The beat is pretty good, and the first verse from Benny is fucking great. He’s pretty much been rapping about the same thing throughout this whole project so far, but I don’t really mind that. The hook from Westside Gunn is pretty good. His singing is awful honestly, but I don’t really mind it. Meyhem Lauren’s verse was really good. He sounds great over this beat. A verse from Westside Gunn would’ve been nice, but I’m not gonna pretend to be super disappointed that he didn’t have one. This is a dope song. I fuck with this track.

8. ’97 Hov co-produced by The Alchemist

This song is split into two parts. The beat switches up about halfway through the song. There are two verses on this track, and they’re both pretty dope. The second beat is definitely better than the first one, but they’re both good. He doesn’t really do anything different on this track compared to the other songs on this project. There’s a Pimp C sample. It’s the same one that Bun B used for that song Don’t Play with Me. That’s a pretty good song by the way. Check it out if you haven’t heard it. Anyway, this is another good song. It’s just two dope verses over two dope beats. I have no problems with this track. It’s dope.

9. Joe Pesci 38

This track has another one of the best beats on the project. It’s really good. The song is just one verse. It’s really good, but I don’t really have much to say about it since the structure is so straightforward. Benny went in on studio gangsters. I think this is one of the better songs on the album so far. The production’s really good, and Benny killed it. I have no complaints with this track. It’s really dope.

10. Who Are You? featuring Royce da 5’9″ & Melanie Rutherford

The first verse from Royce on this track is pretty goddamn nice. There’s barely any percussion on this track. There’s just what sounds like a light hi-hat in the background. That’s it. The beat isn’t amazing or anything, but it’s definitely not bad. I don’t mind the sung hook from Melanie Rutherford at all. Benny honestly had a better verse than Royce. He killed this shit.

The richer these rappers get, it’s like the bars get trasher

His verse was awesome. It was cool to hear a slightly more introspective side of Benny on this track. This shit is really dope.

11. Fifty One featuring Westside Gunn produced by The Alchemist

I like the dark production on this track a lot. The first verse from Benny is great. That line where he said his flow is dirtier than Flint water was dope. Westside Gunn did his thing on the second verse. It wasn’t nearly as good as Benny’s verse though. I just think Benny’s a much better rapper than Westside Gunn to be completely honest. They both did a good job with this song though. I’m not blown away by this track, but I definitely enjoyed it. The structure is pretty straightforward. There are just two verses, one after another. I don’t have any problems with this track. This shit is dope to me.

12. Rick

The beat on this track is pretty good, and Benny killed that first verse. The hook is cool. The second verse was pretty great. I really don’t have anything to say about this song. I feel the same way about this track as I do almost every other song on the album. It’s good. The production, verses, and hook are all dope. I have no issues with this track at all. It’s a good song.

13. Langfield

The beat on this track is really good. This is one of the few tracks where Benny isn’t just rapping about typical gangsta shit. This is the most lyrically emotional song on the whole album. He’s rapping about his deceased brother.

I never been the same since my brother died
On the prison phone through the static heard my mother cry
And I gotta call her back ‘cause people on the other line
Niggas came from busting nines, and we don’t know from which side

I feel like the verse ends a little too soon. The song’s pretty short. It’s just under three minutes long. I enjoyed this track, but this definitely isn’t one of my favorite songs on the album. It’s good though. I fuck with this one. It’s dope.

14. All 70 featuring Conway the Machine

I’m not in love with the electric guitar led production on this track, but it’s not a bad beat. The first verse from Benny was pretty nice. The hook is really dope. There are some ad-libs from Westside Gunn, which are a nice touch. Conway the Machine’s verse was really dope. The song just ended. I enjoyed this track. I feel pretty much the same way about this track as I did the previous one. It’s a dope song, but it’s definitely not one of my favorites on the album. It’s good though. I fuck with this track.


This is a very good album. There’s not a single song on this project that I didn’t think was good. I wouldn’t say I’m that familiar with Griselda Records, but from what I’ve heard I’d have to agree with the sentiment that Benny is the best rapper they have. I don’t really think there are any consistent flaws on this project. I think some more varied content would’ve helped to keep things interesting though. The way he raps is pretty much the same for nearly every song. I think this is a really satisfactory project though. This shit is dope.

Favorite Song: Broken Bottles
Least Favorite Song: All 70

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70-79
Grade: B

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