Featuring 10 tracks and a bonus cut, The Liz Tape will feature appearances from Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine and Benny The Butcher, along with production work from DJ Premier, 808 Mafia, Camoflauge Monk and more. The project will boast of Griselda’s distinct grimy boom-bap sound and offers a view of the Griselda universe from a woman’s perspective for the first time ever.
Caesar officially joined the label in March 2020 but was signed by the late DJ Shay in 2009, putting her on Westside Gunn’s radar for quite a while. “I’m dropping “The Liz” for the culture. For all the people that grew up loving hip hop for the art of it not just the beats. I’ve studied this and I’m so proud of this body of work,” the First Lady of Griselda said in a statement. “I want to dedicate this to Demetrius “DJ Shay” Robinson. The first person to ever take a chance on me musically. He believed in my talent long before anybody else knew my name. There would be no “Armani Caesar” if it hadn’t been for him. So I’m doin this one for Shay. I hope it makes him proud.”
Westside Gunn added, “It’s funny how people talk abut Armani like I just found her and she don’t belong in her spot and shit was given to her not knowing she a product of DJ Shay. He signed her 11 years ago, she had to rap with the best of the best as the ONLY female. This wasn’t overnight, that woman really cut from our cloth.”
Watch Armani Caesar and Benny The Butcher’s “Simply Done” visual above. The Liz Tape drops September 18.
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