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Shady Records Beefs Up its Roster With Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine Signings

Eminem has always had an ear for lyricists, and this weekend he’s welcomed a pair of gritty ones into the Shady Records fold, by way of independent upstate New York rap force Griselda Records. The Detroit legend recently announced the a partnership between Shady and Griselda, which includes the signings of underground stalwarts Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine.

Both rappers had an impressive 2016, especially Gunn, who released three critically-acclaimed projects last year, most notably his studio debut, FLYGOD, which featured Action Bronson, Mayhem Lauren, and Danny Brown among others. Conway—Gunn’s biological brother—was hardly quiet himself, dropping one of Griselda Records’ signature releases, Reject 2. Together, the brothers form the duo Hall ‘N’ Nash, an allusion to WCW legends Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Without sacrificing their hard-nosed, street ethos, they’ve been able to develop a reputation as two of the most reliable artists on the underground circuit.

That underground status may soon be changing thanks to Eminem, who claims that Gunn and Conway are the first rappers ever from Buffalo to secure major label distribution. “The style and energy of Griselda Records, Gunn and Conway are infectious,” Eminem said in a statement. He posed for a commemorative photo with the dynamic duo, visible above. “We can’t wait to put them on the platform they have earned and deserve.”

In addition, Gunn and Conway released a Just Blaze-produced track as Hall ‘N’ Nash, “MachineGun Black,” which you can listen to below.

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