With Griselda rhymer Benny The Butcher having what seems like an endless run of Ws, his BSF Records imprint appears to be getting more attention by the day. Rick Hyde is one of the top benefactors. His new project Plates II, a sequel to his independent mixtape Plates, positions Hyde as one to watch in the Griselda-wave 2.0.
Sporting production from the likes of Daringer, Sha Money XL, Harry Fraud and the late DJ Shay (who the album commemorates by its release date falling on the anniversary of his death), as well as verses from Benny, Heem, Skyzoo and Westside Gunn, Hyde flexes his connections and curates a solid body of work.
The project’s shiniest gems include some of the singles that have already hit the net. “Hustler’s Prayer” features Hyde and Heem interlocked in a battle to see who can drop the most street flexes, complemented by The SoulMonsters’ grainy production. Another noteworthy cut is the DJ L-produced “Alone” featuring Benny and G Herbo — which, aside from the DJ Shay-produced outro “Black Sinatra,” is possibly the project’s most replayable track.
One thing that comes across crystal clear is Hyde’s lyricism. He holds his own alongside a formidable tracklist of guests and shows a lot of diversity with his delivery. Look no further than the “Sarah Freestyle,” where the subdued DJ Chopz and Skrilla loop provides an atmospheric backdrop to a relentless, two-minute onslaught.
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