Album Review: God Don't Make Mistakes by Conway the Machine
Excellent, Based on 4 Critics
Exclaim - 80 Based on rating 8/10
The first guest voice you hear on God Don't Make Mistakes, Conway the Machine's long-awaited major label debut, speaks volumes about where the rapper is coming from -- and the lane he's striving to plow through. A raspy Beanie Sigel barks through the gloomy drugs-and-guns opener "Lock Load." The Broad Street Bully famously gave JAY-Z's Roc-A-Fella empire even more street cred. Since his wild heyday, Beanie's voice has changed.
Westside Gunn (mere days after the release of Supreme Blientele), made two special notes about Conway The Machine’s upcoming Shady Records debut God Don’t Make Mistakes in a summer 2018 interview with Canadian publication Exclaim! Magazine: it was 90 percent complete and full of surprises. After many false promises and projects in the interim, a high note being From King to a God (which served as his first proper studio album via his Drumwork imprint), fans are finally getting what could arguably be called his most fleshed-out release. Twelve songs in length, God Don’t Make Mistakes has similar DNA to most highly revered Griselda affairs: a family collaboration with Westside and Benny (“John Woo Flick”), Keisha Plum appearance (“Babas”), Daringer beats and one or two outstanding features from legends.
Conway The Machine's rise drove Griselda - the label he helped forge - to undreamt of heights. The Buffalo stable now stands as one of the pivotal forces in American rap, with a plethora of projects across the pandemic tying together underground styles and mainstream acclaim. Earlier this week, though, Conway The Machine officially left the label. Rumours of his exit has permeated the previous 12 months, with the acclaim lavished on 2020's outstanding full length 'From King To A God' illustrating the rapper's astonishing natural gifts.
With his debut album on Shady Records, Conway the Machine shows that he remains a gifted lyricist and a good storyteller, yet hardly offers anything original. Among ex-members of the Griselda roster, Conway is by far the strongest of the bunch (an easy pick as Benny and Westside Gunn never wrote good music). Everything matched for success: his gruff vocals, tough personality, menacing beats, lucid images of the mean streets.