The Buffalo, New York rapper’s comments came during an interview with Akademiks’Off the Record podcast, where he was asked for his thoughts about the bitter feud between his lyrical contemporaries.
“It’s a fucked up situation for me, personally,” said Conway, who rose to prominence as part of Griselda Records alongside his cousin Benny and brother Westside Gunn, and has worked with Gangsta Gibbs on songs like “Babies & Fools” and “Seen Everything But Jesus.”
The Drumwork Music Group boss continued by declaring his love for both rappers and saying that he could’ve nipped their conflict in the bud had he been more involved as a peacemaker.
“That n-gga Gibbs my n-gga, man. I wish that shit never happened,” he said. “I would love to squash that. I wish I could have. If I was there, I don’t know if that would’ve happened. I’m talking about none of it, not just the shit that they talking about. I’m talking about the shit that [came] before.
“I just wish that shit never happened, man. Gibbs, I just know how he do, man. He’s a funny dude on that internet shit and on Twitter and stuff. He was wrong, I’ve spoke with people. But I don’t wanna say too much, man. Gibbs my n-gga regardless. I don’t give a fuck.”
He added: “And Benny my cousin, I’m riding with Benny regardless of whatever happens. But if it was up to me, none of that shit would’ve never happened. None of it.”
The pair’s feud ignited last year when Benny The Butcher said in an interview with Spotify that his collaborative relationship with Freddie Gibbs “came and went,” despite them having formed a potent partnership in the studio.
Benny’s comments sparked a heated back-and-forth on social media, during which Gibbs mocked the Griselda rapper for getting shot in Houston and Benny accused the Indiana native of “begging” to do a joint album with him.
The bad blood reached a boiling point that May when Benny’s entourage allegedly jumped Gibbs at a restaurant in Buffalo, New York.
The Black Soprano Family boss later claimed to have stolen his rival’s trademark “G” chain during the scuffle while also branding him “MC Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.”
“Benny gay ass need to stop flexing because he was there and didn’t throw a punch,” Gibbs fired back on Instagram. “Hoe ass n-ggas did all that brought a camera man and all for promo. Still can’t pack a room. Go ahead start rapping about me so I can start about these sealed plea agreements and shit.”
While things have since cooled down, Freddie Gibbs told XXL earlier this year that he “couldn’t care less” about “solv[ing] a beef with a rapper,” seemingly referring to Benny The Butcher.
“I’m so far removed from that bullshit in the streets,” he said. “I’m about to be an esteemed actor and a mogul. I couldn’t care less about any of that stupid shit. To me, those guys are like comedy. I make jokes of these guys like that. And that’s why guys like that want to fight because they a joke to me. I don’t even take guys like that serious.”
Benny, for his part, expressed confusion over their falling out during an appearance on Drink Champs last May.
“I guess that n-gga put a tweet up or some weird shit and I don’t know why he did that shit,” he admitted. When N.O.R.E. replied by saying he thought they were friends, Benny concurred: “That’s what I thought.”