Conway The Machine has praised his younger self after turning back the clock and unearthing a throwback video of him freestyling before the fame.
The Buffalo, New York, native took to Instagram on Wednesday (March 29) with a clip of himself spitting some bars in the 716. The video shows Conway before the shooting that left him with Bell’s Palsy, which has caused weakness in the muscles on the left side of his face.
The young Conway rips an instrumental of Shyne’s “Bad Boyz” — the original of which features Barrington Levy — with rhymes about moving through the streets.
“Look, you n-ggas ass backwards, but I got something for you backwards ass/ I blast ratchet, ratchet blast/ Knocking my new shit loud enough to crack the glass/ Set alarms off when I pass traffic, traffic pass/ I had a tragic past, yeah, I was a bastard that left, but that’s another story,” he raps in the clip.
He continues: “Dog, I let them chapters pass, I had my pen and pad, just my pad and pen/ I could spit it straight at you, or I could spit it backwards then.”
In his caption, Con was blown away by the freestyle saying: “Woooow Young machine was unfuckwitable.”
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Several of Conway’s peers took to the comment section to voice their approval of the former Griselda rapper’s pre-fame bars. Jermaine Dupri, DJ Premier, 38 Spesh and Griselda’s Armani Caesar all left a series of flame emojis.
The hunger that Conway shows in the clip is something he’s never lost, as fans have seen with his prolific output alongside his former Griselda cohorts. Starting with his 2014 debut mixtape, Physikal Therapy, Conway has released a project every year since.
For 2023, Conway announced he’s dropping a new album and docuseries highlighting his new label and collective, Drumwork Music Group. In his announcement, the rapper officially announced the arrival of Drumwork and the documentary is set to showcase each member on the roster.
“We here!!! They doubted us, now we gon make them respect this Drumwork shit!” Conway wrote in the caption. “Time to etch this shit stone! DW the album & docu-series on the way.”
Benny The Butcher showed support for his former Griselda brethren in the comments, showering Conway with fire emojis. A release date has not yet been revealed.