Jill Scott Goes Bar For Bar With Conway & Holds Her Own

One of the better Hip-Hop albums of 2022 is Conway The Machine’s God Don’t Make Mistakes. Years in the making (with plans to arrive in late 2021), Conway’s Shady Records solo debut is one of his most complete albums in an impressive and extensive catalog. Along with Griselda cohorts Westside Gunn and Benny The Butcher, the late February LP features Lil Wayne, Beanie Sigel, T.I., Rick Ross, and some of Con’s Drumwork artists. Alchemist, Daringer, Hit-Boy, Bink, and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League supply production.

However, perhaps the most impressive guest performance on God Don’t Make Mistakes comes from three-time Grammy Award-winning singer Jill Scott. “Jilly From Philly,” who has made massive contributions to Hip-Hop staples including The Roots Come Alive, Common’s Like Water For Chocolate, and Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, does it once more on Conway The Machine’s “Chanel Pearls.” The highlight now becomes a music video that captures the song’s essence.

Take A Long Walk Down Memory Lane With Jill Scott As She Revisits Her Debut Album

The song begins with Conway in thought. “Cuttin’ through in that Rolls / Draco on the seat, I hope I’m makin’ it home / Head on a swivel, I always stay on my toes / The ones you love most wanna know what your safe really hold / No morals in the streets now, ni**as breakin’ the code / Smoke a blunt of pressure, this fame is takin’ it’s toll / I’m thankful ain’t no shows, I need a break from the road,” he raps, presumably amid the pandemic. The opening verse continues, “Put ni**as in position, they still ungrateful, it shows / It’s f*ckin’ up my energy, sh*t is makin’ me cold / My life a series of drama just like them HBO shows / When I die, I’m goin’ out like the pharaoh, drape me in gold.” In the video, a character representing young Conway balances a child in his lap while living in the struggle. The imagery is juxtaposed with a lavish lifestyle now, in a much nicer environment.

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