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Thursday 02 February 2023



After years of waiting, the time has finally come: For the first time in history, the co-founder of GRISELDA RECORDS comes to Switzerland for a concert!

The rap icon & mogul shaped the Hip Hop landscape of the last 5 years like no other.

The brother of Westside Gunn and cousin of Benny the Butcher is coming to Zurich on Thursday, 02.02.23, to Sektor 11 (next to the Hallenstadion).

The cultural value of this concert is hard to put into numbers: For years Griselda's fans have been waiting for one of their heroes to finally come to Switzerland.

Since his first big hype a few years ago, Griselda's Conway never disappears from the scene.

This event will go down in Swiss Hip Hop history and stay in people's minds forever.

The supporting program resembles a festival: With Sean Strange & DJ Illegal (Snowgoons), Danase & Sterneis, XP the Marxman and many more, an respectable lineup for the US star is guaranteed.

At the beginning, DJ Boogieman & Tray will spin, who will then be replaced by DJ Darknight, who will ring in the Zoo Zypher.

In it you will find the most notable players in Swiss Hip Hop:

SRF`s host Pablo, forefather EKR, Swiss battle rap champion Acid T, new school artists like Ryler Smith and Skinny Stylus or "Corner Talk" interviewer Steezo & Semantik.

In addition, US newcomers Chubs & Motown Priest could provide a surprise.

The evening will be hosted by Hip Hop Zoo's Jonny Ive, Mike Blaze and Steve Biko, from "The O's Circle".

DJ Boogieman, Tray & Darknight will be joined by DJ Kriss T & Prostaff for a fancy after party.

To give fans a chance to get in touch with the artist, there will be a meet'n'greet with Conway The Machine himself beforehand.

This will take place in an external location and will create further buzz.


Hailing from Buffalo's East Side, rapper Conway the Machine found success as a musician after suffering a near-fatal shooting in 2012. Matching gritty bars with a methodical, menacing delivery, the MC became a significant player in New York's underground scene, signing a deal with Eminem's Shady Records in 2017. He issued his debut album, From King to a God, in 2020. Alongside brother and fellow rapper Westside Gunn, the MC founded Griselda Records, which became a key component of the late-2010s resurgence of grimy New York rap. His sophomore album, God Don't Make Mistakes, appeared in early 2022.

Conway (born Demond Price) began recording at the age of 15, working initially with local producers under the names Loose Cannon and Killa Angel before committing to Conway. His hip-hop ambitions were cut short in 2012 when he became the victim of a near-fatal shooting, with doctors suggesting neck-down paralysis as the most likely outcome. Surviving instead with Bell's palsy (a form of facial paralysis), Conway developed a permanent slur; rather than hide this, he embraced it, adopting a more ominous delivery and eerier production to complement his slower flow. He released his 2015 debut album, The Devil's Reject, on Griselda. Seeing the success of Gunn's frequent Hitler Wears Hermes series, Conway upped his work ethic, releasing his sophomore album, Reject 2, and the collaborative project Hall & Nash (with Westside Gunn) in the latter half of 2015. Over grimy instrumentals produced by close collaborator Daringer, Conway used wordplay to relate his struggles with violence and street life, while also replicating the mafioso stylings of New York forefathers Jay- Z and Notorious B.I.G.

Working closely with local contemporaries from Roc Marciano to Skyzoo, the MC released a rapid-fire string of four albums across 2016 and 2017, building Griselda's profile up enough to land a deal with Eminem's Shady Records. The following year, in addition to issuing his fourth solo album, Blakk Tape, Conway begin his Everybody Is F.O.O.D. album series, releasing the first two projects in August and December. The third volume appeared in April 2019 and was followed by Conway's first single with Eminem, "Bang," which appeared in 2020 on his debut studio album, From King to a God. He paired with Method Man for the track "Lemon" later that year, and in 2021 he released the mixtape La Maquina. Conway began 2022 with "John Woo Flick" featuring Benny the Butcher and Westside Gunn and "Stressed" with Wallo267, the first two singles from his second album, God Don't Make Mistakes.


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