Nearly a militia at this point, Griselda Records quickly became the hip-hop head’s favorite for combining that boom-bap sound while the fork scrapes the pot of modern crop. As the saga continues, Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely Adolf is part one of the final pages to the Hitler Saga. A longtime coming as the ink dries from the pen, Westside Gunn crosses from the Buffalo border, past White Plains, through Manhattan, and directly into outer space to become ethereal at this point.
In the Rolls Royce cutting up keys, Westside Gunn begins with “Murders In Maxfields.” An entirely instrumental track similar to Stanley Kubrick’s opening of The Shining. The production from Denny Laflare is ominous and foreboding. It becomes the aftermath of the battleground and is Westside Gunn’s walk-out music.
He punches into the speakers with track three, “Mariota” where the feature from Stove God Cooks and production from Conductor Williams is gorgeous. With his higher tuned vocals on approach, Westside Gunn is able to rattle off ad-libs of Mac-10 wounds and luxury cars through luxury raps.
Describing, “Listen here, fifties in the Carti’s make my vision clear, rub my Pyrex three times, my coke genie appear. Pistol whip out your veneers, Marine sea on the Lear. Clutching mother pearls, my nigga got a 1000 years.” While the hypnotic sampled vocals pour out from Conductor Williams, this gives Westside Gunn a diamond-encrusted grenade to pass to Stove God Cooks.
The twin tornado tag-team is both dangerous behind the microphone, but more importantly, makes the audience feel as if they are in the same room as royalty. This royalty becomes a theme for Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely Adolf, especially on “Draymond” with another Stove God Cooks feature and a Rome Streetz appearance.
It appears that the New York trifecta of rappers come together on “Draymond” to attack like a hydra of coke rap. Rome Streetz starts off like a sucker punch describing, “With the right, I shake a millionaire’s hand, with the left, I serve a junkie. Walked the line a lavish life of crime, remember the times.”
The production from Denny Laflare is smooth and able to knock heads without ever adding the vocals, appearing more as a frame for Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely Adolf to bounce between hip-hop destruction and construction.
Similar to a later track, “Claires Back” where Griselda Records home team combines once again featuring Conway The Machine and Benny The Butcher for more memories of how rap is exciting when using the same components.
Like remixing a brick, “Claires Back” is iconic with lines that describe, “Got so much money told that bitch ‘don’t touch me,’” or “Sorry, I’m not sorry, block parties to yacht parties. I’m a trapper, I answer first thing when the pot call me.” As Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely Adolf comes closer and closer to a finale, the production from Camoflauge Monk forces the audience to pay attention as the beat switches from intimidating boom-bap into a shattered, war-torn beat.
Taking from guns to Givenchy, from Palm Angels to stove pots; no matter what setting Westside Gunn is in, he thrives and captures the ears. As the Fendi ski mask gets hung up in the rafters, Maison Margiela replaces the pistol grips and makes Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely Adolf a conquering handle on the audience.