Johnny P's Caddy
by Benny the Butcher (featuring J. Cole)

Album: Tana Talk 4 (2022)
Charted: 72
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Songfacts®:

  • "Johnny P's Caddy" finds Benny The Butcher boasting about his rise to the top of the rap game. The hip-hop artist, born Jeremie Damon Pennick, is reaping the rewards of all the hard work he put in and perseverance he showed.
  • Later on in the verse, Benny defends the work he's put into Griselda Records. His two older cousins and fellow artists, Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine, founded the Buffalo-based collective and independent record label in 2012. Benny has played a key role in consolidating and preserving its status.
  • The song title, which doesn't appear in the lyrics, refers to an old-school Cadillac the rapper's dad owned when Jeremie Pennick was growing up. Benny credits the car with encouraging him to get into hip-hop, as his father used to take him and Westside Gunn for drives to listen to music. "Johnny P was someone who instilled pride in me early when I was young. Cadillacs, cars, and jewelries," explained Benny. "Those were like trophies, and he was always known for having a nice, big, shiny Cadillac."
  • J. Cole steps in halfway through with a braggadocios verse in which he says he was destined to be a great rapper. The Dreamville head honcho kicks off his bars by recounting his dramatic birth. Perhaps intentionally, Benny released the song on Jermaine Cole's actual birthday, January 28th.
  • Eminem's tour DJ, The Alchemist, created the beat. He samples the drums from Dexter Wansel's 1976 track "Theme From the Planets." Cole has twice used the same sample: on his 2009 cut "Lights Please," and his 2016 single "Everybody Dies."

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