Buffalo native and Roc Nation hip hop artist Benny the Butcher joins Bills multimedia journalist Maddy Glab and team owner and president Kim Pegula on the latest episode of "Bills Pod Squad," presented by New York Lottery.
Each week, Kim and Maddy discuss the Bills' previous matchup, look ahead to the upcoming week, and interview personalities from around the NFL (and, in this case, the entertainment world).
Here are three takeaways from their conversation.
1. His journey and drawing inspiration from Buffalo
Benny discussed the message behind his recently released studio album, "Burden of Proof."
"I just think that it tells you that, no matter what, keep trying and keep pushing and keep going because you didn't cross the finish line yet," he says. "As long as you're waking up every day in the morning, you didn't cross the finish line and you're still capable of doing a lot of things. A lot of times, I had to prove that to myself."
The conversation around Benny's music also touches on the inspiration behind his lyrics, becoming a label owner, working with artists like Rick Ross and Big Sean, and his love for Buffalo.
"Buffalo is not a place with the big, flashy lights," he says. "It's all about hard work. My hard work shined through everything."
2. His Bills fandom
Benny shares the memory of bringing his mom to their first Bills game, a 21-13 upset over the Green Bay Packers in 2014.
"The weather was terrible, and it was a real game, it was a real perfect game to take my mom to," he said. "Because we didn't want to go to a game where the sun was shining. We wanted the elements. We wanted a real Buffalo Bills game."
He exudes fandom during a conversation about the Bills, during which he talks about his favorite player (Dion Dawkins), shares an opinion on Josh Allen ("He's an alien), and reveals which player he wants to meet next.
3. Songs with Drake up next?
Benny teased tracks with the Toronto rapper – who has shown love to Buffalo in his own songs – coming in the future.
"I definitely sent something for Drake's album and he sent something for mine," he said. "This industry is crazy, but hopefully we get to put these records out."