MP3: Blanco, Husalah, Kokane – “The Butcher And His Customers” feat. The Jacka (Prod. by DJ Burn One)

Cali Trio’s Second Single from Forthcoming Tortoise and the Hare EP, Premiere via The Smoking Section


Blanco Husalah and Kokane

 The Song:

Readying for the release of their forthcoming collaborative EP, Tortoise and the Hare, Bay Area artists Blanco and Husalah, and LA crooner Kokane combine talents to release their second single, “The Butcher And His Customers.” The single, premiered by The Smoking Section, features production by DJ Burn One and a verse from The Jacka. The EP, named following a brainstorm/smoke-sesh, is due for a June 17th release via Guerrilla Entertainment.

“The Butcher And His Customers” speaks in a language that all hustlers know no matter their age, race, or background.  Each rapper spits introspective rhymes that tells stories of the outlandish scenarios they’ve encountered in the drug game. The situations are so hard to believe (federal cases, prison, shootouts, heavy media attention), you’d think it’s a screenplay for a classic gangster movie. Raps Husalah, “straight up, true story, it is actual fact/ Your first love was a slut, my first love was selling crack.”

After working with singer Kokane on RAW, which also features Nipsey Hussle, Blanco immediately recognized their chemistry. “His professionalism was well received,” Blanco states. “He added an original West Coast flavor that I grew up on.” Although being out of the game for a while, Kokane demonstrates absolute control with his soulful vibrato on the harmony-rich hook. He and the other artists manage to showcase their talents without any overcrowding on the track.

Blanco is no stranger to joint projects. “I’ve done many collaborative albums all with artist that are on a higher plateau than I am,” he says. “This brings out my competitive nature so not only can I learn from their experience, it also drives me to improve myself until I reach absolute greatness even if unattainable.” In April, Blanco teamed up with rap vets The Jacka and Messy Marv for the One Hunnid EP. Produced entirely by Grammy Award-winning production duo Tha Bizness, the project includes features from YG, Freeway, Nipsey Hussle, and Trae The Truth. The EP was met with praise, with RapReviews saying that the “whole album has a smooth cruising feeling to it.”

Listen to “The Butcher And His Customers”:

Check out The Smoking Section premiere:

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Blanco Background:

Blanco (formerly Benny Blanco) is a rapper born in Berkeley, California but bred throughout the Bay Area. Fascinated by gangsta rap at an early age, Blanco began rhyming at 17. In 2004, he and his brother founded hip-hop label Guerilla Entertainment, which to date has released upwards of over 20 mixtapes and albums. As a member of rap trio The Yay Boyz with fellow label mates Taj-He-Spitz and Lil Hyfe, Blanco released Got Purp (Volumes 1 and 2), The Wizeguys, and full-length album Nosebleed Muzic. He has gone on to release several solo projects, including Blanco’s Way and American Pyscho, and more collaborative albums, including Jonestown with Messy Marv and Jacka, and Raw with Nipsey Hussle. Blanco has also collaborated with Gucci Mane, Redman, Freeway, Freddie Gibbs and Styles P, and released projects with Araab Muzik and Yukmouth. 

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“The Butcher And His Customers”:

“Grief and His Due”:

“The Grassy Knoll”:

Purchase One Hunnid EP:

Stream One Hunnid EP:

“Change,” feat. Nipsey Hussle:

“9/11,” feat. YG:



“Punch Out”:

“Duck Hunt”:


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