For the past few years, I’ve realized that Pusha T musical output is consistent. It’s consistently dope.
Verse after verse, song after song, project after project, he’s delivered solid work.
From his Clipse days to the present, he’s been consistent. It’s like the brief hiatus Clipse went on after their debut album, drove and motivated Pusha to work on his craft. He came back with Malice, Sandman and Liva on the legendary We Got It For Cheap mixtapes, which were good.
During those mixtapes, I started realizing that Pusha was one of the dopest rappers out, no pun intended. The raps I heard on those mixtapes were crazy. Those mixtapes are some of my favorite mixtapes ever. I noticed Pusha started to show growth, and ascending into the next tier of rappers.
When he branched out and went solo, everyone questioned whether he could do it, including me. We didn’t know if his greatness was because he could bounce off of Malice.
Fortunately, we were wrong and Pusha was just that dope of a rapper. He delivered a hot solo project in Fear of God, then followed it with solid projects Fear of God II and Wraith of Caine before his debut album My Name is My Name came and shut it down. That album was arguably the best album of 2013.
Pusha secretly cooked up, pun intended, his follow up to My Name, King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude, and dropped it at the end of 2015. It was met with rave reviews. I thought it was dope—shocking, I know.
In anticipation of his next album, King Push, I decided to highlight some of Pusha’s records where he is at his best.
“Chevy Ridin’ High”
Damn at Pusha’s opening line. It sounds like a subliminal to T.I. and Lil’ Wayne, whom both have proclaimed themselves as the top rapper at that time. Pusha took it a step above that and hit them with “well-then-I’m-a-God” line. Damn Push, why did you have to do them like that? The rest of his verse is pure cocaine, pun intended again.
“Intro” (Road To Till The Casket Drops mixtape)
Pusha is finally tired of not receiving the credit he deserves, calling himself “phenomenal” in the process. He shows the frustration he’s had with his record label for holding his group hostage, and not letting the rap world hear his greatness.
“Hate It or Love It”
This verse was one of his best in the entire We Got It For Cheap series. The real life story Pusha tells about his cocaine days is amazing. He shows vulnerability when he talks about Thurman. He shows that he was hurt when he realized Thurman, a person he thought was a friend, was stealing from him. Pusha wanted answers and peace with Thurman. Unfortunately, he didn’t get his wish.
“We Got It For Cheap (Intro)”
His second verse is fucking fire! He shows his competitive side by calling himself the best since The Notorious B.I.G. passed. He says one of his verses, (see “Chevy Ridin’ High”) can start jihad (beef) or at least a conversation where people will debate who is the best.
If Pusha keeps at it, he could easily move up to be one of the best rappers ever. He’s had a solid resume with everything he’s ever touch. If he keeps at it, I don’t see how that can come true.
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