Review of My Name is My Name the new album by Pusha T
I’m loving hip-hop at the moment. There’s a lot to get excited about. Jay Z is back with Magna Carta, which I’m still loving. Kendrick Lamar is setting the world on fire with everything he drops. Kanye is going crazy and blowing up at every paparazzi who approaches him. Method Man is dropping tracks with Adam F and Doctor P, invading the “Dubstep” scene. Nicki Minaj is allegedly doing twerking videos. And rumour has it Jeezy is in the studio recording his next album. The scene is full of activity, and there’s plenty to be satisfied with.
Oh, and FINALLY, Pusha T is dropping his debut album! AND IT’S ABOUT TIME!!!
See Push has been around for over a decade. Many of you non-hip-hop-heads are asking, “Who’s Pusha T?” Well remember that first Justin Timberlake single back in 2002, Like I Love You? It was funky as hell, Justin busted out the high voice, and there were two rappers on it, a duo known as “Clipse”. Well Pusha is one half of the Clipse, with his brother, No Malice (formerly known as Malice). The Clipse were amazing. If you want some excellent lyrics, over some amazing Pharrell beats, make sure you go pick up the albums Lord Willin and Hell Hath No Fury.
So Pusha has been going solo for a few years while his brother No Malice has been taking some time off from the game, and Push has done really well for himself. He’s released a few mixtapes (Fear of God 1 & 2, and Wrath of Caine). He signed with Kanye’s GOOD Music label, and last year, GOOD Music released the great compilation album, Cruel Summer. Push featured on two of the album’s biggest tracks, New God Flow and the huge hit, Mercy. His intro on the GOOD Music remix of Chief Keef’s Don’t Like also shouted out professional wrestling legend, Ric Flair. Damn, Push raps and loves pro wrestling. I wanna be best friends with Pusha!
So what does Pusha’s debut full release (Fear of God 2 was an EP) deliver? The answer, a brilliant album I love. My Name Is My Name is a great album, full of varied sounds, yet a nice thread running throughout. Push has that street feel to his vocals, and you feel his swagger. The beats are often simple yet hypnotic. It has a great feel through the beats, and as well as using some of the biggest producers in the game like Kanye, Pharrell and Swizz Beatz, he also employs the talents of other huge super producers, yet smaller names, like DJ Don Cannon (collaborator with DJ Drama on his Gangsta Grillz mixtape series), No I.D. and 88-Keys.
The album starts out with King Push, a statement of who he is and what he’s about. Numbers On The Board has one of those “Hard yet soft” beats, I can’t describe it. Yeah, I’m a rubbish writer, but hell, I’ll make up for it by giving you the video!
Tracks like 40 Acres featuring The-Dream, Hold On featuring Rick Ross and Let Me Love You featuring Kelly Rowland have a much more upbeat instrumental under the gritty lyrics. And the features don’t stop there, with fellow GOOD Music artists 2 Chainz and Big Sean popping up on Who I Am. But one of my favourite features comes from Ab-Liva on the track Suicide. Lyrics such as these got me really excited:
Nothing but cash here, this sweater is cashmere
The roof is a translucent, it’s nothing but glass there
The car is a concept, what’s next is my last year
My future is bright hot, you never can last here
But if we’re gonna talk about features, then we’ve gotta mention a certain someone who’s been killing 2013. The track Nostalgia featuring man of the minute, Kendrick Lamar continues to showcase Push’s intricate street lyrics. I love the rhyming style, I mean, I haven’t heard anything like it, but it’s infectious. Then Kendrick comes on and kills another verse. The samples of KRS One over the top are brilliant. Check the video:
And yesterday, in-line with the release of the album, Pusha released a new video for his latest track from the album, Sweet Serenade gives a completely different feel. That guy who we should never forgive for what he did to Rihanna, Chris Brown, delivers a fantastic chorus over a very “non-swizz- beatz” Swizz Beats beat! Again, Push’s lyrics shine through and make you feel the track and every word. Check out the video for Sweet Serenade below.
So overall, I love this album. I think Push delivered a fantastic album that was really worth the wait. Pusha has this ability to come over as extremely hard, a tough character. But he does it without raising his voice, rapping angrily yet softly. It’s fantastic. Anyway, I’d recommend checking out My Name Is My Name. And let us know what you think by tweeting @MusicEyz or @phatslates. Or leave a comment below. We wanna know what you think!
Review by Dan Slater
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