News: Pusha T's "Exodus 23:1" Producer Sets The Record Straight, "He Kept Tellin' Me, 'I Need Something Dark'"

Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:41AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With tensions in the air courtesy of a perceived rap war between Young Money's Lil Wayne and G.O.O.D. Music's Pusha T, which began from the buzzing "Exodus 23:1" record, producer Rico Beats steps up to put matters into perspective.

Though he neither confirmed nor denied that Lil Wayne and Drake are Pusha's perceived targets on the track in question, Rico did relayed that neither of their names popped up during the song's creation.

"Honestly, when we were in the room listening to that record, I didn't hear none of these guys' names brought up," Rico told MTV News on Wednesday of rumors that Pusha was taking shots at Drake and Lil Wayne on the track. "It was none of that. Dream got in his zone and he went in the booth. Pusha got his pen, like I didn't hear nobody mentioned. ... Pusha kept tellin' me, 'I need something dark, man. The album sounds crazy, but I still need somethin' for my fans'. So I was like, 'I got you, give me by six o'clock.' ... I went down to the studio and I was just listening to Biggie. I was just playin' pure Biggie. So ["What's Beef"] came on and once I heard [B.I.G.'s] 'ha-ha-ha-ha' [vocal] I was like, 'Oh sh--'." (MTV)

Earlier this week, Pusha dropped a music video to complement the gritty record.

Last week, Clipse rapper Pusha T released "Exodus 23:1," a dis track that sure seemed to be aimed at Drake. The song didn't name names, but Lil Wayne noticed and promptly released the return shot "Ghoulish." And now Pusha's got a video for "Exodus 23:1," so this thing is definitely ongoing. The new video doesn't really do anything to further the anti-Cash Money narrative. Instead, it returns Pusha to the old Clipse milieu of Virginia crackhouses and mobs of goons with weathered faces. Samuel Rogers directs. (Stereo Gum)

The visual came just a few days after Young Money's Drake reportedly baited Pusha during a Washington, D.C. concert.

Drake's YMCMB big homie Lil' Wayne put out the diss track "Goulish" a couple days ago aimed at Pusha T in response to his "Exodus 23:1" record, and now, Drizzy has some words of his own for Pusha. During his Club Paradise Tour set this weekend in Washington D.C., Drake said, "If you was doing 16s when I was 16 and your sh*t still flopped and you switched teams, don't talk to me my n*gga." This immediately set off a ton of Tweets saying that Drake had called out Pusha on stage. And with this, the drama continues. (Complex)

Last week, Weezy went after the G.O.O.D. Music star on the new "Goulish" record.

The beef is on. This evening YMCMB flagship artist Lil Wayne did the expected and dropped a scathing dis record titled "Goulish" aimed at Clipse lyrical monster Pusha-T. "F--k Pusha-T and everybody that love him. His head up his a** so I'ma have to head butt him" Wayne raps on the intro to the record. N*ggas can't see me. Not even a glimpse. Too many banana clips, I feel like a chimps." (RapFix)

Check out the "Exodus 23:1" music video below:

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