With Pusha T continuing to work toward dropping his first solo album through Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music brand, SOHH recently spoke with The Clipse member to see where his focus was.
Giving fans insight on his rap demeanor, Pusha explained his motivation toward going solo.
“The way I want to put out my solo album, those ideas are definitely taking form right now,” Pusha told SOHH. “It’s just that I want the world to understand that in The Clipse, well, I look at it like this. A lot of people understand the dichotomy with Pusha being more brash, the more wordplay-type one. And then you have my brother, Malice, being the more introspective and more conscious-driven. And it’s not that I don’t think like that, it’s just the fact that we play roles in our group. And we’re d*mn good at that. And I’m d*mn good at this. And it’s not that I don’t have those views, I think I just want the world to get a full 360-degree perspective of myself, my opinions and my mind.” (SOHH)
While neither a release date or album title have been revealed yet, Pusha is working on an upcoming solo mixtape called Fear of God.
Pusha-T’s “My God” was actually posted late Friday and has spent its time since bouncing from emphatic hip-hop blog co-sign to emphatic hip-hop blog co-sign … and, now, predictably, to an emphatic Vulture co-sign. Pusha’s spent over a decade standing out, whether on Clipse tracks or random remixes or critically acclaimed smash Kanye singles. But this is his first time, officially, as a solo artist. He does not fumble the opportunity. (New York Mag)
Last May, Pusha detailed his motivation for seeking a solo album.
“We got Re-Up Gang Records, so we’re trying to exercise every aspect of putting music out there. The Clipse will definitely be putting more music out. But it only makes sense for us to do solo projects and build a catalog with solo records by ourselves as well as [our artist] Ab Liva…I think I’ve grown with every Clipse album, but there’s an emotional side of Pusha that people need to see. I want people to get a little more in tune with my thought process. A lot of times people hear me and think, ‘Wow! That’s a dope verse!’ but it’s way beyond that with me. I want people to understand who I am and get inside my thought process. I think I can do that with a solo project.” (VIBE)
A week prior, the Virginia-based rapper publicly announced plans to drop solo efforts during a show.
During a concert performance on Friday, April 30, the Clipse — brothers Pusha T and Malice — dropped news that they plan to release solo albums in the next few months. Pusha T took a quick pause between songs to tell the crowd that he and his brother Malice would release separate albums this year. “2010 new Clipse music, new Re-Up Gang music, solo projects by myself, Pusha and Malice,” he said. (The Boom Box)
Check out some recent Pusha T footage below: