After proclaiming his new My Name Is My Name solo release will topple its competition this year, G.O.O.D Music’s Pusha T has finally explained why the long-awaited debut is in a class of its own.
In Pusha’s opinion, the project’s lyricsm and overall production outshine what has hit store shelves in 2013.
“Lyrically, My Name Is My Name is untouchable,” said a confident Pusha. “Production-wise, it is definitely the best produced album of the year by far. Ultimately, it’s the only album to me that really restores the feeling of hip-hop. I think everything else is easy listening. I feel like mine really makes you put an ‘S’ on your chest and calls for a course of action. It’s music you can front to, like LL [Cool J] would have said back then.” (Rap-Up)
Recently, Pusha said he made sure to come hard on his new LP by going into a late musical 90’s zone.
“I didn’t learn the art form of rapping in those different stages — I only knew to be as ill as you can be lyrically,” he said. “It’s all about creating that nostalgia. When it came to My Name Is My Name I said to myself, ‘Man, I wanna make something that I love and I wanna listen to myself. I wanna go to an era and revisit an era that was strictly about lyrics.’ So I had to go to ’95-’99 — a great mixtape era, a great B.I.G./Jay era. To me it was just more so about re-creating the greatness of an amazing time.” (MTV)
Despite having behind-the-scenes help from Kanye West, Pusha opts out of featuring Yeezus on the 12-track project.
1. “King Push” 2. “Numbers On The Board” 3. “Sweet Serenade” feat. Chris Brown 4. “Hold On” feat. Rick Ross 5. “Suicide” feat. Ab-Liva 6. “40 Acres” feat. The-Dream 7. “No Regrets” feat. Jeezy and Kevin Cossom 8. “Let Me Love You” feat. Kelly Rowland 9. “Who I Am” feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean 10. “Nosetalgia” feat. Kendrick Lamar 11. “Pain” feat. Future 12. “S.N.I.T.C.H.” feat. Pharrell (My Name Is My Name)
Over the summer, Kanye gave a rant-filled speech at the G.O.O.D Music member’s album release party in New York.
Pusha-T was the guest of honor at his “My Name Is My Name” album listening party Wednesday night in Brooklyn, but all eyes were on the man standing next to him: Kanye West. After asking the DJ to wait before starting the next track, West got on the mic and delivered one of his fiercest rants to date, expressing his support for Pusha-T by ripping some of the usual suspects (“corporations”) and taking aim at some new supposed trend biters (people who wear camouflage prints, people who “put numbers on the back of their t-shirts”). (Huffington Post)
While he would not name-drop every album that’s come out this year including Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail and Ye’s Yeezus, Mr. T recently said his project would ultimately reign supreme.
“Well, I’ve heard a lot of them. And mine is better. [Laughs.] I just know what I’m looking to bring to the music game, and it’s a certain level of energy. I’ve made the perfect album that I want to put in my car and ride to. It’s a certain energy that makes you do stupid things like ride past the club three times with the windows down when it’s cold outside just so people can hear what you’re listening to. I made that album. And I was that stupid guy at one point, so I know I made it.” (Esquire)
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