The Clipse’s Pusha T has shared his input and opinion on critics slamming his content by claiming his primary focus is drugs.
Pusha pointed out his music, at first glance, does not disassociate itself from rappers like Rick Ross and Jay-Z who also have made acclaimed records based off drug concepts.
“They can say [I make ‘coke rap’] about me but the same individuals will contradict themselves and will tell you how much they were in love with Rick Ross or [Young] Jeezy, or loved Jay-Z circa ’96 to ‘Hard Knock Life.’ Or tell you ‘Allure’ is their favorite record but hate coke rap,” Pusha explained in an interview. “Like I said in the ‘Cook It Down’ verse, ‘I pray that you ignore me/if you can’t feel the joy of a hustler and his glory.’ I don’t want you to listen. This might not be for you. That’s fine. I write this from a certain place, from certain experiences, for certain people.” (The BVX)
In 2009, Southern rapper Rich Boy promised to tone down his drug-based raps.
“[The album] is going to be more substance, man, because what had happened was, it messed my head up, I was riding through this project called Roger Wiliams, and this kid had asked me, ‘Why you rap about crack so much, Richy,'” he explained in an interview. “And it just messed my head up to the point where I couldn’t get mad at the little cat. I was just like, I could tell he seen something real dealing with crack. So I was just like, ‘Man, for the kids like that, I’d rather change my topic.’ If I know kids like that are listening to me…But not fully. I’m going to keep it real and rap about the sh*t I’ve seen, but I’m not going to glorify it…When I leave out the game, when I stop, I’m gonna be top 10…And I put this on everything. I’m gonna be top 10.” (VIBE)
Earlier this year, The Clipse’s Malice spoke on their former manager Anthony “Geezy” Gonzalez getting convicted and sentenced to a 32-year jail sentence over drug trafficking.
“The thing with Tony — it was so surreal,” Malice explained in an interview. “You always hear you’re going to end up dead or in jail if you sell drugs, but I don’t think any of us thought it would happen to our fam. I thought we knew something the rest of the world didn’t. Ironically, in a weird way though, I literally seen it about to happen…it was intuition I guess. We were all in Miami. Out of nowhere I ask my man Tony if he’s good. I told him it would break my heart if he were ever in jail. He reassured me he was good. Everything was fine. The whole crew went down the next day. Our homies were supposed to come back on a later flight than us, but they got word that the authorities were waiting for them at the airport. They never made it back to Virginia. At least not as free men.” (Village Voice)
Malice’s former manager was one of seven individuals indicted on multiple drug charges in April 2009.
The suspects include the owner of a former club that allegedly served as the drug ring’s base. They are charged with distributing more than a ton of marijuana and more than 100 pounds of cocaine. An unidentified police officer is listed in the indictment as a co-conspirator. According to the indictment, the officer fed information about the ongoing investigation to the club’s owner. (Daily Press)
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