February 22, 2013 No comments yet
New catalog, gon’ hurt you/Going in this dark like it’s curfew
Often, rap is not kind to those artists looking to reincarnate and turn their career around. For every 2 Chainz that has resurfaced and breathed second wind into their career, there’s a Consequence that continues to plummet with every Love and Hip-Hop: New York appearance. Somewhere along the former stands Pusha T: one-half of the menacing Virginia duo, Clipse and current G.O.O.D. Music signee. Finding resurgence in his solo outings since aligning with Kanye West, Pusha underwent a stylistic transformation while keeping his coke-bound lyricism intact. With momentum strongly on his side, he released his debut solo mixtape Fear Of God in 2011 to lukewarm reviews. Since repackaging the mixtape into an EP, Pusha works on following that up with Wrath Of Caine, an appetizer to prepare his fans for his debut album My Name Is My Name, which is slated to drop later this year.
Pusha’s mixtape title is not to be confused with the envious brother who killed Abel in cold-blood, or the demon-spawn of hellfire and brimstone who fights with and against the Undertaker (or even the failed Peter Parker clone). He comes into form with the doing what he does best; which is speaking of that white, powdery goodness while dealing with his newfound fame and accolades. Throughout most of this tape there is a woman speaking in patois, a mix of well-known producers covering the Hip-Hop scene, and a fine number of features that complement their tracks.
“Millions”, which is one of the few standout tracks on the tape, features a stationary Rick Ross verse and a furious Southside beat that was co-produced by Kanye West (or just had his name sprinkled on there because he’s Kanye). Young Chop does one better on the Shottas-inspired “Blocka”, which booms with haunting synths and claps and a hook from dancehall artist Popcaan. Pusha roams through like he is a drug kingpin, embracing his success and the eventual strife that comes with it. It can very well be the soundtrack of Tommy Vercetti’s post-Vice City life.
Interestingly enough, two of the most impressive tracks doesn’t have much of a performance by the main attraction himself. “Trust You” gives many an indirect introduction to Kevin Gates, the newest YMCMB pick-up. With the hook sounding like it came from the rhyme book of Future, it was the closing verse from Gates that outshines the two meddling ride-or-die outputs from Pusha. “Liva – Re-Up Gang Motivation”, doesn’t even feature Pusha T at all. Over an empowering choir beat crafted by !llmind, Re-Up’s Ab-Liva delivered an impassionate two minutes of bars that may possibly be the best verse on the tape.
Pusha does touches on his trial and tribulation story of bouncing through label anguish and revival on “Revolution”. A brief reunion of sorts with Pharrell, a carnival-esque piano loop circles around as T goes in introspectively, even speaking on Malice’s newfound faith. Feeling that his career has come full circle, Pusha is still looking to bring something new under the G.O.O.D. umbrella. Right now, he’s slowly branching himself away from the shadow of Jadakiss and Fabolous; two rappers that have a few strong singles and excellent feature spots only to fail when it comes to a body of work.
His hunger is still there and with the connections he has on his side, he’ll look to storm through with a stronger full-length.