Pusha T has declared My Name Is My Name the best rap album of the year, and hip-hop fans will get to decide for themselves when his solo debut arrives in stores and online today. During his interview with Rap-Up TV, the G.O.O.D. Music MC backed up his lofty claim.
“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.”
In addition to “Sweet Serenade” featuring Chris Brown and the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Nosetalgia,” the album features Rick Ross, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland, and The-Dream.
“It’s car music,” explained Pusha. “It’s roll down all the windows in your car and ride past the club three times before you get out so everybody knows what you listening to ’cause that music describes you and it makes you feel like something. I feel like that’s a win for me.”
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Pusha T turns the beach into a strip club in the seductive video for “Sweet Serenade” featuring Chris Brown. On the eve of the release of his debut My Name Is My Name, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper delivers the Colin Tilley-directed clip, which he shot in Malibu at night. He lights a bonfire and toasts to the good life as bikini-clad babes perform in the sand, which comes complete with stripper poles.
“‘Sweet Serenade,’ it doesn’t sound really sweet, it’s pretty dark, so to capture that, we came and shot on the beach at nighttime,” Pusha told MTV News. “It gives it that eery feel, but still soothing.”
He praised his collaborator. “Chris has an edge to him that’s very real,” said Pusha. “He’s a real person, he goes through real situations and I just respect him a lot. I asked him to be on the record and he was 100 percent down with it.”
In addition to Brown, MNIMN features Kendrick Lamar, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and more. “It’s definitely going to be the hip-hop album of the year,” he declared.
Unlike some of his peers, Pusha T was not offended when he heard his name called out on Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse. Instead of firing back, the G.O.O.D. Music MC applauded Kendrick and even joined forces with him on “Nosetalgia.”
“Kendrick is an artist who I would classify as the new generation,” said Pusha of the Compton MC. “He’s like the voice of the new generation, I believe.”
During his listening party in New York, Kanye West got on the mic to deliver his now famous “Everything Is Pusha T” rant, which even caught Pusha off guard.
“I didn’t know where that was gonna go, but I was just hoping that everybody taped it and they did,” he told Rap-Up TV. “He went on one of his rants. We speak candidly about our perception of the culture and where it is and what we’ve started, what we’ve been innovators of, and what trends we’ve set. I didn’t know he was ready to share that with everybody else.”
When Kanye called out Jimmy Kimmel for spoofing his BBC interview, it was just Kanye being Kanye, said Pusha, who jumped to his defense.
“People just really need to understand that he’s really no nonsense,” explained Pusha. “He’s very passionate about everything he’s telling to the people. Nine times out of 10, he’s enlightening you or showing you the way. I feel like when someone makes light of it, he may take it to heart. I’m Team Kanye. I don’t really care about the other guy.”
Pusha T and Drake are releasing albums within weeks of each other. So is there a competition brewing? During his interview with Rap-Up TV, the “Nosetalgia” rapper shared his thoughts on Drizzy’s latest album Nothing Was the Same.
“I think he got some cool joints up there,” said Pusha, whose debut My Name Is My Name arrives Tuesday.
But that doesn’t mean he sees him as a threat. “I don’t think me and him are in the same lane,” he continued. “I don’t wanna do any of that.”
He welcomes the rivalry, but shrugs off any comparisons. “I think we’re polar opposites, really. Polar opposites who can rap,” said Push. “The attitude of mine and the attitude of his, people wanna compare that. It’s cool. I think it’s good for hip-hop. People always compare, but if you ask me, nah.”
Pusha T takes it to the streets of Compton with the “New King of the West Coast” Kendrick Lamar in the dark and gritty video for “Nosetalgia,” their collaboration off My Name Is My Name. The minimalistic clip was shot on 134th and Piru in Kendrick’s old stomping ground.
“The whole neighborhood was out there because [Kendrick] was also filming content. It was a beautiful thing,” Pusha told Rap-Up TV. “Everybody was really receptive, really happy to see me out there. It wasn’t a big production, no security stuff. It was just me being out there with the people.”
Due Oct. 8, MNIMN also features collaborations with Rick Ross, Jeezy, The-Dream, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, and Big Sean.
Take a walk on the west side with King Push and K-Dot.
On Oct. 8, Pusha T will release his long-awaited debut My Name Is My Name featuring the opening track “King Push.” While Joaquin Phoenix was originally credited for producing the song, he did not actually make the beat. In an exclusive interview with Rap-Up TV, the G.O.O.D. Music MC clears up the confusion.
It was Kanye West who got the beat from the Oscar-nominated actor. “Joaquin Phoenix gave the beat to ‘Ye, so when I got the beat from ‘Ye, it was, ‘Yo, Joaquin gave me this beat,’” he says. “So me, I’m just like, ‘OK, I know Joaquin’s into music and you know the whole thing,’ so I’m like, ‘Oh, damn.’”
The credit actually goes to Sebastian Sartor, the stepson of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. “I believe it is the son of Lars Ulrich from Metallica,” says Pusha. “I hope I’m not wrong this time. It was mistaken because it came from Joaquin.”
While Phoenix did not produce “King Push,” MNIMN does feature production from heavy-hitters including Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, The-Dream, and Kanye West.
Pusha T has the Internet and the streets fiending for his debut album My Name Is My Name. A week before its release, the Virginia rapper beats the leak and gives the web an advance listen via Myspace.
The star-studded project, which he calls the “hip-hop album of the year,” features appearances from Chris Brown, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Jeezy, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, and Future, plus production from Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, The-Dream, Don Cannon, and Joaquin Phoenix.
Stream the 12 tracks below and find out why his dope don’t spoil.