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.
Pusha T lights a bonfire and toasts to the life in the video for his celebratory single “Sweet Serenade” featuring Chris Brown. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper takes MTV News on set as he shoots scenes on the beach at night.
“‘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,” he said. “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.”
Pusha’s debut My Name Is My Name arrives Oct. 8 featuring 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. “It’s the rap album of all rap albums.”
The streets are calling. On Oct. 8, Pusha T will deliver his long-awaited solo debut My Name Is My Name. The G.O.O.D. Music spitter gives us a taste of what to expect with snippets via iTunes.
The star-studded set includes 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 (“King Push”).
“I’m so confident in my music, so confident in the product that I made,” Pusha told MTV News. “I told y’all a long time ago: I’ma have the album of the year.”
Did King Push make good on his word? Stream snippets from the album below.