Pusha T Says Puff Daddy Pushed Him Like No Other Producer To Be Better (Video)

Since its release last week, Pusha T’s “CCC (Crutches, Crosses, Caskets)” has had heads nodding vigorously. The Puff Daddy-produced song features a sparse beat, a trunk-rattling bass line and Pusha’s merciless lyrics at their coldest. Pusha Ton sat down with Genius’ Rob Markman to delve deeper into the meaning of his words.

Markman first inquired about the song’s refrain of “all I see is victims.” Waxing nostalgic and strategic, Pusha spoke about how much he used to look up to rappers when he was growing up, but how much his perspective has changed as he looks at today’s MCs. Pusha then discussed his words about Puff Daddy, where he says of his producer “Take my time to craft shit, ‘cause I don’t like back and forths with Puff about rap shit.” The G.O.O.D. Music President explained that Puff was very demanding in the studio, and pushes him “like no other producer.” Given that Pusha has worked extensively with The Neptunes, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz and other all-time greats, those are tall words about a producer whom many have accused of taking credit from others.

Markman followed up on Pusha’s comments about Puff, with a question about the line where Pusha says “Old niggas slapping young niggas…Ha Imagine that, where you from nigga?,” asking if the words related to Diddy’s infamous altercation where he allegedly slapped Drake over a dispute regarding the “0 to 100” track. Pusha responded that he never talked to Puff about the incident, but the “energy is just out there”…More clever wordplay from King Push? Check out the video.

Pusha T’s King Push: Darkest Before the Dawn is in stores on Friday (12/18).

Related: Pusha T Brings Crutches, Crosses, & Caskets (& Some Sunshine) to “The Daily Show” (Videos)