Pusha T Narrates His Inspiring Life Story. It All Began With His Brother. (Video)
Pusha T has had what are arguably the best several months of his career lately. After being named the President of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, the Virginia Beach MC is now riding the wave of critical acclaim left in the wake of King Push: Darkest Before Dawn: the Prelude, his second full-length solo album and the first since 2013’s My Name Is My Name. Most recently, he dropped “M.F.T.R. (More Famous Than Rich)” as a single and video, which was preceded by a history-making performance on The Daily Show and an engrossing conversation as a guest on “Sway in the Morning.” Now, he’s the focus of a Vice-produced short film which takes an autobiographical approach to his story, and it begins at the most appropriate place: the beginning.
In detailing his early childhood, Pusha T shares his being born in the Bronx and his move to Virginia Beach, Virginia shortly thereafter. It isn’t long until his brother Gene (No Malice, f/k/a Malice) gets mentioned. In fact, it’s entirely because of his older brother’s influence that Push got involved with music, as he explains in the film. “My brother Gene brought music into our house,” he says. “Me and my brother’s relationship has always been super close…my mother always made him look after me. I was with him all the time,” he shares. A few minutes later, he goes into the history of how he and his brother first formed their iconic duo, the Clipse. “Me, my brother, Pharrell, Chad Hugo, and a few other creatives from around our area, we would all go to Chad’s house,” the story begins. “Primarily it would be my brother and Pharrell writing raps…and one particular day, I was just like ‘Man, I’ma write,’ and I just wrote a verse and everybody loved it. And I was in high school probably.”
Pusha goes on to narrate a story about his first taste of success, which he says arrived when he and his brother would “get offers to do $2,000 shows for, like, every drug dealer in the United States of America who just wanted us to perform [“Grindin'”] like, 50 times. We were putting on bullet-proof vests to go do these things, ’cause these places were pretty sketchy,” he describes. “I just saw the record begin to grow, and I saw it grow from a ground level.” Eventually, he traces the Clipse’s rise to mainstream acclaim, shouting out the duo’s hardcore, White fan base, whom he calls “Clipsters.” The continued partnership with his big brother remains a focal point, and Pusha details a particularly life-changing conversation in which his brother says “you want to be a solo artist anyway, so you should probably pursue that.” That leads beautifully into the story of his ascension to King Push, and where he stands today and where he hopes to be tomorrow.
The rest of the “Autobiographies” series (including Vince Staples, Ty Dolla $ign, and more) will be running on Verizon’s go90 streaming service.