Pusha T & Jay Z’s Explosive Single Was Inspired By One “Appalled” TV Host
Twenty-three year-old Tomi Lahren has made a name for herself as a conservative TV broadcaster. Host of Tomi on The Blaze network caught fire earlier this year, criticizing Beyonce’s Super Bowl Halftime performance of “Formation.” On her show, the Rapid City, South Dakota native criticized the pop superstar and her husband.
“Your husband was a drug dealer. For 14 years, he sold crack cocaine. Talk about protecting Black neighborhoods? Start at home,” said the University Nevada Las Vegas graduate. Elements of that rant appear in the just-released “Drug Dealers Anonymous” first single from King Push.
Elsewhere in that elaborate February 2016 statement, Tomi drew criticism for these remarks. “[Beyonce] just like President Obama, Jada Pinkett-Smith, [Reverend] Al Sharpton and so many others that just can’t let America heal, you keep ripping off the historical band-aid. Why be a cultural leader when you can play the victim, right?” She continued, “Guess what Beyonce? White people like your music too. White people buy your songs on iTunes, memorize your lyrics and admire your talent and beauty. Little White girls want to be like you just as little Black girls do, but instead of that, you’d rather perpetuate the great battle of the races.”
At the time, Pusha T was watching the news cycle. The G.O.O.D. Music artist says he emailed Jay, with a verse already written, inspired by Tomi Lahren’s controversial opinions. Genius spoke to Push’, who shared the email exchange he had with the MC he previously collaborated with on Kanye West’s “So Appalled.”
According to the paraphrased texts, the Roc Nation CEO responded to T’s verse and beat with, “WTF? Why you taking me to a dark place? Now I’m going to grow my hair out to be on this track with you…”
Pusha then urged the onetime writer of “Friend Or Foe” and “Can’t Knock The Hustle” to appease his base. “Man, there’s nothing wrong with telling ghost stories. We need them. We love them. We love these things.”
The resulting “Drug Dealers Anonymous,” which featured both MCs pulling from past exploits, hit the digital space Tuesday (May 31). Genius has the full transcript of the alleged texts.
As for Tomi Lahren, she has already gone public with her own reaction to the King Push look:
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) June 1, 2016
Beyond the song, Pusha T and Jay Z have not publicly responded to the broadcaster, nor has Beyonce.