Pusha T Does A 180 & Makes Some Truly Feel-G.O.O.D. Music (Audio)

Whether with the Clipse, Re-Up Gang, or solo, Pusha T is known for making sinister street music. The President of G.O.O.D. Music regularly provides chilly accounts hustling, loveless intimacy, and the cold ambition that has driven him to the top of the MC pack. Whether Pharrell, Kanye West, or Nottz is lacing the beat, the feel is usually the same—and Hip-Hop Heads love him for it.

“Paid” is very different sounding. Teaming with Def Jam label-mate Jeremih, this song employs an undeniable piano chord and melodic chorus to bring everybody to the party. The record is about stacking funds, fat pockets, and revenue-retrieving, but the lyrics tell a story of hard work to advance the situation. The chorus and attitudes are much more upbeat than what is typically heard from T. Even with a happier tilt, some of those trademark Pusha Ton attitudes are ever-present in this one.

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Joining Nas and Erykah Badu’s “Bitter Land,” this song is part of The Land soundtrack (which is available for early listen at NPR Music). The music companion to the work executive produced by Nas sounds like a throwback to the glory days of Rap/Hip-Hop soundtracks.