Pusha T Says He Has “The Album Of 2018” & Kanye Did All Of The Beats
Since the official breakup of The Clipse in 2010, Pusha T has enjoyed a formidable solo career. Following two appearances (of seven verses reportedly recorded) on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Push’ began a pivotal working relationship with G.O.O.D. Music. He’s since released two albums, two mixtapes, and an EP with the label—along with a heavy hand on 2012’s #2-charting Cruel Summer. Today, he’s the president of that high-profile imprint and has mentored Desiigner and others.
Over the weekend, King Push spoke with Billboard at ComplexCon about his highly anticipated sophomore LP, King Push. “I’m actually finishing it up,” he said of the follow-up to his 2015 “Prelude” of the same name. “I’m probably working on my last song. I’m probably waiting on my last couple of features. It’s going to be album of the year in 2018,” promised the Re-Up Gang co-founder. He details, “Heavy raps, production by Kanye West from top to bottom. I’ve been in this for a long time, and one thing about me is it just has to be right. I’ve been doing a whole lot of other things, and it just needed focused time.”
One year ago, Pusha T called out to work closely with Kanye West as they did in the early 2010s. “I think it’s time we all head back to Hawaii,” he shared on social media on the sixth anniversary of M.B.D.T.F. The Bronx, New York-born, Virginia-raised MC added, “Whenever you ready.”
West is slowly coming back to the spotlight after a lengthy creative hiatus, following sudden cancellation of his The Life Of Pablo Tour one year ago. Over the weekend, ‘Ye appeared on stage with former G.O.O.D. star Kid Cudi. Pusha T added that G.O.O.D.’s founder is the head A&R of the forthcoming LP.
“He will pick all of my beats. I’ll rap to all of the beats, [until I think the] song’s done. Then, he will listen to it and say, ‘Hey, I can do all of these beats better,'” Pusha T says. “It is Kanye West, and he’s probably the greatest producer of all time. So if he’s willing to take all of that time, then I can take my time. I think that’s my biggest accomplishment of being in the game this long is having the luxury to take your time.”
Kanye has not previously produced a full Pusha T album. Based on credits, his role decreased greatly between 2013’s My Name Is My Name and 2015’s King Push — Darkest Before The Dawn: The Prelude.
With the “album of 2018” promise, it should be noted that Pusha T has been nominated three times for a Grammy Award. In addition to two 2013 nods for G.O.O.D.’s “Mercy,” The Clipse and Justin Timberlake were up for “Like I Love You” as “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” a decade earlier.
In 2017, Pusha T has worked with Vic Mensa and Gorillaz. With DJ Khaled at the helm, his “Good Man” collaboration with Jadakiss is presently on the Ambrosia For Heads playlist:
The release date for King Push is not announced.