Pusha T’s Guest Verse Shows His New Album Is About To Be Flames (Video)
According to Kanye West’s words last month, Hip-Hop Heads are just nine days away from Pusha T’s third solo album (May 25). Reports from Push’ and ‘Ye suggest that G.O.O.D. Music’s founder is producing the beats on the album for its label president, who also happens to be one of the flagship artists.
Yesterday, West tweeted a photo that included working whiteboard documents of several of the upcoming albums he has been touting (including his own, Nas, and a collaborative EP with Kid Cudi). In a column on the board for Pusha T, there are eight song titles listed in the follow-up to late 2015’s King Push – Darkest Before The Dawn: The Prelude. In the last two-and-a-half years, Push’ has suggested that his next work would maintain that series and title.
If May 25 is the date, Pusha T, Clipse, and ‘Ye Heads are on baited breath to see what the project may sound like. As he’s done throughout his career, Push’ cosigned an artist on the rise in a new video, and gave his trademark style on the track. Like T, Don Q is another rapper with Uptown roots. Signed to Atlantic, Heads may have heard the Bronx bar-slinger alongside Dave East, Meek Mill, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
On “Words Of Wisdom,” Pusha T finesses the track with the irreverent kind of talk that complements Don’s street-tough aesthetic. “N*ggas still making albums using label budgets I get it out the streets before the label touch it / Take two years and tell the label, ‘f*ck it’ / My kilos streaming in the streets without a single buzzing,” spits the New York to Virginia MC. Referring to a landmark that connects the BX with Manhattan that doubles as Don’s squad name, the Clipse co-founder gives Q a real salute. “You High Bridge n*ggas done made me fans again / And Don Q got y’all panicking,” he touts as the Rell Ruger track closes out.
Don’s lines represent a know-how that connects to Push’s storied past. “Motha’s onto me, used to hide my work right next to the vases / Nightmares haunting me, feeling like the last breath I was taking / God was warning me Now every morning I’m checking for faces / Now that I get paid to party, I show up and bring my army / Better off safe than sorry, I’m never gonna play Safaree / L.A. nights boogie had the Lambo’, I played the ‘Rari / Selling white and I ain’t tell ’em a word when they came and charged me,” he raps, referencing Safaree Samuels’ very serious robbery incident.
If West’s promise delivers, May could be a blooming month for music.