Following the unfortunate break-up of the duo of Clipse, Pusha T, one half of the group, started developing himself into a solo act. GAWD DAMN, LOOK HOW THAT TURNED OUT. After releasing his first debut solo project, ‘Fear of God II : Let Us Pray’, featuring a star-studded line-up of features, including Juicy J, Kanye West, Meek Mill and 50 Cent. Two years later, and with the Rap community in much need of it; King Push released his debut album ‘My Name is My Name’.
While previous collaborators such as Timbaland and Justin Timberlake don’t appear on the album, the master beat-producer, Pharrell nabs two writing and production credits as well as a vocal feature on the final track.
Although the album boasts a dense pack of features; Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Young Jeezy, the majority of their featured performances do add weight to the album, however, trumping Pusha lyrically, is difficult. He is one of the clearest rappers to listening to for his aggressive yet simple organisation of bars, however his similes, metaphors and comparisons of Sports and infamous drug dealers to himself. This only provides luxurious visuals when listening to the Virginia Rapper.
The first track that stood out to me was the 88-Keys, Don Cannon and Kanye West produced “Numbers on the Board”. Over a monotone bass line and oddly pleasing drums, Push raps effortlessly on the experimental beat and gives his fans one of his hardest solo joints yet. His collaboration with Pop star, Chris Brown, “Serenade” is also another standout track. The beat is haunting with a creepy vocal sample and Trap drum beat and Pusha speaks of the dangerous lifestyle of being a drug dealer. While there are other, ‘friendly’ records such as the Kelly Rowland assisted “Let Me Love You” and The-Dream collabo “40 Acres”. However, the tracks that really standout are the final three; specifically the incredibly looped-guitar “Nosetalgia” featuring Kendrick Lamar. This is the only song on the album where Pusha is lyrically out-weighed by his collaborator.
To conclude, Pusha’s debut album is great. In length, it’s short, yet, “quality over quantity” really does take part in this album. Each instrumental wouldn’t have sounded any better without a Pusha verse on top of it as well as the lyrical ability that lives inside him. Without a doubt; it’s one of the best Hip-Hop projects that has come out for our generation.