Genre: Hip Hop
Following a string of controversies involving Kanye West’s batshit antics, anyone associated with the guy unfortunately has to address where they stand on the whole Trump thing. You’d think people would realize that you can be friends or work with someone who doesn’t have the same political views as you, but hey, here we are. Pusha-T is the latest rapper to work with Kanye West, and by no means does he share the same views as Kanye. He just utilized Kanye’s immaculate production skills for his new album DAYTONA, and if My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was an indication that the two work very well together, then DAYTONA is a powerful reminder of that fact. This album has that gritty tough as nails Push we love. Yes the lyrical content mostly features his same ol’ drug dealer subject matter, but his delivery is so infectious that it makes us completely okay with the fact that he’s been talking about this subject for over a decade. Pusha’s straight to the point no bullshit style doesn’t require grandiose production, and it’s as if Kanye knew this while creating these beats. The production is minimal, but still features Kanye’s staple of sporadic soul samples and beat switches. Tracks like “The Games We Play” and “Hard Piano” feel like updated throwbacks to the glory days of “Boom Bap,” and Rick Ross is the cherry on top on “Hard Piano” where both him and Push speak on their experiences with drug dealing and where they are now. Mr. Poopity Scoop even has a verse on the track “What Would Meek Do?” and the chemistry between the two goes over quite well. The track that follows, “Infrared” is the closing track, and this one definitely has people talking. It’s no secret that he’s taking obvious shots at Drake and probably other modern rappers who don’t write their own lyrics, and yes Drake has responded, leading to this year’s most interesting beef so far. I’ve already forgotten about Joyner Lucas and Logic’s beef. Sure Pusha’s lyrical content isn’t exactly something that requires immense dissection to decipher any meaning, but that’s okay. Not all lyrics have to be dense. Pusha excels in lyrical simplicity, his blunt and cold delivery is what gives him his signature style, and with Kanye backing him up with perfectly crafted production, the two are a force to be reckoned with.
Written By: Steven Sandoval