Tue 3 Sep 2013
Little did we know that COMPLEX’s EIC Noah Callahan-Bever was riding shotgun with Pusha T during his recent trip to Jamaica. While Pyrex shot his “Blocka” video, NCB was able to get some candid interview moments with G.O.O.D Music’s own blow dealer. In part one, Push opens up about making sure he steps out of Virginia during his career just to show his hometown brethren that the rap world expands way past the state’s borders. Look out for multiple parts to be released leading up to the release of My Name Is My Name on October 8.
“I’m not making any music that has me stepping out of my zone.” Push illustrates the fame of Pharrell Williams and Kanye West as well as articulates his relationship with them and where his presence fits into the fold. He states, “My job is to keep bringing this hot shit to table, and to keep letting them know what’s hot out there.”
UPDATE: Watch part 2 and 3 after the jump…
In part two, Pusha compares the lyrically-driven music he makes to the music he actually listens to (like Future), talks about creating a definitive brand with Clipse and The Neptunes, similar to that of Gang Starr, and explains how music has affected his and Malice’s personal lives, and vice versa. Pyrex specifically remembers a time he was pulled over by the cops, and how his past crimes played into the situation. “That was my wake-up call, like, ‘man, this just really never goes away,'” he said. “It never goes away.”
Part three finds Pusha T talking about authenticity in hip-hop, particularly among Chicago’s new wave, how Rick Ross pushes him to be a better writer, and praises Kendrick Lamar as one of the best spitters right now. Not so much A$AP Mob, though:
I’m not giving rap passes, I’m gonna call what it is. Are you just gonna look past the fact that the Chicago scene that I like isn’t as strong lyrically? I can sit back and say, “man, but it’s way more authentic than what I feel the A$AP movement is.”