One half of the Clipse. Drug dealer. Metaphor professional. Possibly the hardest rapper in Virginia (and certainly the most consistently quotable). And as of last year, one of the most recent signees to Kanye West”s GOOD Music label – and with the guest verse on “Runaway,” definitely one of the most visible (heck, he was the only guest on that whole star-studded album that Kanye took with him to perform at his return performance at Coachella). So it’s only fitting that Pusha opens his latest track with a classic Ric Flair boast before getting right down to business. Based off these lyrics, business is good. It’s classic Pusha – braggadocious, brand name calling out, and a whole lot of similes. A little bit slower flow than we’re used to from him, but it works with the beat and samples. If this doesn’t give you a reason to pick up Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray when it comes out November 8, then I don’t know what will.
(Well, if you DO need another reason, here’s one: a track and music video shot with Tyler the Creator this past summer that has the two of them switching roles for the day. Tyler in a ski mask and Pusha on crutches were the highlights for me.)