Pusha T has released his first solo album under G.O.O.D. Music and is now flying high without the wings of the Clipse. Pusha’s album, aptly named My Name Is My Name, which is a popular quote from the character Marlo Stanfield in the critically acclaimed television series The Wire, was released a couple of days ago. In this album, Pusha delves into his past roots of pushin’ drugs and his lyrics are inspired by his own past experiences. The name My Name Is My Name is fitting for this album considering Marlo Stanfield was a Baltimore drug kingpin on The Wire, which is who Pusha may have likened his past life to.
This was a highly anticipated album and Pusha T did his thing on it. With Kanye producing this album and collabs with the likes of Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and a host of others, this album provided something different than anything that I’ve heard from the Clipse. The Clipse were known for their catchy beats and what I liked about this album in particular was the aggressive beats along with Pusha’s flow and delivery.
My favorite tracks on this album are No Regrets and Pain for the simple fact that I was impressed with how sync the delivery of the lyrics were with the beats. Not to mention these tracks are head bangers! My personal favorite track, which I think is unintentionally hilarious is S.N.I.T.C.H, which Pusha talks about how close you can be with a friend, but they would sell you down the road in a minute if it meant cutting some jail time.
Overall this album was not what I expected from Pusha T, but that is a good thing because I wasn’t expecting much from what I have heard from him in the past. He needed to bring something different, and he brought it. I don’t want to say that this album being produced by Kanye had anything to do with that because God knows Kanye pats himself on the back enough. I would say that Kanye has rubbed off on Pusha a bit considering that just by listening to Pusha on this album, he’s feeling himself a little too much. Also I wasn’t too particular about the subject matter of the album but Pusha is so good that I can look beyond what he is rapping about and look squarely on the production and delivery of each track, which is top notch in my book.