His Name Is His Name: Pusha T Album Review

 
Review written by: Nate Sherman

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.

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3 comments on “His Name Is His Name: Pusha T Album Review
  1. Massacred says:

    ….Just Damn,

    In a year ladled with many major releases, Pusha T’s, My Name Is My Name some how manages to buck both trends and every other major release, to become one of best records released this year. In many ways it seems to be Yeezus done right, while the rest reaks of raw undiluted metaphors and lyrical skill. But where Yeezus and Magna Carta Holy Grail failed, My Name Is My Name gets it so right. Pusha T has undoubtedly cemented himself as a true quality driven artist with this LP.

    Every track feels carefully thought out and is mechanically sound, while all featured artists are utilized to their max potential, enhancing both the mood and style of the album. (Especially Kendrick Lamar on Nosetalgia) All of the beats are both creative, while still folding into the album nicely. Particular Standouts include those done by the Neptunes and Good Music.

    Pusha T is quite effective at painting a lifestyle turned bad to an artist hungry to reach the top of the game. While Yeezy, excellent production serves as a suitable backdrop. The differece between this and Yeezus, however is that Pusha T, truly retains the lyrical ability to back it up.It is difficult not to reap this album enormous praise, when it so perfectly delivers on exactly what was promised.

    The album manages to string together so many elements beloved from Hip-Hop, from minimalist 90’s beat to theatrical good music production, R&B hooks that came out of the 90’s, witty sharp lyricism, as well as an aptitude for clever story telling. And of course, the constant that ties it all together, testosterone fuelled, yet some how well collected coke raps something of a signature for the artist.

    Perhaps the only real “issue” with this LP are the questionable additions of MC’s; “Big Sean” and “2 Chainz” neither of which can even come close to holding their own lyrically with Pusha. Both of there versus feel unintentionally awkward and funny on and all but introspective and fascinating album.

    Yet, neither of them are truly enough to detract from the album as a whole.

    Surely, a classic in the making.

    A well deserved, 4.5 out of 5.

  2. Isometrisized says:

    As far as I can tell the diversity of production takes us a musical trip through the past two decades from the prestige of a drug dealer all the way to Hip Hop hustler on the brink of Zeitgeist enlightenment. The production is pretty comprehensive and shows his appreciation of G.O.O.D., the 90′s as well as R&B.

    Its very much a trip through a few decades through the eyes of a drug dealer. And of course, the constant that ties it all together, testosterone fueled, yet some how well collected coke raps something of a signature for the artist.

    Lastly, to me what makes this a truly interesting listen is him drawing parallels from the gang banging lifestyle to being a hip hop mogul. The “Hustle” is still alive and well. One must look no further than SIMPLY the album artwork. The parallel being white albums to white kilos. The bar code indicates, hey this is just another day at work for Pusha T, whether is selling coke or albums, its much the same to him.

  3. Cell says:

    Here’s the thing though. Typically I’m wary, when artist says things like I have album of year, but in this case, the statement is 100% true.

    This is just about as good as gets when modern hip hop production and the 90’s collide.

    EXCELLENT album.

    No joke, if you truly want to support hip hop you will pick this one up.

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