(GOOD Music/Def Jam, 2015)
On King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude, a star-studded cast of producers create a polished and fascinating sound, with Pusha T’s vocals keeping the project cohesive and engaging. From Boy-1da’s hypnotic and deep “M.F.T.R.” to Timbaland’s bizarrely sparse yet clean “Got ‘Em Covered,” the album, a prequel to the upcoming King Push, maintains a thick sonic darkness and bleakness throughout. Lyrically, Pusha T is consistently tight with subject matter ranging from the rap game to the drug game, all rife with memorable punchlines and similes. Lines like “I’m the L. Ron Hubbard of the cupboard” will have you consistently scrunching up your face and nodding with the beat. If this is just a prelude of things to come, we can expect big things from King Push.
Trial Track: “M.F.T.R.”