We’ve heard G.O.O.D. Music camp members Consequence, Kid Cudi and Big Sean talk about their family’s grand scheme of making September 14 “G.O.O.D. Music Day.” Kanye West and his three signees are all supposed to drop albums that day. But will there be another name added to the fold? The Clipse’s Pusha T is putting out his first solo mixtape, The Fear of God, that day as well, raising speculation that he’s doing it as part of the Louis Vuitton Don’s roster.
“That’s just a good day,” Pusha told MTV News on Wednesday night in New York at an EA Sports event to promote the game “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.”
“A great day for music, but it’s a ’good’ day,” he said, slyly repeating the word. “I mean, you know. I been to Hawaii. Hawaii is a nice place. Good music is made down there, ya know. So, yeah, I was there. I can’t say too much about that. I think everybody’s gonna be in for a big surprise. A very big surprise.”
Hawaii, of course, has been the primary location where Kanye has been making albums for the past several months with his roster of artists. When Pusha was asked straight up if he is signing with West, he answered with a grin, “Who’s to say, man? But the Pusha T solo album is definitely coming out.”
His LP won’t be out until February at the earliest. Right now, the focus is on The Fear of God. The VA native is recording both projects simultaneously however.
“I just feel like, you know, everybody’s waiting on it,” Pusha said about going solo. “I think it’s time to expand the Re-Up Gang brand. The only way to do that is expand the music. Make the music more diverse. They been seeing the Clipse for a little while. We got our own different perspectives. Myself and Malice. It’s good. It’s good for us to do this and show the world just how our minds work.”
Asked to explain why the mixtape is called The Fear of God, he replied, “I feel like a lot of MCs are scared of it. A lot of MCs are scared of a solo project from an MC such as myself. I believe that. I was writing and I felt like, ’Woooo. I’m gonna invoke the fear of God in these people.’ ”
Push already put out two freestyles in the last few days, “Dearly Beloved” and “Bidding War.”
“If you haven’t heard it, it’s called ’Bidding War,’ ” he explained of the latter, where he raps over the beat of Jay Electronica’s “The Ghost of Christopher Wallace.” “Just a day. A day in the studio. It’s a lot going on in my mind right now. The music is flowing, the rhymes is flowing, and you’re gonna keep hearing from me. I’m feeling like a rapper right now. … I haven’t felt like that in a long time in my career. I’m feeling like that. That’s where I am. Let’s go play.”
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