They still haven't made an official announcement, but for all intents and purposes, can we just acknowledge that Pusha T is at least part of Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music family?
Several weeks ago, Push danced around the subject, saying, "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."
On Friday (September 10), Mr. West dropped the latest offering from his G.O.O.D. Friday movement, also called "G.O.O.D Friday." The song features Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Common, Charlie Wilson and ... Pusha T.
"As 'Ye flips the piano, the mood swings like the change of a channel," Pusha raps on the record. "He's heating up like they wrapped him in flannel. Selling kilos through your iPod Nano."
Cudi sings, "I know the city getting ready for me," while Common is also right in pocket with lyrics such as: "I'm in thinker mode/ Eyes load, I let the sky hold the thoughts." Common and West exchange bars at the beginning. Big Sean talks about his exploits with some fast women.
Aside from the new song, there was also that Pharrell co-sign of Push heading to 'Ye's label. "I think that's gonna be amazing," Pharrell said. "[Pusha] had been working with 'Ye. I told him, 'You should do that.' We made a lot of great records together, and we'll continue to make great records. I want him to grow and get other experiences out in the world. He's gotta figure that out. He's gotta go out there and see it. Make no mistake, lyrically, that kid is one of the greats — him and his brother. Lyrically, those guys are really serious. They're well-respected by all of the good dudes. Jay-Z loves them, T.I., Jeezy loves them. All of your favorite rappers, they appreciate a Pusha line or a Malice line. They do. I'm saying with respect for all those artists — I work with those artists. I know the conversations we had. They like what they do. It's been a long time coming for Pusha and what it is he's trying to do. He's gonna get it. And Malice too."
Oh, and Kanye shouted Pusha out onstage during his remarkable Rosewood private show in New York last month.
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