[artist id="1712173"]Pusha T[/artist] is getting over any trepidation he had before the release of his [article id="1660332"]Fear of God mixtape[/article]. On June 21, the younger member of heralded Virginia rap duo the Clipse will release Fear of God 2: Let Us Pray, an EP version of his tape.
The eight-track EP is set to feature bonus material, surprise guests and is being released in a partnership between G.O.O.D. Music and Re-Up Gang via Decon Records. Push A Ton first announced the news on Monday via Twitter as he dropped the video for the Hitboy-produced "My God."
Fear of God is [article id="1660332"]Pusha T's first solo[/article] venture and he told MTV News about the set's objectives before its release.
"I came up with the title because that's what I intend to evoke out of the competition, lyrically, the fear of God," Pusha told us. "At the same time, when I started the mixtape and realized that my brother wasn't there with me the whole way, I sort of felt the fear of God myself."
[article id="1657692"]Malice, the other side of the Clipse[/article] equation, is not part of the G.O.O.D. Music roster but has been busy promoting his just-published book, "Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked."
However, Pusha confirmed that a new Clipse album will be forthcoming, but only after his solo offerings have dropped as well as a new Re-Up Gang mixtape titled Long Live the Cane. The time was just right for a Pusha solo project. "I think everything is about timing," Pusha said.
"We've always been trying to stay true to what the Clipse wanted, then we also had the Re-Up Gang projects that we always been working on as far as the mixtapes and the streets and Ab-Liva. I just think it's time now."
Clipse and Re-Up Gang fans need not worry about Pusha softening up his style now that he's asserting himself as a soloist and in league with Kanye West and company. "G.O.O.D. Music and Kanye in particular, he definitely wants me to be me and that's what I bring to the G.O.O.D. Music fold," Pusha said. "Everybody on G.O.O.D Music has their own specific lane and mine is definitely going to be street hip-hop to the core."
Pusha has already started preparing his proper solo debut album, due sometime in the fall. "We got five joints, Kanye West-produced, amazing, amazing records,"
Pusha said. "Only thing we don't have is the title yet."
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