The wait is almost over. After a few production delays, Pusha T stopped by “RapFix Live” on Thursday to announce he had a won’t-move release date for his long-awaited solo debut, My Name Is My Name.
“My Name Is My Name is dropping October 8, for sure,” Push said during his appearance on the show, which has been airing live from the Barclays Center as part of our weeklong “VMA All Access” live stream.
After reliving how he “blacked out” during one of his two iconic MTV VMA performances, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper revealed that Kanye West’s approach to executive-producing MNIMN and, of course, difficulties with sample clearances, are what led to the project getting pushed back from its most recent July release date.
“Album’s finished, album’s amazing,” the Virginia native said. “It’s been a lot of the talk of the pushbacks and so on and so forth, but that’s out of my control,” he added. “And it don’t matter ’cause my dope don’t spoil, like it really doesn’t. My dope don’t spoil.”
When pressed, Pusha — known for his brand of lyrically potent street pathos — divulged that in addition to making sure the LP was “right in his eyes,” Yeezy was responsible for producing five tracks. The remaining songs on the Def Jam set are produced by Pharrell Williams, Don Cannon, Swizz Beatz, The-Dream and … actor Joaquin Phoenix, who delivered the soundscape for a “serious” track called “King Push.”
Guest features on the album include G.O.O.D. labelmates Big Sean, 2 Chainz and ‘Ye, as well as Young Jeezy, Future, Rick Ross, Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown and the self-proclaimed “King of NY,” Kendrick Lamar
“I’m so confident in my music, so confident in the product that I made,” he said. “I told y’all a long time ago: I’mma have the album of the year.”
Pusha then passed the microphone to legendary BK Hip Hop Week guests Lil Cease and Junior M.A.F.I.A., who recounted their experiences in the rap game in the mid-’90s. Biggie’s old crew even spit a few bars from their upcoming mixtape tentatively titled, Still Ridin’ For the King. Keep it locked to the All Access stream every day until Saturday as we kick off “RapFix Live” at 5 p.m. ET on allaccess.mtv.com.