It’s entirely possible 2014 is the year of the follow-up. There’s more than a few solo efforts that premiered last year to critical acclaim that are getting the sophomore treatment, and thus, are subject to the sophomore jinx. Of course there’s Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city, A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live.A$AP, and French Montana’s Excuse My French, but all of those guys are relative new jacks compared to “King Push.” Appropriately, King Push is both a moniker for the beloved VA rapper and the name of the hotly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s My Name Is My Name, and as usual, the stakes have been ratcheted up a full league higher for the second solo effort than they were for the first.

Fair or unfair, we judge artists by the veracity of their second solo presentation. Did they stick to their signature sound or did they improve upon it? Did they take any chances? It proves that the first great album wasn’t a fluke, and although Push was one half of the VA supergroup the Clipse, two great solo records puts you in line to be in a different conversation with different Rap company altogether.

So in an age where brand integrity trumps artistry, Pusha T has stayed strangely authentic while winning over the wider listening public through sheer force of Rap will. It’s been fascinating to watch as he opens up to high fashion while spitting the most ruthless and multi-varied rhymes of his career. And he just continues to expand his sound through songs like “Blocka” and “Nosetalgia into “40 Acres,” which featured The-Dream and a more somber and emotional King Push ready to show there’s levels involved in taking the throne. As such, Pusha has a few king-sized thoughts in mind for the next chapter to the story of one of the most interesting Rap careers of our generation.

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