Pusha T Details His Favorite Hip Hop Tracks Over The Years

As part of Pitchfork's 5-10-15-20 series, the Clipse member sounds off on what he was listening to at different intervals in his life.

Pusha T is the latest artist to participate in Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20 interview series, which probes musicians about the tunes they were blasting at certain five year intervals in their lives.

For his first pick, Pusha cites U.T.F.O.’s hit “Roxanne, Roxanne” which brought back childhood memories of visiting his grandmother in the Bronx. “U.T.F.O. was one of my first  brushes with rap that I could comprehend,” he said. “Me and my brother used to break dance to 'Roxanne, Roxanne' in Virginia.”

Eric B. and Rakim’s "Paid in Full" made the cut—“When you get into Rakim and MCM jackets and Air Force Ones and Kangols and drug dealers on the back of the album, that was exposing a whole different world”—along with Mobb Deep’s infamous “Shook Ones Pt. II.”

One of the Clipse’s earliest hits “Grindin” also appeared on the list, accompanied by an admission that Jay-Z almost swiped the beat from Pharrell. “When he made the 'Grindin'' beat, he called me and said, 'If you don't come over and take this beat, I'm going to give it to Jay-Z.' I didn't know where to come in on the beat. But I wrote three raps for 'Grindin',' and the last one stuck. We totally knew it was going to be the song we put out first; we believed it was the gospel.”

The group’s third album, 2006’s Hell Hath No Fury, made the list in its entirety. “I made the best album of my life with Hell Hath No Fury,” Pusha said. “It was so perfect. I don't know if I'll ever make an album as good.”

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  • Anonymous

    rakim most over rated in history! Sure back then he was alright but when I hear he is greatest all time i laugh!

  • Cal_Vindicate

    Hell Hath No Fury was that fire though, he probably will never be able to touch that. Nice to see him acknowledge that too

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  • Mu

    The Clipse rarely get brought up in conversations about consistently hot albums, but they should be. They're gonna be one of those groups that people who slept will look back years from now and say "How the fuck did I miss THESE niggas!" HHNF is a notch below classic status IMO, but don't get me wrong, it's clearly one of the best albums to come out in the last decade.

  • Anonymous

    i like pusha but yall talkin classic..? if clipse/pusha has made a classic wat do we call get rich or die tryin or hell on earth or all eyes on me.. wat do we call those albums cus no way has pusha or clipse made a classic

    • P

      Hell Hath No Fury was definitely blazing certified underground classic cuz i didn't move that money units. But the three that u listed are classics in my mind too. All four are timeless to me

  • Leonard

    This motherfucker Roamin is ruining music man. Hes just trying to brainwash people into thinking they gotta join the army or buy products, meanwhile hes some junkie like Kurt Cobain. Wtf check this fucked up shit out http://www.datpiff.com/ROAMIN-I-Am-A-Hoax-mixtape.245891.html

  • Sergiz

    if hes not gona top Hell Hath No Fury, then y is he relevant? I was a big fan 2

  • Your Inner Child's Pedophile

    Hell Hath No Fury was a good and very cohesive album, but not a classic by any means.

  • khordkutta

    Gotta go back and listen, but from what i recall Hell was damn near classic material. Dudes elevated on the rhymes and some of the production on there...keys open, chinese new year.

  • G-zus

    Yessir! Hell hath no fury is one of my favourite album. YES, CLASSIC. Almost a metaphor per line. Swag for ages. Dark Neptunes beats. I would agree that it might take time to appreciate it. I wouldn't agree if you tell me it is not a classic.

  • Dick Tony

    HHNF was a beast, I'm not sure that Pusha is ever gonna top it, especially not as a solo artist.

  • Stacy

    Hell Hath No Fury was the truth. Not popular, but still a classic.

  • H-Town

    Pusha, if you think you can't make album better than Hell Hath No Fury, then you shold quit... That album was aiight, but not classic. And we know you CAN make classic!

    • ill

      So every rapper's goal is to make a classic dready boy. what is a classic album to you?? And hip hop is not like sports fall of fame. Sports hall of fame is based on concrete stats. Music is based on asethetic preference.

    • natty dread

      it does matter to us what's a classic and what's not...because that is or should be every rap artist goal...to make a classic...every sport has a hall of fame...rap is no different boy george.

    • ill

      that boy George the truth

    • George Lafflin

      what the hell difference does it make if it is a classic if someone enjoyed it? who gives a crap what anyone else thinks. you people worry about labels too much. if its classic to you thats all that matters

    • nixnox

      you reaching if you callin that album classic...

    • bhikku@yahoo.com

      Fuck you talking about? That album was a motherfucking classic. Get yourself to an ear doctor.

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