With Kanye West already on board for Pusha T’s solo debut, the Virginia emcee has also enlisted the assistance of The-Dream. Together, the three are working on Pusha’s solo album, which Pusha says he hopes will be a “classic.” Recently, Pusha spoke about his experience with both producers and shared what he’s learned from The-Dream and Kanye West.
“I’ve learned so much about song structure from Dream and I’ve learned so much from ‘Ye about finding the most colorful parts of your rhymes, editing it down and making sure, like, all the best parts of the rhyme are right in your face. I’ve just totally taken this [attitude of] sitting back and absorbing everything they say,” Pusha told MTV. “Sometimes [a track is] wrong. Sometimes it’s over-rapped and [The-Dream] will tell you, ‘Nah, stay right here. Stay within these lines, in these perimeters right here.’ This sh– is school, man; it’s real live school to me.”
The-Dream also shared his take on their work together, adding that he’s trying to get Pusha to make music that makes the listener feel like a “superhero.”
“It has a lot to do with what we want to hear, so it wasn’t [like I wouldn’t] allow Pusha to get off on rapping,” Dream clarified. “We just need [him] to be this guy for us right now, because I need that music in my car. I’m R&B, but I grew up on Bankhead and I was riding around with UGK in my car, so I know what that real shit is. I know how it makes you feel like a superhero…You look over in my car — I’m mean-mugging you, you mean-mugging me, and I got Pusha in my deck. That’s how I want to feel. And so I was just providing that feeling, I just wanted to capture it in each song. We need [him] to say this because [he’s] talented enough to do it.”
“At the end of the day, we’re trying to make classic material,” Pusha went on. “Everybody who’s here is tuned into this project — period. It’s about being cohesive, and cohesive musicality is just not happening right now.”
Pusha and Kanye are naturally also currently a part of the G.O.O.D. Music project. Pusha and The-Dream also recently talked about their collaborations for this album and explaiend how they linked up.
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