Pusha T Says That He Feels Like A "New" Artist

Pusha T also discusses how he's prepping for the release of his full-length solo debut.

Pusha T has been hard at work on his upcoming full-length debut, slated for release on Def Jam in early 2013. Talking with Pitchfork, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper explained why he's taking a bit of time dropping the project, stating that he wanted to build his name as a solo emcee first and that he feels like a "new" artist.

"All of this is about timing and prepping the public. I feel like when people first heard my sound on G.O.O.D. Music, they were like, 'Oh man, you need to drop an album now!'" he said. "But I treated my progress like a totally new artist: I wanted to be on records, drop a mixtape, do virals, and go on the road for records that don't really have a true body of work to attach themselves to. I want people to delve into what the hell I'm doing, the purity of the rap. I wasn't going to be arrogant, like, "Man, y'all know me!" They don't. I mean, some people do, but a lot don't."

He said that a new generation is discovering his music as a solo artist, and that collaborations with artists like Tyler, The Creator helped introduce him to a new audience.

"It's funny, my godson is 12, and when 'Trouble On My Mind' came out, his friend said to him,  'Tyler's with this new dude called Pusha-T-- and he got busy on that record!' It was the awakening of awakenings. Like, I am 10 years strong in this shit! But I am new. That's exactly why you must respect the game and give so much: records, freestyles, collaborations. You have to."

Read the full interview at Pitchfork.com.

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23 Comments

  • Anonymous

    "you cant drop out in middle school" Unless your school had bars and armed guards, of course you could.

  • BP

    I respect a humble nigga like that considering The Clipse went platinum at some point

  • best voice

    angry pusha sounds best. one of the best voices in hip hop. drake, j coole and kendrick lamar sounds lame as fuck their voices are straight garbage.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking the same thing....but Drake's Voice is garbage. I think it's more of the engineering of his sound than anything. They seem to remove a certain frequency from his voice during mixing and he comes off sound lame.

    • ETK

      nigga how are you gonna rate fucking voices? it's about what they spit about and you hurtin' about how they sound like? your voice probably sound like the squeaky voice guy from the simpsons

  • Barack Obeezy

    I've known about Clipse but to me he's still having nice bars even though he isn't "relevant" (if being relevant means shouting out a certain phrase three times or more). I support the nigga.

  • BLACK

    I DONT KNOW ABOUT PUSHA...HIS MUSIC HAS BEEN BORING ME LATELY...LIKE, WE ALL KNOW HE'S NICE, BUT HIS MUSIC IS MISSING THE IT FACTOR

    • BLACK

      OF COURSE I FUCK WITH CLIPSE, I AINT ONE OF THEM 15 YR OLDS ON THIS SITE...I'M JUST NOT FEELING HIS MUSIC LIKE THAT LATELY, HE GOT NICE BARS BUT I NEED HIM TO SWITCH UP THE FLOW SOMETIMES AND PICK HARDER BEATS...AND QUIT DOING SHITTY COLLABS

    • Anonymous

      He's been doing good, he has Tic Tock, which is amazing, he has his records With good music, He has his records from the past alongside Malice. He's good. If you've been unimpressed or are just venting on here late at night then check out the shit he's put out recently . It's well worth it. He is consistent and has been for the past ten years, but has still manage to keep it fresh, whether or not that's out of humility is beyond the point, but he has been consistent, which is what he suggests, through the article. I like Pusha and I'm one of the dudes that's been excited to hear something that is exclusive to him, lengthy, an album in it's entirety.

  • Anonymous

    steadily killing rap for years now

  • Age

    Dumbs fucks like you all on here talking about the man's age is one of the main reasons that hiphop doesn't progress. Who gives a fuck about age? If a nigga is ill the nigga is ILL. Rock fans don't give a fuck about age, neither do R&B fans, nor Country and etc. If a nigga is spitting hot lyrics and making good music then age is irrelevant. But you dumb niggas well learn when you get up in age...hopefully.

    • Decatur ATL BOI

      I concur, but you have to remember that in dealing with hip hop, the majority of of the listeners are ignorant so ignorant statements are bound to be said.

  • Anonymous

    "yo drake was a stan when he was in middle school" Drake didn't go to middle school either. He's giving serious thought to re-enrolling.

  • Anonymous

    this is nigga has no solo albums.... he is new!

  • Anonymous

    hE IS FUCKING GOOD

  • Anonymous

    He can feel like he's the next Jay Z, but fact is most know The Clipse, and have routinely ignored this guy's music for years.

    • JAY

      Quit hating u fag that nigga got that fire and u sitting at ya computer working ya little bs min wage job talking about a nigga that got more guap in his pocket than u have in both ya bum ass accounts give respect and u might be blessed bye fag lol.

  • Anonymous

    Isn't he like 35 or 36 lol

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