The conversation surrounding Pusha T’s long-awaited debut album, My Name Is My Name, is starting to pick up as the original targeted release date of July 16 came and went.
Sitting down with Vibe after Saturday’s Hennessy VS Lollapalooza after-party, the G.O.O.D. Music artist explained the pushback with one of the reasons being a beat he received from labelmate Kanye West.
“When I turned it in in June, he gave me probably two or three new beats,” Pusha said. “One of those beats was from Joaquin Phoenix, and it’s probably gonna be … I want it to be the intro to my album.”
Pusha recalls how he got the beat from Kanye, explaining that hoped ‘Ye wasn’t just taunting him with it.
“When I heard it, I knew it was mine, man,” he said. “Soon as I heard it I was like, ‘Listen, I hope you’re not playing this for me to show me how good this beat is.’ And of course, I ended up with it.”
In 2010, Phoenix attempted a rap career, which was filmed for the Casey Affleck-directed mockumentary, I’m Still Here. His career was never serious and an album never surfaced.
Pusha T recently re-stated that he will have the best rap album to drop in 2013. “I’ve heard a lot of them,” he said. “And mine is better. [Laughs].”
Watch the full new segment with Pusha T below (via Vibe):