Pusha T, who is readying the October 8 release of his new album My Name is My Name, recently spoke about one of the project's songs, "S.N.I.T.C.H." The rapper addressed this while speaking about his favorite drug-related movie, 2001's Blow.
"Blow is probably my favorite drug movie, 'cause Blow to me, reminds me a lot of how I rap," Pusha T said during a recent interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106. "You can't just get [one] side of the dope culture, just like, 'Aw, man, it's Benzes and chains and women. That's it.' Blow showed a conscious side with his love for his daughter and the letdown of that and the letdown of betrayal and trusting and really moving towards getting out the game.
"But you know, when you're in anything, it's always easy to dabble back in it and be like, 'Alright, I'ma do it this one last time,' and it showed you that one last time is never always really a good joint," Pusha T continued. "I got a record on the album that Pharrell produced. It's the acronym 'S.N.I.T.C.H.' and the acronym stands for 'Sorry Nigga, I'm Trying to Come Home.' The record is probably my favorite record on the album and it's strong because it came from a real conversation. I got a phone call one day from a good friend of mine, somebody I've known for years. He's in jail and he basically called me to tell me. 'We're never going to speak again. We're never going to speak again and never talk to him ever again.' He was saying this because he made the decision that he was going to turn over and tell.
Pusha T Explains Pharrell's Involvement In "S.N.I.T.C.H."
"People don't know that me and Pharrell were childhood friends," Pusha added. "So I got off the phone and I called him. I was like 'Yo, let me tell you what happened to me. Such and such just called me and he said this to me. Tell me, am I reading this right? Am I tripping? Am I wrong? Am I dumb? Am I crazy? Am I stupid?' I'm like, 'Help me out.' And he was like, 'No, that's what he's telling you. He's telling you don't ever speak to him again and you'll never speak to him again and this is why.' So he was like, 'That's a song.' And then two weeks later he calls me and he was like, 'Man, I got it.' And he was like, 'The song's called "Sorry Nigga, I'm Trying to Come Home."' And then he was like, 'You're not thinking' and I was like, "Alright, that's cool. I can write it.' And he was like, 'Yeah, but it's "S.N.I.T.C.H." That's the acronym for "S.N.I.T.C.H."' I was like, 'Man you great.' I was like, 'You are great. You are like the man, yo.' So, he kills this record, man."
Pusha T said that the song is authentic and that he hopes to hear more sincerity from rappers when they discuss street-based topics in Rap.
"We were talking about Blow and talking about my favorite drug movie," Pusha T continued. "I don't want to hear any more Rap albums or any more rappers talking about the culture, the life, without talking about the reality of it. 'Cause I feel like I just gave something so real. Come on, you've got to give me the other side. You've got to, man. And it's like, I feel like that's the win. That's what people are going to dial into. That's what's real to me. When I tell people, 'This shit is real,' it's so real. Man, I take losses. I lose. I lose friends. I lose everything, a lot. I lose morals and the principles that I think people have and so on and so forth. People need to sort of understand. I get a phone call like that. I'm not mad at them. He called me. What I'm saying is, I wasn't angry when he called me or anything. I'm thinking I'm about to just talk to somebody. He's telling, 'Yo, we're never going to talk again, jack. So I'm just letting you know, it is what it is man, I just can't do it. We never gonna talk again. So even if I ever call, just don't talk. You don't need to talk to me.'..It's sort of crazy. But that's the reality of the record, and that's just the reality."
In September, Pusha T spoke exclusively to HipHopDX about this song.
"I have a song produced by Pharrell called 'Sorry Nigga, I'm Trying to Come Home,'" Pusha T said in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "The acronym for that is S.N.I.T.C.H. I personally don't really want to hear anymore one-dimensional street raps. This is probably the most poignant record on my album. It's the realest record. It just speaks from the perspective of knowing people who've turned over in the game. No rapper talks about that. Every rapper makes you feel like...they don't know anybody [who has become a police informant] or [that] anybody in their crew hasn't turned over...Everybody else gonna make you think that, 'Yeah, we was doin' this. We was doin' that, and we got rich and there was no hiccups.' And there's been hiccups."