Pusha T - My Name Is My Name

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"My Name Is My Name" displays the skillful lyricism to help Pusha T attain more mainstream recognition, but it often comes up short on the production front.

Overt egocentricity seems to run rampant within the G.O.O.D. Music family. As the release date for the frequently delayed My Name Is My Name crept closer, Pusha T held no qualms about prematurely naming it album of the year and boasted, “There is no production in the world that is better than this album.” Even the almighty Yeezus—who recorded with him in Paris—made a rare exception to evangelize the accomplishments of his colleague during his “Everything is Pusha T” rant at a New York listening session.

Since basking in the limelight with mentor Kanye at the 2010 VMAs, the king of the coke flow has continued to relentlessly fight for respect as a solo artist while rising to fame as one half of Virginia duo The Clipse. With an acclaimed verse on “I Don’t Like” and three mixtapes including “Fear Of God” and “Wrath Of Caine” under his belt, his first studio effort, My Name Is My Name offers Pusha the chance to capitalize on the increased visibility that Clipse’s aborted Jive deal never afforded him. My Name Is My Name’s displays of skillful lyricism will help Pusha finally attain spots on hottest emcee lists and be praised by Rap aficionados ‘til the casket drops. However, it comes up short making a case for album of the year, and a good portion of the problem lies on the production front.

During the ardent opener “King Push,” he commands attention spitting, “This is my time, this is my hour / This is my pain, this is my name, this is my power, ” over a haunting drumline with ad-libs that sound borrowed from the same sped up vocal sample found near the end of “New Slaves.” His flow appears effortless over the beat reportedly supplied by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich’s son (courtesy of Joaquin Phoenix).

The thin line that separates glorifying a life of crime from reflecting on it has usually been decided by Pusha’s ability to talk about the mind state that goes into consciously choosing the street life. At his best, he’s done this, articulated how vapid the spoils can be or had Malice to balance him out. This time around, Pusha reflects on his escape from the drug game and its often-inevitable imprisonment on the Kanye and Hudson Mohawke produced “Hold On,” with the following bars:

“Painted my heart, it’s as black as my skin / They tippin’ the scales for these crackers to win / No readin’ no writing, made a savage of men / They prayin’ for jail, but I mastered the pen / Descended from kings, we at it again,” he emotes over somber piano chords.

Given that My Name Is My Name is Pusha T’s platform for rhyming over top-notch soundscapes, it’s unfortunate that a lot of the production doesn’t compliment his flow. “40 Acres”—produced by The-Dream and Rico Beats—sounds like a better fit for an easy-listening station. Pusha is on point with the social commentary, but the combination of the slow tempo, sparse keys and pulsating synths is just a poor match. And that’s a shame considering how great the chemistry between Pusha T and The-Dream was on “Dope Chick” and “Exodus 23:1.”

On the R&B infused track “Let Me Love You,” Pusha takes a page from Ma$e’s rhyme book and emulates his trademark flow from “What You Want.” At times, his voice is so uncannily similar to that of the former Bad Boy emcee, one might expect Total to join in on the hook instead of Kelly Rowland.  

A trio of high-profile tracks near the end of MNIMN offer the best of both worlds in terms of Pusha T catering to the Top 40 crowd and still supplying the uncut raw fans expect. “Nosetalgia” offers the dual perspective of Pusha reminiscing about hustling with clever crack metaphors while Kendrick Lamar weighs in on the difficulties of witnessing his family caught in the eye of the ‘80s drug storm. The near-perfect contrast is complimented by a forbidding Nottz beat that samples BDP’s “The Bridge Is Over.” And long-term friend and collaborator Pharrell evokes the glory days of Star Trak on both “Suicide” and “S.N.I.T.C.H.”—with the former showcasing the kind of subliminal jabs the younger Thornton brother has been throwing for the better part of three years.

Sadly these moments are inconsistent and broken up by generally ill-fitting production. This is particularly troubling since it was a fair assumption that Pusha’s inclusion into the G.O.O.D. Music fold would provide more moments like “New God Flow,” “Runaway” and “So Appalled.” Instead, you can make a solid argument that G.O.O.D. Music Member Hudson Mohawke’s contributions are some of the album’s most sonically detracting. With an accumulation of gritty street tracks, Pusha T delivers “unpolished” and “unapologetic” lyrics, but frankly, it does not live up to the hype. Fans hoping for milestone production from Kanye’s camp like “Mercy” will be left searching in vain.

316 Comments

  • Cyrus

    Totally agree, if u was born in the 70's you'll totally understand the production and appreciate Pusha's flow! It's good to hear a hip-hop album that isn't influenced by pop music, Pusha is doing his thing and it's refreshing in this day and age for hip-hop. Keep up the good work Pusha!

  • !xoble

    album of the year wish there were songs with better artists

  • Donnie

    Hip-Hop album of the year.

  • triPAUD

    I give it a 4, maybe 4.5. Solid album, one of the best of the year.

  • rumplestiltskin

    If you can't relate don't down play the the album..... I know everything he talking about so I think this a 10

  • Anonymous

    3/5.. cuz of the lame features... 2 lames and future... ugh

  • KO

    Album of the year...with No Malice Hear Ye him close behind!

  • AJ

    To knock the production on this album is absurd. Great production and Pusha can rap, could have done without The Dream and Kelly Rowland tracks, though. (4/5)

    • Anonymous

      yeah even if not every track had great production, most of them did and were above average. kinda funny for mr. staff to feel that way.

  • no

    this review is just so far from true. the production on the album is flawless. pusha kills every song. the one MAJOR flaw, which prevented me from buying this. the big issue is the excess of features, and such poor choices of them. get rid of chris brown, rick ross, the-dream, jeezy, big sean, 2chains and future and he would have deserved to have money spent on his album and this would be a contender for album of the year.

    • Anonymous

      there are a lot of vocalists features... "I'm King Push, this king push I rap nigga 'bout trap niggas I don't sing hooks" and the rap features are pretty good for the people concerned.

  • osagz

    I don't like the review: No mention of 'Sweet Serenade' feat Chris Brown and 'No Regrets' featuring Young Jeezy and Kevin Cossom which were two high points of the album. I'll give this a four. I don't agree the beats were subpar, I'll just say they were not cohesive.

  • Angela B

    People actually like this album? Seriously? Ughhh.

  • mr me too

    The reviewer who wrote this must be pretty embarrassed to take her name off of it due to the back lash. Her credibility is forever shot after this review. Every review she makes from this point forward will have to be labeled as DX staff. This is a great album.

  • Twillz

    Lyrics are dope Beats are dope The only problem with this album is there isn't many songs you could vibe with, like all of the songs were straight up dope, but barely any of the songs would fit any vibes you would be in

  • Anonymous

    My album of the year

  • DAD

    I was looking forward to this album. Then I heard 12 tracks of garbage. This album sucks

  • DrewDown91

    This review is trash. Album of 2013.

  • Easy

    4/5 The Mase song was :/

  • S

    3.5 IS A SHOCKING REVIEW... ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR!

  • Doctor Robert

    A brilliant and coherent project which showcases Kanye's talent as an executive producer and Pusha T at the pinnacle of his profession, whether it be selling coke or rapping...

  • King PC

    Whoever did this review should get slapped in the face with a brick. The production on this album is flawless. Push went in on the lyrics.

  • No Lie

    All bow to King Push!!! 4.5/5 This is without a doubt the album of the year, my main problem is "No Regrets", track is just trash, smh.

  • Demetrius Burns

    Did you listen to this album? Fuck, the production was brilliant. You're oblivious.

  • CP

    Solid LP, not bad at all, not the best I've ever heard, but I can listen to it again.

  • g.d.stubbs

    T flow icy and remorseless, in that zone with prodigy but a little less cinematic. King Push and #s are devastating joints, and Nosetalgia and SNITCH are destined for stone tablet inscription along with joints like "Nigga Ya Love Ta Hate," "Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos," "I Ain't No Joke," "Gin & Juice," "8 Steps to Perfection," "My Philosophy..." etc. But all that melodramatic autotune bullsh!t (Kanye giving birth in the background of "Hold On" and even Pharrell using it on SNITCH!!!!???) makes some joints sound worse than they actually are. Solid effort with a lot of concessions to modern music marketing.

  • Nas

    best album 2013 ... couple of songs ruined by idiot like no regrets and who I am .... other then that amazing ... Personal favorite : S.N.I.T.C.H ... 40 Acres ... Hold on .... 4.5/5

  • dfr

    Bad Production ? Am i the only one that thought this was pretty well produced other then No Regrets ,Great album I fuck with basically all the songs .No Regrets Would be my least favorite but If you ignore the chorus not to bad. DOPEST Tracks imo S.N.I.T.C.H Numbers on the boards King Push Suicide Sweet Serenade Let Me Love By far one of my favorites this year 4.2/5

  • Venga

    This album is legit! Can't think of a better album, bar gkmc

  • Sum nigga

    Album is fire only thing I hated was that big sean feature that verse was embarrassing cant believe that was cleared to gon on there that nigga the woat in Detroit id rather listen to bizarre 4 maybe 4.5 outta 5

  • nothighoncrack

    im wondering if any of you have even heard the entire album before commenting...basic ass production and some dumbed down verses make this a solid 3 at best. this isnt the album of the year but it might be the most disappointing one for sure...

  • Magnum Force

    Classic D Boy shit. Fuck this reviewer. Production is sick and lyrics is sicker. Album of the year. Live up to this eminem.

  • Anonymous

    The first Food & Liquor by Lupe..ring a bell?

  • 900K

    Album is crazy I can't stop listening from the ride to the house. I can't for the life of me understand y he let BigSean on that track after hearing that verse... could've been best song on album. Also y leave off EXODUS? ??!! so what its old yrs from now u want ppl to still listen to all the bangers on here.. also millions wit ross should've been on here for same reason. .. Again fuck you big Sean for ruining my favorite song... I would've chopped chains verse in half and told Push to add 24bars.. fuckem Ye

  • Anonymous

    The production on this album is a 5/5 for sure. One of the very few qualms I have with this album is 2 Chains

  • MontyBella

    Explain yourself.

  • MontyBella

    I thought the album was stellar. Is it album of the year. Time will tell. The year is definitely not over. But it was definitely the most anticipated this year. I think majority of the album lived up to the hype. The album only had two songs I did not really care for which is rare these days for hip hop albums.

  • Jibbex

    Not really sure where the author is coming from. This is a pretty major leap forward in cohesion. For years we've had increidble production from the mainstream layer over really weak and stupid versus. And from the underground we had a lot of quality versus over very basic beats. This album is like the Wu-Tang of the early 90's and Pharell + Kanye West colliding to make a very beautiful result. Instreting review, but highly underrated.

  • pusha ton

    5 stars fuck drake fuck wayne fuck a nigga that aint ready to stab or shoot when needed cowards die in jail evil niggas run it give up praying unless u praying I don't empty a clip in ur face album is dope as fuck dx need to stop reviewing cause they stay embarrassing themselves no clue bout hip hop

  • NIGGAL

    BULLSHIT ASS REVIEW, DONT QUIT UR DAY JOB!

  • i will shoot believe that

    what a retard review no wonder she took her name off it n replaced it with dx staff

  • Blink

    I totally disagree with this review.....Pusha T is 40 plus yrs old ...this is grown folk hip hop....if you are a 70s baby you will probably think this album is hot....I think its classic...I think the beats take me back to that 90s hip hop feeling...no e pills no mollies 40s and blunts with the music playin in somebody car....this shit hot

  • Har-amgedon, G.O.D.

    Money did a good job on this, the Ma$e homage is well done, plus on 'sweet serenade' in case anyone noticed, he does a Brother J(X-clan)impersonation for a few bars. Bravo.

  • bizzalls

    They're right about the production. It's not good enough!! I mean c'mon son, he's signed to fuckin Kanye! Kanye, can't you make sure the beats are on point?! They're still good but a lot of them are just okay and sound like everything else. THAT'S why I wish The Neptunes produced the whole thing like they always have with The Clipse album, but yes, I get that this is not a Clipse album. Oh well. Best beat is "Who I Am."

  • Venga

    Disappointing review, this album is a solid debut and probably best street rap album of the 5yrs or so. Give this album 4.5/5. Contender (if not the)Album of the year in my opinion

    • blink

      you are right...great debut...I second that album of the year...its been a while since I heard an album this good

  • Your Neighborhood Pusha

    This is the predicted album of the year. I love the execution of the rhymes and the beats. However Eminem is coming out next month.....

  • Dame dash

    Great album!!!!! album of the year. Great idea only having 12 songs he leave u wanting more

  • buuda

    hiphop album of the year,yeauggh!

  • Anonymous

    A very hit and miss album. Dope Tracks: - Numbers on The Boards - Hold On - Nosetalgia Wack Tracks: - 40 Acres - No Regrets - Let Me Love 3/5

  • Rocky Mills

    This album is dope, relax with all this unnecessary observations and opinions y'all always have to put out.. Its simple if u dnt understand what's behind something u simple say what u dnt knw abt it.. This is a 4/5 to me..

  • DNice

    Although I am a little reluctant on calling this album a classic, it is very close. I agree that there are a couple of tracks that lacked creativity on the production. You must admit that lyrically..Pusha T gets busy. 3.5 is too weak for this album. It deserves a 4.5.

  • jerry

    true on that classic comment below. We havent had a true classic since maybe graduation. A classic is a cd that you can listen to over and over again for 5 plus years and still be lovin it. My beautiful dark twisted fantasy would come close probably. This album definitely suffered from bad production, as does all of rap nowadays. Gone are the days of production like we saw on Black Album, 2001, The Documentary, etc. I am not really sure why that is..but its the case.

    • nah

      Son, Graduation?? I guess. MBDTF is a much better album imo. Plus I would say Kendrick's is pretty much perfection..I know an album needs to stand the test of time, but GKMC was pretty much flawless.

  • Bad production!?

    THe production on this album is amazing. What are you talking about? God DX you are trash. Rap Radar runs circles around your increasingly TMZ inspired website.

  • T.T

    reviewer talking out his ass about we'll be disappointed if we're looking for tracks like mercy. who's looking for tracks like mercy? everything on mnimn is better than mercy! album of the year no question. only thing even close is the j.cole

  • BRah

    really not that great..

  • Iremeole

    ....As far as I can tell the diversity of production takes us a musical trip through the past two decades from the prestige of a drug dealer all the way to Hip Hop hustler on the brink of Zeitgeist enlightenment. The production is pretty comprehensive and shows his appreciation of a number of different eras. The album manages to string together so many elements beloved from Hip-Hop, from minimalist 90's beat to theatrical good music production, R&B hooks that came out of the 90's, witty sharp lyricism, as well as an aptitude for clever story telling. And of course, the constant that ties it all together, testosterone fuelled, yet some how well collected coke raps something of a signature for the artist. To me what makes this a truly interesting listen is him drawing parallels from the gang banging lifestyle to being a hip hop mogul. The Hustle is still alive and well. One must look no further than SIMPLY the album artwork. The parallel being white albums to white kilos. The bar code indicates, hey this is just another day at work for Pusha T, whether is selling coke or albums, its much the same to him. Perhaps the only real "issue" with this LP are questionable additions of MC's; "Big Sean" and "2 Chainz" neither of which can come close to holding their own lyrically against Pusha. Both of there versus feel unintentionally awkward and slightly comical on and all but introspective and fascinating album. Yet, neither of them are truly enough to detract from the album as a whole. Surely, a classic in the making. A truly well deserved, 4.5 out of 5.

  • Gladson

    I Just read this in the comments section, and this is about as spot on as it gets: "Here's the thing though. Typically I'm wary, when artist says things like I have album of year, but in this case, the statement is 100% true. This is just about as good as gets when modern hip hop production and the 90's collide. EXCELLENT album. No joke, if you truly want to support hip hop you will pick this one up." Quality music deserves quality support.

  • swag gotti

    I mean this is just your above average hip hop, kanye shoulda produced it more, repeating the same chords over and over is in the past dawg

  • Dat dude

    It's clear HHDX jagged the review, this is what a classic Pusha T should sound like. 4/5

  • Scrilla

    Damn, y'all need to take it easy on the "Album of the Year" and "Classic". The rapping is aight, but the production is pretty half-assed on some tracks. Tracks like King Push, NOTB, SNITCH, Nosetalgia and Sweet Serenade go really hard on the beats, but then there are some rotten apples too. If you're claiming that the production is what sets this album apart from anything else in the past few years, you must either be a total fanboy/groupie , or have lived under a rock. It might have actually been on par with other great albums of the past year(s), but the production keeps it from doing so.

    • ola dioss

      this guy knows what he's talking about ^^ album isn't a classic...but the album DOES has some classic songs...King Push, Numbers on the Boards, Nostalgia those tracks a master craftsmenship

  • Dylan

    What happens when an artist fully aware of his strengths and aesthetic links up with the game's top producers. Incredible beat selection with the exception of Let Me Love You. Kanye's fingerprints are all over this LP and Pharrell comes through with two dope trap inspired beats with characteristic Neptunes' synths. Pusha T further carves out his place in the game and shows he is one of the best at what he does. (Nosetalgia and Pain are some of the best tracks of the year, Pain's beat is particularly powerful)

  • Anonymous

    TERRIBLE RATING TERRIBLE REVIEW ALBUM IS HOT! THIS IS HIPHOP

  • greezydub

    I honestly think that HipHop Dx does not know how to rate albums. Its quite sad to say this is not the best album of the year, compared to what dropped this year, its definatly the best, we can say magna carta & born sinner were also one of the best. But when it comes to the art form of hiphop Pusha's album was the best probably followed by J cole then Jay. They should have experts who make opinions about albums. Im a producer myself and have worked with some cats in the industry and sonically know album is sounding like this lets be real. I wont waste my time reading reviews from here cause clearly they dont have the right person doing them.

  • HeckBenz

    So This Is Hip Hop Now??

  • Anonymous

    Wrahhhhhh pusha t ,one of the best Rap Album this Year.

  • The review was done by Andrea Aguilar they changed it to DX staff when they realised they had fucked up bad i have to type that here cause they wont admit the mistake and remove messages of people who call them out dx have no clue what a dope hip hop cd i

    Fuck The POLICE Pusha T Album 4.5/5

    • what

      Hiphopdx don't know hiphop! They probably can't get good people to review because any selfrespecting reviewer will stay away from this site. What site rates a review of a mixtape by comparing it to ep or album qualities? A mixtape is not an attempt to make a album. That is why it is called a mixtape and not an album! This site is just off on too many aspects.

  • kaapvaal

    This is quite a bad review! The album is a hot 4.5/5 for me!

  • Rain

    You guys kinda tripping on this album rating, I've listened to this album 3 times and it's good but no classic and barely a 4 rating imo. The album starts off good then it loses steam in the middle then picks up at the end sorta. I'm a huge Clipse fan but this album could be better more dense. Let me love you and Who I am are horrible, Pusha good on them but the features fuck the songs all up especially 2 chains and Wack Sean. I'm not to sure about the concept that much either, but anyway there's plenty other albums that are better that need more attention. A lot you guys sleeping on Danny Brown album!

  • white boi 69er

    Comes up short on production? Fuck outta here with that shit, DX.

  • Xenero

    Just read this in the comments section, and this is about as spot on as it gets: "Here's the thing though. Typically I'm wary, when artist says things like I have album of year, but in this case, the statement is 100% true. This is just about as good as gets when modern hip hop production and the 90's collide. EXCELLENT album. No joke, if you truly want to support hip hop you will pick this one up." Quality music deserves quality support.

  • hardknocks

    Contender for Album of the Year.

  • DaMamba

    40 Acres sounds like a more personal track than "social commentary" yo...shows that these cats just probably listen to a song once then throw out some general terms to try and sound smart but nah. Anyhow this shit is a 4 out of 5 tho, only thing holdin it back is the overuse of features n shit.

  • wink

    ""My Name Is My Name" displays the skillful lyricism to help Pusha T attain more mainstream recognition, but it often comes up short on the production front." WHAAAAAAAT?!!??!?! This is the best collection of beats on one album since N.E.R.D. put out a 'best of...'

  • This chick?

    Horrible review. Seems like she skimmed through this one. Even after Pusha T gave her an interview for her t shine off of. Why you so mad at King Push?

  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    I'm going 4 stars with this album. It's good but not great in my opinion, mostly due to inconsistent production. Those guys at Good music sometimes "over-think" the process and just needs to keep it simple. Dope album though.

  • Picasso Micheaux

    Nosetalgia alone justifies the purchase price... Classic verses on a slick azz bed of sound...

  • Anonymous

    deserved a 4 at least, suicide tracks annoyin but pretty solid bar that 1, pretty short at 12 tracks too

  • Gavin

    Great album, bad review....

  • Greg Flores

    That's too generous.

  • James Daan

    One star at the most. MOST!

  • Rude

    Hoe ass review !!! Id say 4/5 this sh!t was nice hhdx on some hoe sh!t.

  • 5/5 !!

    No Regrets is a dope track

    • yung cut up

      definetly have to give this a real listen. the singles are nice. hope the album lives up to it. yall check out my work on youtube. search my name YUNG CUT UP im networking with everyone, holla at me

  • Anonymous

    damn Hiphopdx .. what a shitty review

  • Anonymous

    all hail king push

  • dave

    not on clipse level but still better than most this year

  • Young Guwop

    This album was better than expected.

  • ELjay

    The only good song on this album is king push.

  • Dentaldamboy

    As an accountant for YMCMB I can confirm Pusha T does not want to go to war with YMCMB. Wayne already said that if Pusha disses one more time, he will go DMX on him. The YMCMB army is built for war. Wayne a certified gangsta. He got 3 tear drops, did a bid on the island and all that. Wayne ethered rappers and even caused permanent damage to Dez Bryant's knee. Pusha is wack. All Wayne has to do is throw him a rock and Pusha will fuck his life up again!!!!!!!!!

  • astroswatiri

    Real rap, my album of the year! Should have had a couple more tracks. Favorite track is Hold on ft Ross!

  • viln

    5/5 to counteract the shitty review

  • xsyl

    You dun fucked up HHDX. This was really a terrible review. You criticize the production, yet the only example you give is of 40 Acrs(which is nowhere near as terrible as you describe it). This reads like a 5 minute write-up. Terrible journalism. Album on the other hand is phenomenal, 4.5/5 easy

  • Anonymous

    The album is a 4. Im a fan of Pusha T and Im from VA! Lyrically the album was nice but the album did lack on the production side. Unlike what Pusha T said prior there isn't many tracks that you would "ride" to.

  • n0ez

    This Album was fire! Pusha did his thaaaaaaang...

  • Anonymous

    if pusha reads this review...know from the fans this album is fire!

  • Anonymous

    dx is tripping on this one! at least a 4star.... who the fuck does some of these reviews??

  • Pill Clinton

    Except for that Kelly Rowland joint massively disrupting the dark and brooding tone of the record, shit's straight fire. fam.

  • HHDX

    The pitchfork.com raview has way more info about the Pusha T's career, this album's incpetion, the production, cameos and samples. HiphopDX must've spent 10 minutes on this review. Garbage.

  • Hunter

    Half a star better than MMG and half a star less than Drake? No more words are needed.

  • jjthaInnaPrize

    Album of the year is PWOWR and yall don't have your ear to the street if you disagree...What you forgot because it came out in January and set the bar so high no other rapper could hop anywhere near it much less over it...Get the PWOWR and hear the angels come...PWOWR on top of everything. Maybe yall should stop hibernating. This ain't some jarule troll or some hip hop stan this the only InnerPrizing 1 who can't believe this album was overlooked. Brilliantaire alone slaughters every track on Magna Carta and though I dig MNIMN even more than Jay's album it doesn't have enough power to top PWOWR...get right with this album of the year shit why y'all think that cuz he said it in an interview?

    • Doublespeak

      Killah Priest stay dope ever since he dropped Heavy Mental. I don't care what anyone says, Beyond The Stained Glass is fucking ill. And you're right about PWOWR, that shit crazy hard.

    • Optimus Rhyme

      No doubt bro. It is frustrating when something that good doesn't get any recognition. It's sad times when an album like Yeezus is the standard this year. Everytime a mainstream album is released you see a bunch of people in the comment section saying "This shit is better than Yeezus". Well, yeah, just about anything is better than that album. Sad. If it's something not in your face 24/7, people are too lazy to seek anything else.

    • jjthaInnerPrize

      Damn right Optimus...but to the others that's what I'm talking about right there. You have to have your ear to the street to pick up on the vibrations of the unsung masters nahmean. No, Killah Priest isn't going to be on MTV spring break 2014, No, he ain't going to be in a BET cypher (unfortunately), No, Priest isn't going to be hitting the Billboard...but none of that can change the fact that the man brought a masterpiece out with PWOWR. 41 tracks of lyrical genius and top tier production. No, NoID, Lex Luger, Dr. Dre, ain't on there (RzA is though), and you won't hear it in a club unless you on a certain street in Brooklyn. You won't hear it on the radio. You won't see the video on TV. If you don't have your ear to the street, you won't hear the album at all and you'll be googling it. No disrespect, I'm glad you looked it up, now give it a listen. Check Brilliantaire on youtube, check L-thianine, check the man's resume and repertoire and tell me PWOWR isn't the best thing hitting this year. 12 tracks with people singing hooks and GOOD Music hype album of the year does not make. Pusha has some dope songs on the album, no pun intended, but in comparison to what Priest gave hip hop, the shit aint even a breeze to make a candle flicker.

    • Optimus Rhyme

      Priest's PWOWR album is also the album of the year for me. Super slept on. Great double album. It pretty much kills all the shit put out by all the "hot list" rappers.

    • JRich

      That's a Killah Priest album...and I had to google that shit just to figure it out. Idk what street you have your ear to...but it's most likely an imaginary one, because it isn't the mid-90's and no one cares about new Killah Priest.

    • Afghan Jesus

      What the hell is PWOWR?

  • Production waht

    Besides the song with future.

  • wstr

    3.5? No way, definitely better than that. 4.5 if not 5. And I was not expecting this at all after not liking his most recent mixtape.

  • s23

    Best album of the year. hands down. king push.

  • obye

    Dope ! Gangsta Rap is Back !

  • Broodjekaas

    This is just sad. That this review is written by the staff says it all, they don't know music. I seriously starting to think that this website is run by a couple of kids. Probably never listened to got it 4 cheap mixtapes. I advise them to listen to hell hath no fury (oneof the most critically acclaimed albums of de last decade) and learn something about beats.

  • Mr. Tibbs

    Pusha T came correct on this one from start to finish. This album is the best release of the year right under Hova. Tell me I'm lying. 1. Magna Carter 2. My Name is My Name 3. Drake 4. J. Cole 5, Big Sean 6. Yeesus 7. Wale

    • Mr. Gibbs

      And if you go to the Czarface review on this site on page 3 you will see my review. Discount Double Check!!!!!

    • Mr. Tibbs

      I'm a DJ, let's get that out the way and I'm not a press play cat. I have done sets with DJ Skribble. That's my credibility of music boy, and to not acknowledge that there are layers of hip-hop commercial, underground, hardcore, trap, emotional, then your knowledge of music is limited and wack. My list might seem shitty to you but who in this blog knows who Czareface is? It's out of place, your comment is out of place which tells me you jumped in just to try to feel superior because you don't dig commercial rappers. But now your salty because I identified your lame ass. Your comparison is like putting A Tribe Called Quest up against NWA they are too different to compare one is better. Further more if you are a hardcore NWA fan then you probably wouldn't listen to Tribe anyway. I listen to it all, I spin it all, and I love it all. Why are you even on this website? Try UGHH.com that's more to your liking.

    • Doublespeak

      Nobody is trying to out-underground you and your insecure ass. My 2 picks are the best albums of the year, underground or not. You were the one who came up with your laughably wack top 7 list so you have to take the inevitable criticism. Knowing obscure music doesn't mean you know music, and you certainly don't know your music son. If you want me to help you find your way I can make some good recommendations for you.

    • Mr. Tibbs

      Underground head. I talk 2 languages buddy and Dela Translation Lost or Robust Fillin In the Potholes are the best underground albums of the year. You probably never heard either. It's easy to talk over people's heads vs to them. And Czarface ain't even 7L's & Esoteric best work ya young whipper snapper

    • Doublespeaks

      You're lying. Czarface and 12 Reasons To Die shits on all of the above.

  • Ben

    horrible rating would say 4.5

  • Anonymous

    sick album, fucked up review tho, only 3.5? shut up!

  • Anonymous

    Fuck is this rating? It's bullshit.

  • PhuckYall

    yall are buuuuugggggin wit this rating... its at least 4.5... only jawn i skip is that "Who Am I"... he actually lived up to the hype

  • Ghetto Heisman

    CRAZY. Hip-ho album of the year was not an empty boast. Dope as F**K

  • d3

    album of the year. pusha ton. DX gives the shittiest ratings. this is the album of the year. real motherfuckin hip hop straight off the fuckin concrete my nigga. face numb

  • Anonymous

    Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that.! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaSNK0pm4eY

  • ron

    this is the best album, this site is trash, good music is good music this is rap, fuck that rnb rap stuff

    • Anonymous

      ^you absolutely are mang. cut your ears off and give em to someone that can use them

    • Franchise

      How you gonna say that when this album has PLENTY of rnb shit on it? Plus the fucking autotune moaning shit like its a Yeezus, what the fuck. I cant be the only person disappointed by this album

  • Veggeta

    Here's the thing though. Typically I'm wary, when artist says things like I have album of year, but in this case, the statement is 100% true. This is just about as good as gets when modern hip hop production and the 90's collide. EXCELLENT album. No joke, if you truly want to support hip hop you will pick this one up.

  • e

    Dx posts a Paris Hilton video and then gives this a 3.5... I'm starting to lose some respect for this site 5/5

  • nasser

    this is a very very good album

  • wow

    Many reasons for why HipHopDx is falling behind in online hip hop media, and this is just another reason. Rating an album is obviously an opinion, so you can't knock anyone's opinion, BUT if you are going to be the leader in hiphop online media then your staff's opinions need to be knowledgable enough that it represents the readers and informs them. This is just absolutely trash in taste, ear, understanding of the current hiphop landscape and relevance. To give this 3.5 and say that what held it back is the PRODUCTION (which is TOP NOTCH) is laughable. Elliot Wilson and the Rap Radar crew and the rest of the respectable and knowledgable hiphop journalists will continue to sink this brand until they make changes. Night

  • but on the real though . . .

    crenshaw > my name is my name

  • O

    This album is the rap album of the year. I knew Pusha had it but i was amazed of the flow and consistency of the album. The editor who gave it a 3.5 is crazy this is definitely a 4.5 album. Only track i wasn't feeling was the one with kelly rowland other than that i would of gave it a five. This album will make these other so called rappers step their game up!!!

  • Anonymous

    Find out when we will have a MMLP2 Tracklist here! www.eminemalbum2014.com/mmlp2tracklist.htm

  • MartyMcfly

    MNIMN is the BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR! If you consider that 90's early 2000s Hip Hop the best era of HIP HOP you can't disagree! ITS A CLASSIC only rapper to give us the STREETS genuinely in 2013!

  • 777

    "but it often comes up short on the production front" The one thing even the detractors love is the production. DX reviewer confirmed for having extra chromosome. MNIMN is AOTY.

  • Anonymous

    King Push is one of the toughest tracks I've heard in a while

  • Liymz

    I'd give it a solid 4.5 The lyricism and concepts were all top-notch. It's not a classic, but it's in the running for top 5.

  • doubleclutch95

    Great lyrics! Great production! Diverse tracks (Let Me Love You, 40 Acres, S.N.I.T.C.H.) And only a 3.5? Got the FOH!

  • Andr

    fucking dope album, great lyrics, beats were crazy actually disagree with the reviewer, better than holy fail magna carta

  • ATown

    3.5 = 70 on a scale of 0-100. Giving this a 70 is a clownish act. The production on this album tightropes between the complex and the simplistic. Sonically, the production is very very good. I don't need to mention the lyrical content. Push always delivers. His ability to flip metaphors is on par with the elite emcees.

  • Simon

    This review has made it clear that hiphopdx has no credibility and I should never take what they say seriously. Whoever reviewed it wasnt even man enough to put their name on it. Why is this one of the few reviews with no name, this was a MAJOR release and warranted a well thought out, serious, unbiased review. You shit the bed hhdx, never again....Verse for verse, track for track, only mchg, doris, and old come close to this in 2013, and im given it to push production slightly lower than mchg, lyrics better. If yeezus is a 4.5 this is a 4.7

  • junMaf*ckn

    Surprised They Didnt Talk About The Creative Concept of "SNITCH" or The Lyrics From "Pain" or "40 Acres". I Think Pusha Gon Be #1 This Week. 120,000 Sold. Album Is Solid. Album Of The Year? Hmmm.... Its Up There Wit Magna Carta. Havent Heard Drake So...

  • wouzi

    pusha ton mnimn is the album of the year. 5 stars

  • T_Treez

    This is a bad review, and this writer probably barely listened to the whole album even once and possibly only skimmed through some of the tracks in order to make his deadline. I downloaded a host of other exceptional albums that have been released over the past few weeks including this one last Thursday and I have not been able to stop listening to Pusha T's "My Name Is My Name." Almost every track is phenomenal, and I usually don't like Pusha's style at all. Pusha T holds his own lyrically through out the album, and the production isn't bad either. The only two tracks that I regard has filler are 'Let me Love You' featuring Kelly Rowland and the Future assisted, "Pain." Other than that this is a solid solo debut that showcases Pusha T's superiority among today's "Top 40" emcees. I can honestly say Yeezy's rant at the release party for "My Name is My Name" was validated after a few listens. I give it 4.5/5. P.S.- stop letting interns review your big albums DX!!!

  • Nas

    My first album had no famous guest appearances the outcome, I was crowned the best lyricist

  • Anonymous

    4.5 stars honestly, not classic but very strong

  • Dame Dash

    Great album might be the best album I heard all year. it's between that and J.Cole Born Sinner

  • Dolla

    It's a good album, but it definitely ain't a classic. It's not very refreshing, it's not the perfect depiction of an era, it's just another good album. Being at most top 5 in 2013 definitely denies this album any chance of being a classic. This ain't '88

  • zay1873

    Album of the year?...Hell yeah...like drake n Kendrick's album were better...Hell no!...only other dope album to come out this year was born sinner...no lie.

  • Anonymous

    Hard might be album of the year!!! That or J.Cole born sinner

  • Rain81

    This album was pretty good, half of the album stood out more though. I agree with the rating, Push album not on the same level as Danny Brown. Old, is in top 3 albums this year!

  • Bubba

    This album is wack! Maybe three good songs at the MOST!

  • asda

    PUSHHHHHHHH ALBUM OF THE YEAR NO DOUBT

  • samking

    Whoever reviewed this album is stupid ass hell....this album is a borderline classic, people like her are the reason we have all this weak ass s**t out now..we finally have a real n#*a in the game embrace it.

  • Emmanuel

    So this reviewer is saying I am not a Human Being is as good as this album? Trully Pathetic!

  • Dubs

    This reviewer must be on crack, 3.5? Fuck outta here. This is the album of the year, sonically and thematically cohesive, sharp lyrics, dope guest appearances, and banging beats. 5/5

  • Cell

    Here's the thing though. Typically I'm wary, when artist says things like I have album of year, but in this case, the statement is 100% true. This is just about as good as gets when modern hip hop production and the 90's collide. EXCELLENT album. No joke, if you truly want to support hip hop you will pick this one up.

  • Anonymous

    I rap niggas about trap niggas don't sing hooks. cuz im king push.

  • Gmoney

    King Push delivered it!!

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  • natey

    album was amazing some tracks are a little weak but the grow easy

  • Andrea Aguilar wrote this review then they changed it to hiphopdx staff they know they flucked up

    They will prolly remove this but neway. DX get ur review system together so many are completely wrong ur either rushing them out with out a real listen or don't know hip hop. Just look at the comments nearly all are very positive reviews hardly a troll in sight I think this should be reviewed again

  • Anonymous

    ok, this album is weak!! For someone who talks hard, he sure has a lot of fruity beats on this.

  • Albs

    http://www.metacritic.com/music/my-name-is-my-name/pusha-t

  • Anonymous

    Just bought it and i luv it wat is this 3.5 shit HipHopDX is givin it, they gave ODB a 4 wtf?

  • ADD

    MY NAME IS MY NAME 5 STARS It's a new classic.

  • pain

    boy that s.n.i.t.c.h record is my favorite so far real hood gritty street album its good to hear i think he gonna get rap album of the year on a commercial level its gonna go to Jay but i like this record better than magna carta

  • tahir

    This shit is wack. Y'all foh with this classic comments or 4.5 rating nd shit.rapping about pushing coke thru out the album is all Pusha did. It aint close to being a classic

    • Amir

      LMAO thats like saying Levi's makes to much Denim when they are a Denim Brand! Most of his songs are about coke! OF COURSE THEY ARE thats the type of rapper he is! WTF is he suppose to do start singing like drake? or say shit that Childish Gambino would? Music = Business, where Branding and target audiences matter. If you dont like his style of music go listen to something else, that better suits your taste, but dont criticize him for executing his concept correctly.

    • Cheddar

      Jay-Z has done just that for most of his career and look how far it got him. Reasonable Doubt, Black Album, Blueprint are pretty damn classic in public opinion.

    • Gevorez

      Sir, the door is to your right. Please leave. ... The Myopic viewpoint of some people.

  • Anonymous

    You know this album is fire when the majority of comments agree me myself just got it last night shit fire 4.5 best rap album yeah so far

  • Anonymous

    only problem i have is the production pusha always got some wack beats i dont care if the neptunes made it it sounds wack

  • micah dancy

    Pusha T went in on this album great from start to finish

  • Anonymous

    DX for fucks sake...

  • Greg from 207

    While I wasn't a huge fan of songs like "40 Acres" or "Let Me Love You", they weren't terrible in my opinion. I thought the production on this album was very well done and Pusha T had some incredible verses on this album. It may not be album-of-the-year in my opinion, but it definitely is in my top 5 for this year!

  • dazeone

    Yeah this jawn is crack....he wasn't lying this is arguably the best album of the year period..kendrick was dope but this is that heat...number on the boards thats all im saying

  • Fuck These dumbass 90's and millenium kids

    lol niggas saying this garbage is a classic. Probably these niggas never listen to: - Nas Illmatic - Biggie Ready To Die - BDP Criminal Minded - Ice Cube Amerikas Most Wanted - Rakim Paid in full These are classics! Beats suck on the Pusha album and he aint good enough to carry a album by his own. Album had 5/6 dope songs and the rest is forgettable you lame ass 90's and millenium kids.

    • Geffen

      You site all great albums. But I'm kind of at a loss to see how you don't appreciate this one. As far as I can tell the diversity of production takes us a musical trip through the past two decades from the prestige of a drug dealer all the way to Hip Hop hustler on the brink of Zeitgeist enlightenment. The production is pretty comprehensive and shows his appreciation of G.O.O.D., the 90s as well as R&B. Its very much a trip through a few decades through the eyes of a drug dealer. And of course, the constant that ties it all together, testosterone fueled, yet some how well collected coke raps something of a signature for the artist. Lastly, to me what makes this a truly interesting listen is him drawing parallels from the gang banging lifestyle to being a hip hop mogul. The Hustle is still alive and well. One must look no further than SIMPLY the album artwork. The parallel being white albums to white kilos. The bar code indicates, hey this is just another day at work for Pusha T, whether is selling coke or albums, its much the same to him

  • Another failure of a review

    YO couple hours ago it was reviewed by ANDREA AGUILAR now its hiphopdx staff niggas know they done fucked up This album is crack

  • mean205

    All the dog-shit rap that comes out these days and this gets a 3 1/2. I see, you're holding all the good rappers to unreasonably high standards and all the shitty rappers to unbelievably low standards.

  • Anonymous

    Garbage review. The production is nutso. Very, very good first solo album. Terrible review!

  • B.dot

    Def disagree with this one. HHDX was ready to give Yeezus the crown with a damn near 5 star rating and this 3.5??? Def 4.5 or 5 stars in my opinion!!

    • Anonymous

      Yeezus pushed the envelope it got what it deserved as a work of art. Now as a purely rap album no so much lol

  • Anonymous

    B.S. I thought the production was on point and the lyrics were somewhat recycled. Overall a pretty good album. 3.5/5

  • Jay cee

    Who the fuck be rating this?? They on crack!!! 4.5/5 easy!!!

  • Anonymous

    this album is better than NWTS and HOF. IDK HOW THIS GOT GOT A LOWER RATING! AOTY.

  • Go Mets

    9.5/10 album of the year in my opinion excellent production and lyrics some of the beats don"t really suit him but he generally makes it work

  • Anonymous

    seriously, how was the production not good. king push had a dope beat and kanye also produced a couple tracks. slutty aguilera u are nuts.

  • Andrea Aguilar

    Like most bitches I shouldn't be listening to rap music let alone reviewing it. Hip Hop goes over the head of us women which is another reason why women aren't taken seriously in rap music.

  • Riz

    This review is whack, album will go down as being a classic at the end of the year, this brings me straight back to the 90's when hip hop was at its best, sick lyrics an simple beats without all the glossy production that most rappers use today to mask the fact they have no lyrical skills. I am so sick of all this back pack rap thank god something like this came out, I love rappers that paint a picture with there words an make you feel like your watching a great crime flick. Let's hope he stays at it!

    • Slickrick

      For an album that was supposed to be a classic, kind of disappointing when 2 of the 12 / 13 songs are old songs already released (Pain & Numbers on the Board) and one of the songs contains lyrics from his Funk Flex freestyle (40 Acres). I'm a big Clipse and Pusha T fan, but this isn't a classic. I was more hyped listening to Wrath of Caine mixtape than this. Some dope tracks, no doubt, but expected so much more from Pusha, or maybe he just over-hyped his own album....

  • Rickjames

    I'd rather die than go home

  • K.I.

    The nigga Push came through FOH; I can literally play this through & he even made a track 4 females that wasn't fuckin corny or had him singin on it. 5/5

  • Mrmeetoo

    Very disappointed in this review. Hiphopdx has been very inconsistent with its album reviews. I understand reviews are opinions, but fr miss aguilara to completely miss the genius in this album and give it a 3.5 is damn near a fire able offense. Her reviews can't be taken serious after this.

  • Hip Hop Fan

    Yo, Hip Hop DX (shakes head)....you lose stripes on this one. 4.5 at least! Serious work from Pusha T. Productions a let down yet Yeezus gets a 4.5? This album went hard.

  • dsf

    You guys are letting me down more and more. I am a gigantic jay-z fan, and this album was twice as good as mchg

  • Untitled

    This review is whack. Pusha's M.N.I.M.N. Should be rated no less then a 4.5/5. This is a great freshman album front to back. King Push is gunna be climbing up in the Hip-Hop game very quickly after this

  • Anonymous

    sick first solo effort from king push! could have done without a few of these features though!

  • jbrown3rd

    Dope album, terrible review

  • Kenzo

    This is a straight street album and Pusha-T's skilled lyricism what it sells at. The production was dope and had a cinematic feel to it. Album of the year probably not but one of the best to come out this year.

  • Anonymous

    A great freshman album from King Push.

  • wow.

    DX gave Yeezus a 4.5/5, and Pusha T a 3.5/5. GOODNIGHT.

  • karan kalia

    thank you pusha t and kanye west

  • PhillyMu

    DX, your comment section is normally filled with haters/trolls/negative energy. When the consensus in the comments is that the review is bullshit and the writer obviously doesn't get this kind of rap, you may need to sit her ass down and question her hip-hop knowledge. This album is dope just from "King Push" "Numbers on the Boards" & "Nosetalgia" alone. It provided me with that street lyricism that's missing in hip-hop these days. DX's writers are probably journalism majors who just happened to fall into this writing gig. Yall muhfuckas ARE NOT hip-hop heads! 4/5

  • Anonymous

    production is top-notch......

  • What!

    How the fuck do you give this a 3.5!!!! whoever did this review needs to be fired and go review techno albums if your looking for a bunch of party beats. this album is so GOOD. The only complaint i have is that the rick ross feature goes against what the album and it's name represents!!!

  • Anonymous

    WORST REVIEW I SEEN SO FAR!!!!

  • OVO

    Drake > Pusha T. This review is on point, the album is just alright. Definitely not album of the year material like NWTS.

  • Bulletproof Wallets

    Shit's aight

  • Ja'

    ANDREA AGUILAR you should kill yourself.

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that.! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaSNK0pm4eY

  • Altair

    This album deserves a 4 at the very least. Its undeniably better that majority of the rap releases that came out this year so far. Pusha T really resembles a young Jay-Z on this record. I admit there are some songs that break up and muddle to concept of the album, but its not due to poor production just a misfire on the concept but they are still good songs, and serve the the purpose of attracting a more mainstream audience. Every song on the album cant sound like Nostalgia or Suicide, He is not in the same space a Jay-z or Kanye who can just make experimental concept albums. When you in the music business, critical acclaim is great, but your in business and you need to sell records or close up shop. I think he did a great job of balancing while maintaining his identity This should not be less then 4/5, from any critic who is objective with a sound knowledge of music. Anything higher is relative to the listener, 3.5 is like giving it a C+ any anyone listening knows thats not right.

  • Anonymous

    BULL SHIT ASS RATING! This is at least 4.7 -5.0!! I think all they hear is coke or raw, but there are CLEVER LINES, METAPHORS, and STORIES tied together with LYRICAL SKILL! The beats on this album compliment the different stories as well as the context! I give this joint a 5.0, but I'm a fan of this type of rap.

  • Cush

    This album is targeting more of a Pop Audience than most Music that I would rate highly, however, I personally love this album. The Mic Work, the Beats, the Production... This is one of those albums, like Kendrick's "Maad City", that I would be handing out to friends of mine who only really enjoy Radio Rap. It gets 4 stars in my book easy.

  • M.I.C

    WHO THE FUCK IS THIS ANDREA AGUILAR BITCH???? TO TALK SHIT ABOUT THE PRODUCTION ON THIS ALBUM????? IS YOU THE SAME BITCH WHO GAVE DRAKE 4/5?????

  • TaZzZ

    This shits boring, idk what all the fuss is about. Tell me if your listening to this in 2 months, it has no replay value. Dude could rap back in the day but this is dumbed down like a muhfucka... I hate Drake but shit, if you think this is better you tripping. King Push is muy boring

  • lemdykings

    Album of the year. HIPHOPDX your review is wrong and biased. this is real hip hop.

  • D-Block LOX

    HipHopDx gave Yeezus 4 and a half is there anything to really say on their credibility in reviewing albums...........

  • Moods

    A ridiculous review. The reviewer gives ONE example (an example I don't agree with) where the production and the MC don't mix, and then concludes that the production falls short. HipHop DX upgrade your writing staff please.

  • Cell

    ...I'm sorry but I find it difficul to take this site seriously when then give Nothing Was The Same a 4/5 and this a 3.5/5. Opinion is subjective, but skill is not.

  • Isometrisized

    As far as I can tell the diversity of production takes us a trip through the past two decades from the prestige of a drug dealer all the way to Hip Hop hustler on the brink of Zeitgeist enlightenment. The production is pretty comprehensive and shows his appreciation of G.O.O.D., the 90s as well as R&B. Calling this boring is kind of underscoring the point. Its very much a trip through a few decades through the eyes of a drug dealer. And of course, the constant that ties it all together, testosterone fueled, yet some how well collected coke raps something of a signature for the artist. Lastly, to me what makes this a truly interesting listen is him drawing parallels from the gang banging lifestyle to being a hip hop mogul. The Hustle is still alive and well. One must look no further than SIMPLY the album artwork. The parallel being white albums to white kilos. The bar code indicates, hey this is just another day at work for Pusha T, whether is selling coke or albums, its much the same to him. Truly one of the more definitive projects this year.

  • Massacred

    Just Damn, In a year ladled with many major releases, Pusha Ts, My Name Is My Name some how manages to buck both trends and every other major release, to be become one of best records released this year. In many ways it seems to be Yeezus done right, while the rest reaks of raw undiluted metaphors and lyrical skill. But where Yeezus and Magna Carta Holy Grail failed, My Name Is My Name gets it so right. Pusha T has undoubtedly cemented himself as a true quality driven artist with this LP. Every track feels carefully thought out and is mechanically sound, while all featured artists are utilized to their max potential, enhancing both the mood and style of the album. (Especially Kendrick Lamar on Nosetalgia) All of the beats are both creative, while still folding into the album nicely. Particular Standouts include those done by the Neptunes and Good Music. Pusha T is quite effective at painting a lifestyle turned bad to an artist hungry to reach the top of the game. While Yeezy, excellent production serves as a suitable backdrop. The different between this and Yeezus, however is that Pusha T, truly retains the lyrical ability to back it up. It is difficult not to reap this album enormous praise, when it so perfectly delivers on exactly what was promised. The album manages to string together so many elements beloved from Hip-Hop, from minimalist 90's beat to theatrical good music production, R&B hooks that came out of the 90's, witty sharp lyricism, as well as an aptitude for clever story telling. And of course, the constant that ties it all together, testosterone fuelled, yet some how well collected coke raps something of a signature for the artist. Perhaps the only real "issue" with this LP are the questionable additions of MC; "Big Sean" and "2 Chainz" neither of which can even come close to holding their own lyrically with Pusha. Both of there versus feel unintentionally awkward and funny on and all but introspective and fascinating album. Yet, neither of them are truly enough to detract from the album as a whole. Surely, a classic in the making. A well deserved, 4.5 out of 5.

  • badddreview

    this is the most pointless review ive ever read. reviewer says the production sucks then names one song with production he/she doesn't like.. good point

  • The Roman

    I don't believe this review is inaccurate but rather the perspective of Andrea. Hip Hop DX needs to have checks and balances on reviews. A second person's opinion would have probably proved that this album deserved at least 4X rating. If Drake's Nothing Was This Lame project got a 4X rating this deserves a 5.5X rating.

  • MrRhoda

    Thought it at least deserved a 4, better than that gay ass Drake shit you guys gave a 4, but every1 know DX reviewers is suspect since the Yeezus review....

  • Roy V!v!d

    Sorry but this review couldn't be farther off base. Out.