Despite being prominently featured in G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer, Pusha T thinks the project could’ve been better.
In an interview with Complex, Pusha explained that his favorite cuts were left off of the album.
“My favorite record was probably records that didn’t make the album,” explained Push. “People don’t know there were records where Common was rapping over—like, we had Common rapping on strip club records. Do you know how great that shit was? That shit was so good that it was like—it’s annoying that I don’t know if people will ever hear this shit.”
The Virginia emcee explained how Common stepped outside of his comfort zone. “You know me, you know my perspective. You got me, you got Big Sean, and then you have Common who’s super conscious. He has a whole ‘nother perspective. He was really rapping and really wanted to get on this record. He heard our verses and was like, ‘Man, I’m laying one to this.’ I’m like, ‘Are you for real?’ He’s like, ‘I’m doing it.'”
Pusha recalled coming back to the studio, only to find that Common laced the new track perfectly. “We leave and come back—we were in LA—and he laid a monster fucking verse. And I don’t think people are going to hear it. Cruel Summer was a collection of verses and raps and songs and it was almost done like ‘Ye’s album. The biggest thing that shocked me [about My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was] when I got over there, [Kanye] opened up his album to everybody. That’s how Cruel Summer was. Cruel Summer was a ton of beats and he was like, ‘Yo, lay verses to this shit.'”