Pusha T, who released his My Name is My Name album this week, recently spoke about culture vultures.
“All the different rappers now,” Pusha T said, when asked about culture vultures in an interview with hardknock.tv. “Rap is so emo right now. Right? Rap is so emo and this is how you have to look at it. Cool. That’s the change that’s going on right now. Boom. That’s fine. We’ll take that. But now the emo guys and other rappers who aren’t of the street world or of that mentality, they now want to use street slang and they want to use the street metaphors, the drug references because it makes their rhymes sound good. It makes their rhymes sound cool or whatever. Culture vultures, man. They’re everywhere, even in Rap.”
The question was asked based on Pusha T’s raps on the third verse of “King Push.”
“Vultures to my culture,” Pusha T raps on the song. “Exploit the struggle, insult ya / They name dropping ’bout ‘caine copping / But never been a foot soldier.”
Pusha spoke about “King Push” in September.
“When it comes to this D-Boy Rap, I don’t think there’s anybody better than me,” Pusha T said in an interview with MTV. “They gave it the title ‘Coke Rap.’ I really don’t even like the title. The first record I heard was about the streets. It was called ‘The Message.’ They didn’t give it a title of ‘Coke Rap.’ It was just about the reality of life and what’s going on right now. I just feel like there’s nobody as intricate as me when it comes to this.”
The interview can be viewed below, followed by the video for “King Push.”