This month officially marks 10 year since Chicago rapper Kanye West released his debut album, The College Dropout. As the anniversary of The College Dropout draws near, MTV’s Sway Calloway took some time to speak with G.O.O.D. Music emcee Pusha T about the album during the Virginia rapper’s recent appearance on “RapFix Live.”
When asked about Kanye’s solo debut, Pusha revealed that he’s more of a Graduation fan and didn’t necessarily have The College Dropout on his radar.
“I was a Graduation Kanye fan,” he said. “You know what I’m saying? College Dropout…I probably was listening to some type of gangsta music…It wasn’t necessarily on my radar…Listen, I thought ‘Through The Wire’ was like the greatest video though. I thought that was like the greatest video and I thought like the story of it all—like I was familiar, I just was like, I just was into another music at the time.”
With a solo album of his own in the works, the Clipse rapper also discussed his King Push album and the time he’s spent in the studio with The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, two artists he’s collaborated with heavily in the past.
“It was so good just to be back in the studio with them,” Pusha said. “Like I haven’t been back in the studio with both of them in forever. So, we all flew down to—well, me and Chad flew down to Miami. And we were down there for like three weeks and I think it’s safe to say we got a hard direction going into the new King Push album. We still in the early stages. But it was just so good to like be back in that creative space and that creative energy with those two guys. And playing things that I like and showing them what I’m into these days. And them showing me what they into and revisiting our inspirations coming up. And so on and so forth, so it was really good.”
As a member of the Clipse, Pusha T has worked with The Neptunes on a number of projects. The production duo fully produced both the Clipse’s debut album, Lord Willin’, and 2006’s Hell Hath No Fury.
Late last year, Pusha informed fans that he would be in the studio with both Chad and Pharrell for 20 days beginning in January.
“I don’t know when I’m dropping the next one, but I can tell everybody January 2, me, Chad [Hugo] and Pharrell are going in the studio for 20 days,” he said during an interview with Miss Info. “That’s what’s going to start off the King Push album….The title is definitely King Push.”