Norfolk, VA – Pusha T shared some tragic news with fans earlier this week when he announced the passing of his mother.
On Wednesday (November 10), the G.O.O.D. Music president took to Instagram to mourn the loss of his mom, Mildred Thornton. Details surrounding her death are unknown.
Pusha shared a slideshow of photos and videos of his mother enjoying precious time with his one-year-old son, Nigel Brixx Thornton, with the caption, “I love you Ma, thank you for sticking around to meet your grand baby… We all are gonna miss you. R.I.P.”
Pusha T received an outpouring of support from friends and peers alike, with Pharrell, Wale, 2 Chainz, Swizz Beatz, The-Dream, Nottz, Lauren London, his longtime manager Steven Victor and more offering their condolences.
“Love you Ms. Mildred,” Pharrell commented on his Instagram post along with three yellow heart emojis, while Wale wrote, “Praying for u bro” and 2 Chainz put, “Sorry for your loss.”
The-Dream left a heartfelt message that read, “Rest Mom, Rest. There’s nothing like a mother and I hate the feeling. I could tell immediately why your heart was how it was after I met her. It’s life Im so sorry. Prayers to you and The entire Family , we weep with you LaFamilia.”
Pusha T also shared an old photo of him, his older brother and fellow Clipse member No Malice, Pharrell and his late mother on his Instagram Story on Thursday (November 11).
According to XXL, Mildred Thornton grew up in Virginia Beach and worked at the post office, while her husband, Gene Thorton Sr., held down a job at a pharmaceutical lab.
Pusha T and No Malice (formerly known as Malice) were both born in the Bronx, New York before Mildred and Gene moved the family to her childhood home of Virginia Beach, where their sons carved out their rap careers.
During a 2014 interview on Sway In The Morning, King Push recalled the moment his mom discovered he was selling drugs as a youth.
“One time, somebody had owed me some money … Me and a couple guys got into a scuffle, and the guy came back and shot in front of my parent’s home … When [my mother] came home and she hears about all this, she’s like, ‘What you mean somebody owes you money?’
“It was very disappointing… My dad, he was blown away and it was one of those things where I could never make them feel that way again.”
Pusha T name-dropped Mildred on his 2015 King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude album cut “Crutches, Crosses, Caskets,” letting listeners know he made sure his mom lived a comfortable life.
“Is there shame when a platinum rapper’s mother lives in squalor?/Mildred’s in the Bahamas for the month/She’s probably sitting in her pajamas having lunch,” he rapped.
While explaining his lyrics on Genius, Pusha wrote, “To me, the rap game is about taking care of your family, and providing opportunity. At the time I wrote this, I sent my mom out there for three weeks. If she wants to do that, that’s where she gets to go. Her and her cousin. You can’t buy the chain without doing that.”
HipHopDX sends our condolences to Pusha T, No Malice and their family.