Pusha T isn’t the only one who believes he’s sitting on the best album of the year.
The Virginia Beach rapper ramped up excitement for his forthcoming project this past weekend by debuting a handful of new songs at Paris Fashion Week, as well as teasing the album cover art featuring a cocaine-laced photo of Lana Del Rey.
As his audacious artwork and slick bars (“Kilogram Kickstarter, push a brick harder/Left my elbow in the pot à la Vince Carter”) made the rounds on social media, Push added more fuel to the fire on Monday (January 24) by declaring his DAYTONA follow-up “the album of the muthafucking year.”
“The album of the muthafucking year is coming,” he said while hijacking his manager Steven Victor’s interview with Complex. “A Pusha album takes a long time … but when it comes together, ain’t nothing fucking with it.”
He added, “I’m on some one thousand percent rap superhero shit, man .. You know me, I have to reinvent myself. I just have to reinvent my greatness.”
Freddie Gibbs, who one would typically expect to dismiss any and all competition on the Hip Hop calendar, stamped Pusha T’s bold claim — even while gearing up to release his own new album, SSS, later this year.
However, Gibbs still managed to stoked the flames for his forthcoming project by confirming it’ll contain a collaboration between himself and King Push — their third following 2019’s “Palmolive” and last year’s Grand Theft Auto: Online exclusive “Miami Vice.”
“He on my shit snappin so I believe him,” Gibbs tweeted on Monday in response to a fan who asked for his thoughts on the Clipse MC’s comments.
He on my shit snappin so I believe him. https://t.co/pVTOBxMoFI
— Big 🐰 (@FreddieGibbs) January 24, 2022
Freddie Gibbs hasn’t been shy in making similar statements about SSS (short for Soul Sold Separately), his fifth solo album and the follow-up to 2020’s Grammy-nominated Alfredo.
In November, the Gary, Indiana native called it “the best album of the year” while announcing collaborations with top-tier producers including Madlib, The Alchemist, Pharrell, Boi-1da, Jake One, Tay Keith and Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul.
“The Pusha album is coming sooner than you think,” he told Complex. “And we’re dropping back to back to back … Tonight, we’re leaving here and going to the studio. We’re working on [Kanye West’s] Donda 2. We’re putting the finishing touches on Pusha’s album.”
Revisit Freddie Gibbs and Pusha T’s “Palmolive,” which also features Killer Mike, below.