The cover shot for Daytona, the latest release by the King of Coke Rap, Pusha T, is a photo of the drug ravaged bathroom of the late Whitney Houston that Kanye West, who did all the beats for the album, reportedly licensed for a cool $85K. That’s one hell of an opening shot across the bow at the current state of Rap music.
Pusha T is already a legend for any Rap fan that actually cares about what the MC is saying. Well not so much what he’s saying but rather how he says it.
King Push raps about cocaine. Almost exclusively. While that may seem like a set up for monotonous repetition it’s actually Pusha’s greatest strength. He has an endless ability to come up with new scenarios, new metaphors, new slang that are all delivered in one of the smoothest voices ever put to wax.
Pusha T with a simile is like Jordan with a basketball. He wields them with a power and control that other rappers would sell their souls for. His wordplay is unparalleled. In short he does everything that a good MC should and does them better than almost anyone ever has.
Daytona is tight. 7 songs long. 21 minutes total. This is streamlined Push. The sonic palette could best be described as crisp. It’s a Classic Kanye production. Soul samples dominate the sound.
Stand out track “Come Back Baby” juxtaposes a sample from the Mighty Hannibal’s “The Truth Shall Make You Free” from 1973 with a rolling bass track reminiscent of Clipse classic “Trill”. This is is King Push doing what King Push does best, riding the beat and spitting fire.
The territory may be well worn but Pusha’s rhymes never are. With references to Ghost and Rae and The Purple Tape these tracks are aimed squarely at the aging 35-45 year old rap fan who longs for the good old Boom Bap days but the songs themselves never feel nostalgic for nostalgic sake. King Push on the mic is as fresh as he ever has been and has finally delivered the full throttle Push/Kanye team up that fans have been waiting on.
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