1 – is that really a legitimate and worthwhile criticism?
2 – as a vinyl lover and purveyor of the vinyl culture is it really weird or bad that I use the word “record”? particularly when it still makes sense and is the actual name of one of the two biggest awards at the grammys?
In a year ladled with many major releases, Pusha T’s, My Name Is My Name some how manages to buck both trends and every other major release, to be become one of best records released this year. In many ways it seems to be Yeezus done right, while the rest reaks of raw undiluted metaphors and lyrical skill. But where Yeezus and Magna Carta Holy Grail failed, My Name Is My Name gets it so right. Pusha T has undoubtedly cemented himself as a true quality driven artist with this LP.
Every track feels carefully thought out and is mechanically sound, while all featured artists are utilized to their max potential, enhancing both the mood and style of the album. (Especially Kendrick Lamar on Nosetalgia) All of the beats are both creative, while still folding into the album nicely. Particular Standouts include those done by the Neptunes and Good Music.
Pusha T is quite effective at painting a lifestyle turned bad to an artist hungry to reach the top of the game. While Yeezy, excellent production serves as a suitable backdrop. The differece between this and Yeezus, however is that Pusha T, truly retains the lyrical ability to back it up.It is difficult not to reap this album enormous praise, when it so perfectly delivers on exactly what was promised.
The album manages to string together so many elements beloved from Hip-Hop, from minimalist 90′s beat to theatrical good music production, R&B hooks that came out of the 90′s, witty sharp lyricism, as well as an aptitude for clever story telling. And of course, the constant that ties it all together, testosterone fuelled, yet some how well collected coke raps something of a signature for the artist.
Perhaps the only real “issue” with this LP are the questionable additions of MC’s; “Big Sean” and “2 Chainz” neither of which can even come close to holding their own lyrically with Pusha. Both of there versus feel unintentionally awkward and funny on and all but introspective and fascinating album.
Yet, neither of them are truly enough to detract from the album as a whole.
As far as I can tell the diversity of production takes us a musical trip through the past two decades from the prestige of a drug dealer all the way to Hip Hop hustler on the brink of Zeitgeist enlightenment. The production is pretty comprehensive and shows his appreciation of G.O.O.D., the 90′s as well as R&B.
Its very much a trip through a few decades through the eyes of a drug dealer. And of course, the constant that ties it all together, testosterone fueled, yet some how well collected coke raps something of a signature for the artist.
Lastly, to me what makes this a truly interesting listen is him drawing parallels from the gang banging lifestyle to being a hip hop mogul. The “Hustle” is still alive and well. One must look no further than SIMPLY the album artwork. The parallel being white albums to white kilos. The bar code indicates, hey this is just another day at work for Pusha T, whether is selling coke or albums, its much the same to him.
@Peter keep saying ‘record” man. These Tyler the Creator type cats in the HOP want to change history and keep it as oversaturated and simple to do as possible. Not understanding the “record” is still meant as the recording of music.