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Pusha T Discusses Beanie Sigel, A Joint Project With The Dream & Future

King Push is on a major promo run as he promotes his new project Darkest Before Dawn. The Virginia native is in good spirits after being appointed President of G.O.O.D. Music. The former Clipse member recently sat down with popular hip-hop site, HotNewHipHop to discuss many things that have been bubbling around about the kingpin rapper.

HNHH: What’s up?

Pusha T: Hey, how you guys doing?

I’m good how’re you?

I’m good, I’m chilling.

Where are you up to these days, now that the album’s out are you relaxing a little, or still back to work?

Yeah, I’m in the studio right now.

Ohh k, so is everything for “King Push” finished, or you’re still putting the finishing touches on it?

I’m still toying around with a couple of ideas, as well as just writing things in the meantime

Keeping busy. Well, congrats on the new album, it’s really dope, I’ve had it on repeat. And also your presidency at G.O.O.D. Music. Was there any sort of interview process before Kanye gave you the presidency, did you have to jump through any hoops, or was it just like, you have enough cred?

It definitely wasn’t any legit interview; Kanye really just called me and asked me what I felt it about.

Did you have to think about it at all?

Nah, I mean anything he ask me to do in regards to the team, I’m a team player. I was gunna give it my best shot either way. But um, as far as like… I have a good rapport with all the GOOD artists, and I have my hand on the pulse of what’s going on, online and in the streets, and even as far as finding new talent. We’re always talking about what’s hot, what’s not, and I bring a lot of that things to the table. And he just knows I’m pretty meticulous.

Do you have to do any office work? Menial tasks or shit now? Or it’s really not up to you to do that kinda stuff? Like do you ever go into an office.

We have an office, but my manager was appointed A&R, so a lot of the administrative stuff gets handled on that end.

Do you already have ideas for shit you wanna change within the label, or innovate?

Yeah, for sure. I just wanna make sure the brand caters to the fan, and carries on a tradition of creating innovative ways to engage the fan. I feel like people bought into the creative cultural aesthetic of GOOD Music, and I feel like our fans should see that a lot more, with us as a collective. We should do that in regards to GOOD Music tours, festival. Those are my type of mood board type of situations.

A GOOD Music festival would be crazy.


Just getting into the album. You might have made this comparison, maybe not, I know you’ve talked about how “Darkest Before Dawn” is darker content in general; do you feel that it’s more in the Clipse lane than some of the other stuff you’ve done? “Got Em Covered” specifically reminded me of something that maybe the Neptunes might have done— I know Timbaland did it—but was that anything you thought about, just going back to your roots a little, cause you said it was for the core fans?

Yeah, I do feel like some of the soundbeds were more on the unorthodox side, that would remind someone of the Clipse era of music. I feel like even when we – you mentioned “Got Em Covered”— that was great because that was a record in which I had to figure out to how to rhyme on it.

And you had Ab on it so it was totally in that line.

Yeah and it was sorta figuring out the puzzle of how to flow on that joint, and that comes with those unorthodox soundbeds.

Yeah I heard in the RapRadar podcast how you were talking about just taking beats that might scare other MCs off—were there any beats that you tried and it didn’t work out, or were you always able to conquer it?

Nah, there was never anything that was too weird, ’cause I picked beats that would give me a certain groove. The thing about these beats is that you can’t rhyme the same way to each beat. I was looking to conquer that, because it’s about growth, and switching the flow up. ‘Cause sometimes as a writer, you can get locked in to having the strongest bars, but it’s 50,000 bars of monotony. You can be saying the most clever things, and what helps you get out of that rut is different flow patterns and different beat patterns, it makes you do that.

Just speaking of that— monotony and having the flow stay the same, a lot of the shit that’s coming out these days, the melodic rap, it is a similar flow and style, do you listen to any of that melodic rap that’s becoming really trendy these days?

I listen to a lot of it in it’s proper place. That’s not necessarily what I’m listening to in my house, but man, in my car, on the way to something festive, at the club, I got to the club to hear that. Sometimes I go to the club, and because I’m there, I always go to holla at the DJs, they wanna put on all these hard ass records I did, and I’m like no, I’m not here for that right now. I’m here to party and do what I wanna do and keep the energy of the club going. Right now, the records that you speak of, they are that energy.

You mentioned how Future is the GOAT in your Pitchfork Over/Under, and that entire segment is really hilarious, what’s been your favorite Future release from all the stuff he’s dropped recently?

Oh man, well 56 Nights is probably my favorite Future release. And “Never Gon Lose” is probably one of my favorite records but I also like “Digital Dash” from What A Time To Be Alive.

On the album, and in general, the collaborations you’ve done with The-Dream are some of my favorite. The-Dream is just one of my favorite artists. Would you ever consider doing a joint album with him?

Man, that’d be so crazy.

I just feel like you guys have the best balance and chemistry, I think you guys should discuss that.

Thank you. The-Dream is one of my favorite as well, that’d definitely be something I’m looking forward to doing. I think we have very dope chemistry, and I feel like the taste level of our fan is really high.

Yeah because the average person doesn’t even talk about him [The-Dream].

[As I began to ask my next question, we were cut off. When Pusha T came back on the line, I decided to return to The-Dream questioning, because.]

Hey- I was gunna talk about the Beanie Sigel song— but for The-Dream, so you think a joint project isn’t out of the question?

No way, never out of the question, I’d love to do it.

But have you guys ever discussed it?

I mean we have a host of records, and we need a project to put it on, so you know.

That’d be crazy.

Yeah we have a lot of records.

Okay so I was talking about the Beanie Sigel song, “Keep Dealing.” I mean it might have been inadvertent, but did you think about how that song was connected to “Millions”? It instantly reminded me of “Millions.”

“Keeping Dealing”? Wow. Yeah I guess some of the similarities, the millions in the ceilings, or whatever, similarities. I feel like the moods of both of the records are different, and that’s really like street slang, for you know, having a stash of money, Virginia-wise, even if it’s not in the ceilings. Everybody say, ‘I got 50 in the ceiling,’ you know what I’m saying. So I wasn’t even thinking that like, oh man I said that before, cause it’s just like common talk.

Oh yeah, like it’s just slang.

My ceiling empty, like man I gotta run my ceiling back up, meaning, damn, my money low.

And why did you decide to get Beanie Sigel on it, how’d that come about?

I feel like Beanie Sigel is one of the best writers in hip-hop, to date. Just writing-wise, as a writer. As a writer on that type of music bed, there’s not many people who can rhyme better than him.

Yeah and he kinda keeps up with you. I see that.

Hell yeah he keeps up with me, man I’ve been hearing people saying, damn, you got washed by Sigel. And it’s so funny cause they don’t understand, that’s OKAY WITH ME! ‘Cause that means I got one of hell of a song. Cause that’s what I was looking to get, I’m sorta tryna make those moments, tryna recreate those superhero moments of rap. And if that’s means, Sigel get up there on something that I feel like— I feel like I need Sigel cause he really matches the aesthetic. And in a competitive sense, it would be a bit unfair if we were competing— because to me, how I see him and how I’m a fan of him, I feel like that beat was really a Sigel beat to me, more than a Pusha T beat. But because I liked it so much, I was like I gotta get someone on it who’s gunna outdo me, even, to kill the beat, to make sure the song is what it’s supposed to be. Nobody’s gunna paint…

His verse is just like…you guys both have really good enunciation; I find that’s the one of the most entertaining things about listening to you and Beanie both, not just the flow but the way you guys enunciate your words, it makes it hit that much harder.

Ah man thank you.

His verse was really dope. Are you planning on doing another short film with the “King Push” album or was this a one-off thing that you did?

This was just the marriage of the mood and the music, and finding the director with that of energy, that synergy was A1. I can’t say that King Push is gunna have…well it’s definitely not that same mood, so to me, I dunno, I only like certain type of movies, I only like dark movies.

So there wouldn’t be a follow-up film or anything that would continue the story

No, no. My acting was too bad.

[Laughs] But Rotimi, do you watch “Power” is that how come you thought he’d fit the role?

Yeah that’s my favorite shows.

Yeah it’s one of my favorite shows too, it’s really good. Are there any other TV shows that you’re into? I know you worked with Timbaland a lot on this album, have you been watching the stuff that he does on ‘Empire’?

Yeah I’ve checked it out. It’s a little bit..they’re just two different type of sitcoms.

Yeah, for sure. So you’re not a fan of your acting, so we’re not expecting you to act in any movies in the future?

No, not until I got to school.

There was one last thing I wanted to discuss, it’s from, “Alone in Vegas,” you had this line about ‘drug dealer dichotomy.’ I’ve just always loved that phrase and I think it really works well with your music. Did you see that dichotomy playing out again on this album, and if you could just elaborate on what that dichotomy is?

Definitely that dichotomy is on his album. And it’s really for the people who try to pigeonhole me as ‘cocaine rap.’ “Oh well, all it is, is cocaine rap.” And they hear that word, and it’s such a strong drug, devastating drug. So people try to like, they tune everything out, they tune out the principles that lie within the verses. And that’s what the dichotomy is, it’s okay you have something that’s so ugly and then so horrible in my community, and then you have the principled mentality of someone who’s raised within that community and how they balance their morals versus their greed, that’s what it is. So, first of all with the Clipse, that was the beauty of the Clipse to me, one hundred percent. I might have been younger and brasher, my brother was more of the voice of reasoning, more introspective, that’s what it was. I feel like now, that’s my job, and that’s when I really dialed on it, when I went solo. I was like wait a minute, I gotta cater to that fan, and I’m already gunna have to deal with that fan not wanting to hear just one of us, so I have to do my best Malice impersonation, in regards to adding those nuances to my music.

-via HotNewHipHop


YG Breaks Down “Really Be (Smokin Drankin)”


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YG Describes An Average Day In Bompton

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Schoolboy Q (@SchoolboyQ) Briefly Speaks With Fader (@TheFader)

My favorite rapper of the new breed is getting all the love he deserves. Schoolboy Q, Top Dawg Ent’s Underdog, is traveling from coast to coast making a name for himself. I definitely said Schoolboy was gonna be a face to look out for and its clear to see I know what I’m talking about. This dude is the truth. Strong lyrics, passion, hunger, great song concepts, versatility & a gangsta image. Quincy, his government, sits down with the Fader Magazine for a brief interview. This is one of the shortest interviews I’ve ever seen. But he sums up everything in 2 minutes. Album coming soon, the meaning behind his last project HnC & his circle. Keep ya ears open for Schoolboy

Schoolboy Q (@SchoolboyQ) Gets Interviewed By DJ Drama (@DJDrama) On Shade45

Schoolboy Q is my favorite “new” rapper. I think I described this in an earlier post. Q is a product of his influences. “Biggie & Nas, put they a– in a blender, sprinkled some 50 & came with this n—-” A west coast Hoover Crip with an east coast flow and mind frame. Schoolboy Q recently had a free show in Atlanta for charity and from what I’ve heard, the venue was at capacity. His progression is a great one to watch. This dude’s name is buzzing from coast to coast. His independent project, Habits & Contradictions, is still the hottest project of 2012 so far. With the team he has backing him & the influential peers he has, Schoolboy is gonna blow up. Out of the TDE camp, he is the song-maker. In this interview, he sits with DJ Drama and discusses: The Start Of His Career, Selling Oxy Cotton, Black Hippy, New West Movement, Linking With ASAP Rocky, Future Projects & Sports. Hope yall enjoy. TDE. HiiiPower…

Nipsey Hussle (@NipseyHussle) Talks About Signing With MMG, DJ Skee & The “New West”

Nipsey Hussle is a pretty big figure on the west coast right now. He’s one of the new talents the west has to offer. Young kid, long hair, lightskin, Crip, swag like snoop & gangsta lyrics with a meaning like Ice Cube. I didn’t really know who this kid was until a couple months ago. His name has been buzzing through the industry for about a year but I never paid him no mind. But I did my homework & became a fan. Nipsey is the new age NWA in one person, just add some swag to the group. Dude is a success. He’s known on both coasts, owns a chain of stores in LA & made it to the XXL Freshmen List. Fair to say, he paid his dues to earn his spot. In the video below, Nipsey sits down with Karen Civil & discusses a couple things. The rumors of him signing to Rick Ross’ MMG West with Dom Kennedy & being a fan of Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & YG. He also breaks down his mixtape series, “The Marathon” & “The Marathon Continues.” Nipsey is a dope artist and a real laid back dude. Enjoy the interview and check him out. TMC….

Waka Flocka (@WakaFlockaBSM) Says “The illuminati Is Bulls–“

Waka is always looked at in a negative way through the public eye. But I never look at him that way. He’s just another young dude trying to get money. That’s what made me a fan. He doesn’t try to be lyrical, he does what works for him. Waka is one of the artists who actually keeps it real. So when I stumbled upon this video I found it rather interesting. Waka is your average hood dude. You know he doesn’t deal with his own finances and paperwork. But I don’t put nothing past Flocka. His views on the illuminati is the same as mine, complete bull. Hear him say it in his own words:

ASAP Rocky (@asvpxrocky), ASAP Nast (@ASVPNVST), ASAP Twelvyy (@ASAPTwelvyy) 10 Minute Freestyle With DJ Cosmic Kev (@DJCosmicKev)

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ASAP Mob 10 Minute Freestyle With DJ Cosmic Kev

ASAP Rocky (@asvpxrocky) Gets Interviewed By DJ Drama (@DJDrama)

That Pretty Motherfucker drops by Gangsta Grillz Radio while in Atlanta to get interviewed by DJ Drama. Rocky talks about the average topics: ASAP, Harlem, TDE. But Drama digs in his bag to try and pull some more out of the ASAP ringleader. ASAP discusses ASAP flings, influences & why he doesn’t want to be a superstar. Drama also hits Rocky with some hip-hop trivia of previous hip-hop legends.  This interview shows how the Harlem rapper & his friends are comfortable yet learning to mature in the music industry, ending with an acapella freestyle from the ASAP Mob. ASAP WORLDWIDE !

T.I. (@TIP) Deemed Executive Producer of Iggy Azalea (@IggyAzalea) Debut Album

First off, I want to state I’m a big Iggy Azalea fan. Her debut single “Pussy” made me a fan instantly. A white girl with a slick flow, cool in my book. Many people compare her to Kreayshawn (who I’m also a fan of) but their styles are completely different. Why do people bring race into everything?! Anywho, Iggy has been signed with Interscope for a couple months now, meaning her debut album should be dropping soon. Who better look over her project than platinum-selling superstar Clifford “TIP” Harris. T.I. sat down with MTV briefly to give his take on Iggy’s project, which is due soon. Being a heavy follower of T.I.’s music, I’m 100.99% sure Iggy’s project is gonna be one worth listening too. Hopefully she has some features or inputs from her open relationship partner, ASAP Rocky. PUSSY, PUSSY, PUSSY…