Pusha T Says He’s Got That Kanye West Crack on His Next Album
But what about the Neptunes tho?
Pusha T has announced that his upcoming third album, King Push, is “mostly produced” by Kanye West. It’s an exciting bit of news, considering the G.O.O.D. Music duo’s impressive track record, but it begs the question: What’s up with the material Pusha recorded with the Neptunes during that 20-day studio marathon that happened over three years ago?
Early in 2014, just months after some strong first-week sales for his solo debut My Name is My Name, Pusha T got to work on his sophomore album. At the time, he would refer to it as King Push and he announced a studio residency with the Neptunes to mark the beginning of the album’s creation.
On January 2 of that year, Pusha tweeted out a photo featuring Pharrell and Chad Hugo looking focused. The rap world would finally be getting its wish: Pusha T and the Neptunes—who produced most of Clipse’s discography—together again.
Starting now……………………….🏁 pic.twitter.com/1JHeKtmSJq
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) January 2, 2014
However, nearly two years later in 2015, Pusha T released a 10-track LP titled King Push: Darkest Before Dawn, the “prelude” (to use Pusha’s own description) to his long-awaited King Push album. Darkest Before Dawn, a concise crash course in the Virginia rapper’s particular take on grimy street poetry, didn’t feature any production from the Neptunes, meaning that the results of Pusha’s then nearly two-year-old studio sessions with Skateboard P and Chad had still not seen daylight, even on what was technically his sophomore album. Fans began to wonder if they ever would.
To add further intrigue, in a recent Complex interview, Pusha T admitted that Kanye West was handling “85%” of his upcoming LP’s production. “The beats, I’m telling you, I’m giving you the science,” said Push. “Good beats. Crack.”
Burning questions: If the album is now 85% produced by Kanye West, what happened to those 2014 studio sessions? Will any of it be included in the upcoming album, despite West’s sizable contribution? Or was that work totally scrapped?
Hopefully that final option isn’t the reality. Obviously Pusha T is an absolute terror over Neptunes productions—we might not know his name or what he could do on the mic had it not been for his phenomenal run with them in the early 2000s. In a Noisey interview from 2015 about Darkest Before Dawn, Pusha admitted that previously recorded material for King Push was intact and he was “unwilling to break up that body of work.” Presumably, that means he’s saving it for an undisclosed time in the future, and it lends hope to the idea that the music from those sessions is still on the horizon.
All in all, that’s a pretty good problem for an MC to have: Kanye or the Neptunes. No wonder he calls himself “King” Push.