Despite plenty of buzz, Pusha T’s latest effort, My Name Is My Name, falls short of other big releases of 2013.
Ever Since the release of Wrath Of Caine earlier in the year, fans have long awaited Pusha T’s major label debut as a solo artist. During an interview prior to the release of his album, Pusha T is quoted as saying the following:
“Do I think I make the best hooks? No. Am I the best rapper? Yes.”
While many will debate that particular quote, there is no question that the veteran artist has talent. In the opening song, “King Push,” Pusha T attempts to validate his previous quote: “I rap n*gga bout trap n*ggas/I don’t sing hooks.” Using his familiar seasoned flow, Pusha T uses this song to lay down some bars as a means of further validation. The song is produced by Joaquin Pheniox and Kanye West, and Pusha T’s flow fits right in.
The album continues with “Hold On,” featuring Rick Ross and produced by Kanye West, during which Pusha T attempts to give listeners hope. Adopting a tone that suggests racism is very much alive, Pusha T states in the hook “I got you my nigga/Hold on.”
“Pain in my heart, it’s as black as my skin/They tipping the scale for these crackers to win/No reading, no writing, made us savage of men,” he raps on the Hudson Mohawke and Kanye West produced track.
On the song “No Regrets,” Pusha T leaves the hook to Kevin Cossom, and enlists the aid of Young Jeezy for one of the album’s better songs. Pusha T states outright, “How You Act Like I Ain’t Here?” It would seem that though GOOD Music and die-hard fans believe it, Pusha T still feels that a better part of the hip-hop nation does not regard him as relevant.
My Name Is My Name shows the versatility that Pusha T commands as an artist, and is well done from a production standpoint. However, for a rapper who has shown vast amounts of prowess in the past, the album could stand a few more bars. There is not a single line that separates itself as a memorable quote, nor a line that would a make a listener gain the attention of a friend saying, “Did you hear what he just said?” In addition to that, there is not a lone song that stands out enough to make the listener excited, put it on repeat, or play it right back upon conclusion. The closest song to captivating a listener as previously described is “Who Am I,” and this may be more thanks to featured artists 2 Chainz and Big Sean.
For as long as fans have waited, and as much as they want Pusha T to suceed, My Name Is My Name may come as a possible disappointment. While it is by no means a poor album, it does nothing to make itself stand out.
Hold On, No Regrets, Who Am I
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