My Name Is My Name

Pusha T – My Name Is My Name

Artist: Pusha T
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Label: GOOD Music, Def Jam
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6.5
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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.

 BEST SONGS:

Hold On, No Regrets, Who Am I

 WORST SONGS:

S.N.I.T.C.H., 40 Acres, Suicide

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Pusha T - My Name Is My Name, 8.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
Posted by Jerel | 10 Oct 2013 | Review

3 Comments

  1. Cell
    15 Oct 2013, 5:39 am

    Here’s the thing though. Typically I’m wary, when artist says things like I have album of year, but in this case, the statement is 100% true.

    This is just about as good as gets when modern hip hop production and the 90′s collide.

    EXCELLENT album.

    No joke, if you truly want to support hip hop you will pick this one up.

  2. Isometrisized
    15 Oct 2013, 5:40 am

    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.

    Truly a notable release this year

  3. Massacred
    15 Oct 2013, 5:41 am

    Just Damn,

    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 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.

    Surely, a classic in the making.

    A well deserved, 4.5 out of 5.

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