HypeTrak recently had the chance to sit down with Pusha T at his Boiler Room & New Era event in NYC. He speaks on a number of things including his upcoming album, My Name Is My Name, Magna Carta, Yeezus and much more. Below is an excerpt from the interview.
How did you get involved with the Boiler Room-New Era event?
Oh man. I have a relationship with New Era, and it was just something that was brought to my management. It’s always a go with those guys. I mean, every time I go to one of those events it’s like everyone that I’ve been seeing for the past 10 years of my music career. Guys, you know, that have been in the industry, working with New Era in some capacity of that cool, street market – you know?
You seem to be touring a lot, but does returning to the place you were born bear some special meaning?
Not in the sense of [New York City being] the city I was born in. It’s just like New York is like the mecca, man. It’s the mecca of hip-hop, and when I come there, the energy just never dies. That energy is always great, it’s just always a really great energy. It’s never slack, it’s one of those places that, you know, you really find out who your fan is, and you find out how passionate your fan is. So, every time I step foot in New York – these are the real listeners, these people are the people who really know the definition and the meaning behind what you’re saying… they just know, they’re hip. They’re hip to what it is that I do.
How does a small, intimate setting like the Boiler Room compare with something like the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival?
Yeah, I played them both in the same day. I mean, they’re both awesome venues and awesome arenas to be in. But when you’re looking at the Boiler Room, it’s like, anybody who’s in there is 100% a fan – a fan of the culture, a fan of the music, a fan of 100% of what I’m a part of. I mean, it isn’t the most comfortable of places –you know what I’m saying – it’s hot! It’s hot, it’s sticky, it’s stifling, you can’t breathe hardly. But the people are so passionate that all the discomfort goes out of the window. You’ll sit there and you’ll manipulate your set, and you’ll take out the records that aren’t for this crowd. We might not wanna do the R&B/fuse record this particular day.
There’ve been a lot of great hip-hop releases this summer. Do you have a take on two of the most notable ones, Yeezus and Magna Cart…Holy Grail?
Oh man! I feel like they’re great for what’s going on right now. I mean, it’s two different things. If you look at Jay-Z and Magna Cart…Holy Grail, and you’re seeing an icon of hip-hop who’s been doing this 20-plus years, and he’s sharp as a tack – still. But beyond that, Jay-Z is the hope for me as a hip-hop artist; that I’ll be looking at USA Today at the end of the year, and I’ll get to see a hip-hop artist at the end of the touring. It’s always The Eagles, or Madonna. It’s like: he’s my hope that I’ll be able to see that part of it. I look at that, and I look at the fact that he rolled it out how he rolled it out – it was really impressive, and it’s… [with] both Yeezus and Magna Carta Holy Grail, the biggest thing I took from [them] was: we’re gonna sell you a body of work – not singles, not radio, not any of that – we’re gonna trap you in our world. If you’re down, then you’re gonna go get it.
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