Pusha T has been having a great month and today his album, “My Name Is My Name” has made both Rolling Stones & SPIN’s “50 Best Albums of 2013″!
It’s stunning and a bit unbelievable that the coldest former Clipse took this long to make a solo album — Pusha’s mixtapes and guest verses had abounded since his acclaimed group dropped Til the Casket Drops in 2009, and he’d become so stalwart and reliable a rapper that you half-expected him to just show up on G.O.O.D. Music collabo tracks for the rest of his life and call it a day. But My Name Is My Name rose up from the cut and displayed the white-hot fire of yore, the reason Clipse fans practically bashed in Jive’s front door with a log, Gaston-style, when the label notoriously withheld 2006′s Hell Hath No Fury. Never you damn mind that the production-and-features roster is a best-of-the-decade celebration (Kanye! Future! 2 Chainz! HudMo! Kendrick! Jeezy! Your mom!). Push is in fighting form, incorporating a mature point of view on his drug-dealer past while rapping with the confidence of a man who knows the game is his to lose. “Gem Star razor and a dinner plate / Arm & Hammer and a Mason jar, that’s my dinner date,” he raps on “Nosetalgia.” “Then crack the window in the kitchen and let it ventilate / Cause I let it sizzle on the stove like a minute-steak.” Pusha T, putting the “eughk” back in conscious rap. – SPIN
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