ALBUM REVIEW: Pusha T - King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Pusha T is the current President of G.O.O.D Music and has decided to drop this teaser project to keep people interested and happy until his main album King Push comes out sometime next year. He released a great album with My Name Is My Name with some of the best singles from that year so I was very excited coming into this record. 

On this record Pusha calls out a lot of the most popular rappers currently in the game, saying that they “Don’t realize he a candle till he blow it”. And this album feels like a far cry from that. It isn’t overly melodic and poppy, instead it features ice-cold rapping that makes you reminisce the nineties. However this does sometime interfere with song structure as it feels that so much effort was placed into the verses that the hooks and choruses for the majority of the tracks were just an afterthought. 

Lyrically Pusha T comes as hard as he always does. He delivers his lines in a powerful way that makes you feel every word is important, and I feel that is how Pusha wants it. He wants you to hang on to every word because he puts a lot of effort into them. You feel the impact of nearly every line spoken on this record. He has a great way with words and this album shows it, some great lyrics on this album. On M.P.A his second verse is actually pretty beautiful. It is about a girl who was rejected by all the guys in her neighbourhood who then later regretted it when they saw her in a better life than they ever had. A song detailing how people sometimes take girls for granted. As Pusha T said himself: “Girls around the way, they do everything for you. In the mix of you coming up and you stepping outside in the drug culture and drug life, there are people who are around. They’ve done all types of things for you, kept you out of trouble. And you don’t value these women.” All over this album is some great lines, like on  M.R.T.F where Pusha says “They say it’s hate, but it’s these well-dressed snakes/That learn to walk on the concrete, I just saw it and spoke to it” and on Crutches, Crosses, Caskets were he says “Banana clips for all you Curious Georges”. If you’re into lyrical hip hop or just some great word play check this album out. 

The features on this album are pretty good as well. The Dream's vocals are quite nice and the hook on M.P.A by A$ap Rocky and Kanye West is really fun to listen to and fits perfectly with the J. Cole produced beat. However kinda felt like a waste to not give them a full verse but I do see why. Even Ab Liva had a pretty good verse thrown in. 
Also some really great minimal but a bit quirky beats on this album. Like the song Got Em Covered which features the must hard hitting production on this album. Not one song on this album lacks in great production. Pusha T has a really great ear for production and it shows on this album. 

If this is just the prelude to his actual album, then I am really excited to see what he produces next year. 

Written by Rhys Prka

Rating: 8/10
Fav Tracks: Intro, Untouchable, M.P.A, Got Em Covered, Sunshine, Crutches, Crosses, Caskets
Least Fav: Retribution
Release Date: 18th December
GOOD Music /Def Jam