Pusha T - 'Daytona' Album Review
Pressing play on the first track of Pusha T's DAYTONA was an intimidating idea to me, being a huge fan of Kanye West and knowing how much he changes and alters his style, it's hard to know what exactly you're going to get from a Kanye produced project. But as soon as the beat kicked in on the opening track, 'If You Know You Know', with the high pitched samples swirling behind the heavy bassline, I knew I was in for a treat.
This intro track perfectly sets the tone for a grand and bold album that doesn't put a step wrong in it's tight 7-song tracklist that acts as a pseudo-collaboration project between Kanye and Pusha T. And while I was initially excited just to hear Kanye producing again, I left this project realising that Pusha T was the real hero behind DAYTONA as he spits some of the most quotable and volatile bars of his whole career, making it a worthy return for fans of both Pusha and Kanye.
When a Pusha T album entirely produced by Kanye West was announced it seemed too good to be true and after it's lengthy release time I thought it would never see the light of day. However, here we are in 2018 with DAYTONA (Formerly named King Push) finally on our laps and boy did it live up to the hype. Pusha T is one of the most underrated rappers in Hip-Hop with a track record of coming out with incendiary and egotistical records that rely on clever word play and cold delivery, something that is ever-present throughout DAYTONA. Immediately on the opening track 'If You Know You Know', Pusha comes with iconic and quotable lines such as 'Where were you when Meech brought the tiger's in? / 'Cause I was busy earnin' stripes like a tiger's skin' proving that he still has a knack for clever and poignant bars. This is epitomised on the now infamous closing track 'Infrared' which quickly made waves in the Hip-Hop scene when rival rapper Drake responded to the shots fired by Pusha throughout the song, reigniting a feud between the two that has been going on since 2012.
Pusha T is cocky and braggadocios on DAYTONA, in a way that is only justified by Kanye's equally grand and cinematic production. The beats are consistently bigger and more 'epic' than anything else in Hip-Hop and this is mostly down to Kanye's master of the craft. Kanye's production here shares many similarities to his 2010 magnum opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy a project that is considered by many, including myself, to be his best work. Nowhere is this more clear than on 'Hard Piano' with it's melodramatic chorus and driving piano lead that makes the track feel like some sort of grand statement. Despite disagreeing with most of his controversial politics, it's hard to say that Kanye doesn't know what he's doing when it comes to making music as Ye and Pusha T make their bold return on DAYTONA a collaboration that was certainly worth the wait.
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