Pusha T, who first rose to stardom as one-half of the gritty rap duo Clipse, released his long-awaited solo debut My Name is My Name, on Tuesday October 8.
In the bout to be considered one of the elite Hip-hop albums of the year, MNIMN brilliantly portrays Pusha’s skillful lyricism, as he delves into his drug trade past for absorbing material.
Despite lackluster production and the monotonous topic of selling dope, Pusha’s excellent storytelling and imagery make the 12-track record worth listening to.
Albeit the album features appearances from Rick Ross, Future, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland and Young Jeezy, MNIMN half fails to live as a cohesive project. Breezy sounds almost lifeless in “Sweet Serenade,” while “S.N.I.T.C.H.” featuring Pharrell’s harmonizing, boasts a compelling story about a jailed friend who’s considering to snitch, in exchange for his freedom.
“Nosetalgia,” where Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar alternate in narrating life before fame proves to be a gem, as the Rick Ross-assisted “Hold On,” which features Kanye’s vocals, manifests as equally impressive. A few other bright notes include “Who I Am” with offerings from 2 Chainz and Big Sean; “40 Acres” featuring The-Dream; and the introductory cut, “King Push.”
The Virginia-bred rapper executes a solid performance in MNIMN, but its fragmented production cripples Pusha’s chances at being a part of this year’s créme de la créme in Hip-hop.