RRR 1/2 (out of 5)

Rpick: “40 Acres”

After all the debate, the wait and head scratching questions, on October 8th Pusha T released his long awaited GOOD Music solo debut with My Name Is My Name. It was worth the wait.

For years Virginia natives The Clipse have been a respected duo that have been cemented into hip hop culture through their raw, drug-influenced ambiance, introduced to us by pioneer producer Pharrell. The brothers have ventured off into different solo careers and the world was teased for a long while with constant heat from Push the moment he was enlisted as Ye’s dope dealer! With 3 well received mixtapes alone prior to MNIMN release, Push shows the industry what he set out to do, and that’s drop the hottest album of the year.

At first glance, the features may seem overwhelming and as the album plays on you do get a feel for the ones that could have cut or substituted. For the most part though the features add depth, texture and another extension of some of the songs that help bring the tracks to life.

“They love me on my Ric Flair shit.”

He boasts this on the lead single “Sweet Serenade” featuring Chris Brown. Another standout, “40 Acres” featuring The-Dream, really showcases Push’s versatility and ability to keep a more mellow song still raw when others would have gone the assumed route. The-Dream provides incredible vocals that really give the audience a different layer for Push. The lead street banger “Nosetalgia” featuring Kendrick Lamar has been a top favourite for hip hop heads. Push shows he can hang with the Compton emcee through the guitar-fused beat: “20 plus years selling Johnson & Johnson / I started out a baby face monster”.

The album is an excellent body of work that is very street and very raw, which we have come to expect from Pusha T. This album lives up to its wait and solidifies Pusha’s push to solo superstardom and a new echelon for one half of The Clipse.