Days after releasing his first solo album earlier this month, Pusha T has made it to the No.4 spot on the Billboard 200. With tracks featuring Chris Brown, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell, My Name is My Name has hip-hop beats that Pusha T believes are going to ‘disrupt radio’ and ‘disrupt the norm.’
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After working with producers Swizz Beats and Don Cannon, Pusha T approached Kanye West, the executive producer, for input on the 12-track records. “He took the whole drive, which are all of my verses, all of my beats, and he put them through the Kanye West process of ‘This kick must be harder,’ ‘This snare must slap harder,’” the 36-year-old rapper tells In Touch.
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But, beyond the lyrics and the beats, ‘Ye, as Pusha T calls him, made the entire album into his own project while working on his sixth studio album, Yeezus. “I have never seen someone go so deep into the production process and go outside of the music,” Pusha T reveals. “When I'm doing my photoshoot [for the album], he was FaceTiming my outfit.”
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In addition to giving artwork tips to Pusha T, Kanye West served as an inspiration for handling both family including his newborn North West, and his career. “I feel like when you take a departure from music, and you get that inspiration, then that is when total greatness comes out,” the Virginia Beach native shares. Pusha adds "One thing I know for sure, Ye wont lack family. Whatever has to happen, family will be the number one priority I'm sure."
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