Welcome back to the spotlight Pusha T. On May 25, the rapper released DAYTONA, a seven track album totaling to 21 minutes produced entirely by Kanye West.If you have twitter, you are probably aware of the beef Pusha T ignated with Drake, but I’m not going to dive into that topic in this review, as I feel like it has taken a lot of attention away from this very well composed album (although I’m totally #teamPUSH.) Honestly speaking, I’ve always viewed Pusha T as a pretty middle of the pack hip-hop artist, but DAYTONA has completed changed my opinion. If you haven’t given this a listen, I strongly suggest you to check it out, even if you aren’t the biggest hip-hop fan, as it’s concise and to the point on ever track. The first song, “If You Know You Know”, sets the pace for the entire project, as he introduces the major narrative of the album: selling drugs. I loved the word play as well as Kanye’s production on this piece, and the sample, from “Twelve O’clock Satanial”, complements Pusha’s voice exceptionally. Honestly speaking “If You Know You Know” might have been the best song of DAYTONA, but only by a hair. On, “The Games We Play”, Pusha continues rapping about his drug dealing lifestyle, and all the struggles that come with it, as he pushes (no pun intended) to certify his name among the greats. As the album progresses, Pusha T’s flow seems to work perfectly in-sync with Kanye’s production, and there is never really a “low” moment throughout. His punchlines work beautifully with the samples, and although this album is shorter than an episode of Rick and Morty, this album might just be Pusha’s best solo album of his career. I think Diddy put best it when he said, “I had to look for flaws and I couldn’t even find one.” This album just doesn’t compromise. It combines both classic, cold hiphop with the modern experimental styles of Ye, and it just works for Pusha. Now there are people out there upset about the album cover, claiming using the photograph oImage result for daytona pusha tf Whitney Houston’s bathroom during the peak of her drug addiction as sick, or disrespectful, but personally I thought it was a nice touch. Sure it might not be what the public sees as classy, but it ties in very well with the major topicsof this album. Overall speaking, DAYTONA is Pusha’s strongest solo performance, which just never settles and never bores, and my only complaint truly is that it’s just too short. “Pushhhhhhh

Hits- “If You Know, You Know,” “The Games We Play,” “Come Back Baby” “Santeria”

Misses- N/A


By: Daniel Lopez

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