G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam rapper Pusha T is featured in the latest issue of Sneeze magazine. In the story, the V.A. native talked about his solo deal, Fear Of God: Let Us Pray II EP and 50 Cent & Jay-Z being his favorite rappers. Below are some excerpts:
How does it feel to have your first solo deal?
It’s dope, man. I was ready to make the next Clipse album after Till the Casket Drops and Malice wanted to do his book Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked. He was like, “I don’t want to do the Clipse album right now; don’t you want to do your solo album? Go ahead.” From that day forward, it was just like mixtape, freestyles, Fear of God, go to Hawaii, “Runaway.” Everything has been good since.
Fear of God Part II is highly anticipated. What can we expect from that, compared to the first?
This whole Fear of God thing is spiralling out of control, honestly. It’s supposed to be a mixtape then somebody comes along and they want to help me shoot videos and stuff so now it’s an EP. As far as the EP, look for street rap, to me this is the part of hip-hop that I love, the mixtapes and so-on.
Why the title Fear of God?
I needed something powerful. And it’s so funny because it sort of flipped meanings like, Fear of God is what I wanted to invoke on the competition, but I wrote the “Blow” freestyle, and I realized that Malice wasn’t going to be coming on the second verse, and I was like, “Damn this is really about to be all me?” And I saw the Fear of God. I was really taken aback and I was like, “Wait a minute, you just got to go forward.”
“Raid” the song you have with 50 and Pharrell is crazy. A lot of people feel like 50 is in vintage 50 form on that record…
PUSHA: I called Pharrell and said, “Yo, if you go back in with him and you make about seven more of those type of tracks you’re going to be responsible for something that’s monumental.” People don’t know that 50 Cent is like my favorite. Lyrically he’s not my favorite artist, but as a whole he’s my favorite artist. No one has done what he’s done in such a short time. What I always wanted 50 Cent to do was to get with all top-tier super-producers — Just Blaze, Kanye West, Pharrell, Chad Hugo, put out an album like that.
On Fear of God you also tackled Jay-Z’s “Can I Live.” Did you feel any added pressure to rap over that classic?
Not really, I come from a school where it’s got to be right lyrically. I’m such a fan of that record that I wasn’t going to cheat that record, it was not going to be cheated. It’s one of the best rap songs ever.
Did you talk to Jay about that at all?
No, I don’t know Jay-Z, man. I see him in passing, definitely with Kanye and the Throne sessions. When I say Jay, I’m still looking at my favorite rapper of this time.
Source: Sneeze Magazine
Photographed by Matthew Salacuse
Interview by Joe La Puma
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