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Rick Ross & Pusha T Graces The Source Magazine November 2013 Issue

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25-years later, The Source magazine is still going strong! The Hip-Hop publication releases two covers for their November 2013 issue. Cover 1-of-2 features Rick Ross who is styling in a sky blue mink coat and Hermes belt. He is also deck out in diamonds and sky blue sunglasses to match his fur coat. The Miami-native and multi-platinum Grammy Award nominated Hip-Hop superstar talks to music journalist Shaheem Reid about working with Raekwon of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, his forthcoming LP, Mastermind and much more. Below are some highlights:

On flipping Wu-Tang’s “Shame On A N***a & working with Raekwon on Mastermind:
“It’s just like being blessed by the Hip-Hop Gods. They only open the Bible but for so many. I remember when Wu-Tang sucked all the air out of Miami, I was still in high school and it was the f*ckin’ Wu-Tang; n****s from the dirtiest areas and streets of America.

On referencing the attempt on his life on his new album, Mastermind:
“Me being in that position that I was in, or that I’m in, it was like ‘maybe the homie was really trying to tell us something, but we just took it as a record. We took it as a song.’ I was like that’s why it was so powerful and meaningful to us as a culture. We’re all fighting for our own existence. Every day we perform, every day you got to go to work, we’re fighting the critics off you, your bosses, your managers, your coworkers of whatever it is. We all on some level relate to those record”

On the Mastermind recording process being the longest of his career:
“I took my time. I toured with the team. Last album, I toured with the team and went back into this album. The approach production wise, the overall agenda for the music and the album, I took my time.

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Cover 2-of-2 features G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha T showing his bright smile. He rocked a floral cap with the matching tee-shirt. This marks the Virginia-native and former blow dealer first major placement on a print cover as a solo artist. He Speaks on K. Dot’sControl” verse, a potential new Clipse album and much more. Below are some highlights:

On Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse:
“I’m glad Kendrick said what he said. That’s supposed to be the attitude of every rapper, so that verse didn’t really mean that much to me. It’s about raising the bar.”

On a potential new Clipse album:
“I can talk openly about this right now. Kanye’s down to do it. Pharrell’s down to do it. Kanye said that if Pharrell wants to do the whole thing, it’s cool, he just wants it to come out.”

On the flurry of releases in 2013:
“Nothing has really inspired me. Nothing’s really moved me. Magna Carta…but other than that, I can’t think of anything.”

Both issues hits newsstand nationwide on November 26th.

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Pusha T’s GQ Feature; Talks Fashion

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Before being a fashion trendsetter, Pusha T was a blow dealer turned rapper. A few years ago, the Virginia-native traded in his Bapes, BBC, and Ice Cream streetswear for an upscale fashion attire. He also launched a clothing line, Play Cloths as well as opened an upscale fashion boutique in his hometown of Virginia. The “Numbers On The Board” rapper is featured in this month’s issue of GQ magazine. He talks about his sense of fashion with the publication. Below are some excerpts:

Pusha T: The Rap Menace with a Signature Flourish

Pusha’s uniform: Black on black on black…with a shock of bold color on top.

Pusha’s job: Rapping about selling cocaine and robbing motherfuckers; Kanye West acolyte.

Another approach to the uniform: Vary your outfit slightly every day, but have one signature piece. Maybe for you it’s a pair of fourteenhole Doc Martens that you never take off. Or a lapel pin you wear every day. In Pusha T’s case, it’s a graphic snapback hat by the downtown N.Y.C. label Ale et Ange, worn over the meanest braids since Allen Iverson’s. Pusha typically wears black to set off his prints—flowers, tropical plants, African patterns—none of which fit the stereotype of a gangster rapper. Which is exactly what makes the look work.

“The idea is for people to recognize you and know you for something. I think that should be the biggest thing with anybody who’s fashion-conscious: Be known for something.”—Pusha T

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Exclusive Video & Photos: Pusha T’s ‘My Name Is My Name’ Album Release Concert

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Today Tuesday (October 8), G.O.O.D Music’s Pusha T released his highly anticipated debut, My Name Is My Name and to celebrate his new project, he hosted an album release party at NYC’s Gramercy Theatre. During his set, the former VA-blow dealer turned rapper performed “King Push,” “Sweet Serenade,” “Numbers On The Board” and other tracks off of his debut. See the video and photos below:

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Pusha T For Complex’s ‘My Name Is My Name’ Week Digital Cover

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G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha T releases his debut solo album, My Name Is My Name at midnight (October 8) via Def Jam. Today, the Virginia-native and former blow dealer turned dope lyricist covers Complex’sMy Name Is My Name Week digital cover. Just like a brick, Pusha flipped the life he lived, put it into songs and inked a record deal in the 90’s as one half of the Hip-Hop duo The Clispe (which also included his older brother Malice). He’s one of the most respected lyricists and one of the creators of rapping about flipping bricks and moving blow. Since then, his interested have expanded to including high fashion, private jets, yachts, and sexy females.

To coincide with the release of MNIMN, Complex collaborated with Pusha and his team to create a digital cover story featuring videography and photography by Steven Taylor. He talked to Complex’s editor Ralph Warner  about various things. Below are some highlights:

Music producer Pharrell Williams on Pusha T speaking for the underdogs and dealers:

He looks enormous success in the face and he turns it away because he still feels like he speaks for the underdog,” says Pharrell. “Pusha really sympathizes and really rides for that world, so he’s always talking about cocaine. He’s always talking about the ambition in a 19-year-old’s eyes to be a big dealer, drive big cars, run from the feds. He’s so real with that.”

Pusha T on his album delay:

It’s been a long time coming but I only say that because people feel like it’s been a long time coming,” he says of the delay. “I think it was required. I had to make sure that all the bases were covered. I started out with mixed reviews, with me doing solo freestyles. So I felt like it took this long for me to get people comfortable with Pusha T the solo artist.”

On his track “King Push”:

“‘Ye brought that to me. He played it for me and I immediately was like, ‘I hope you’re not playing this just to show me how good of a beat this is,’” Pusha says of “King Push,” the Sebastian Sartor—stepson of Metallica’s Lars Ulrich—produced track that opens the album. “I was kind of shocked that Kanye gave it up so willingly.”

On taking trips to London or Paris to meet-up and collaborate with Kanye then leaving after a week or so to stay active in the public eyes and to get his paper (money) up:

He’s like ‘You leaving?’” Pusha recalls. “I’m like, ‘Yeah man. I gotta go get some money.’ There’s a disconnect in lifestyle with me and him. It’s like ‘Alright, well, can you come back?’ But he’s talking like I’m going from north of Virginia to D.C. when I’m going from Virginia to fucking London or Paris. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ll come back. I’ma let you know when I come back.’ In that sense, when I do come back I gotta come with ‘Numbers on the Board.’ You know, you gotta spark these guys. You can’t just be sitting with these motherfuckers. These guys are rich.”

Pharrell Williams again on Pusha T’s music:

He loves walking into the ratchet halls and hearing his music ring,” says Pharrell, “and seein’ all the new, young hustlers being inspired by that. He loves that. But, that’s not the only slice to his personality. There is far more, and I think that probably on this next album after this, people are gonna start to see Pusha from the Zeppelin view versus Pusha in that new $200,000 something with tinted windows, throwin’ money out the sunroof screaming, ‘Money ain’t a thang…‘”

Pusha T on having the “album of the year”:

I told you guys months ago that I got the best album—the best hip-hop album. Everybody thought I was talking shit. Everybody thought I was doing the typical rapper thing. I’m not no liar. I don’t lie. Don’t nobody got a better hip-hop album than mine. And I called it, so I already won in that aspect. I called it. I told everybody. Now y’all know that my Ouija board does work.”

Read the full story over at Complex.

Photos Credits: ComplexSteven Taylor

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Kanye West Unveils Pusha T’s ‘My Name Is My Name’ Cover Art

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Yesterday Friday (August 30), music artist and G.O.O.D. Music’s CEO Kanye West took to his Twitter account and unveiled the cover arts for Pusha T’s debut, My Name Is My Name. The project arrives October 8. The double covers were designed by Kanye’s creative company DONDA. The first cover features a bar code, while the second shows a dark/all-black image of Pusha T with his head tilted back. On My Name Is My Name, Pusha gets assists from Kanye West, Chris Brown, Future, Rick Ross and Kendrick Lamar.

What do you think of the two covers?

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Pusha T Rocking Balenciaga Sneakers & Balmain Jeans

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Over this weekend, recording artist Pusha T partied it up at Prive nightclub in Atlanta. Kelly RowlandJ. Cole and Bridget Kelly were also in attendance. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper rocked a white tee-shirt which he matched with $1,340 Balmain jeans and $555 Balenciaga Distressed Corduroy High Top sneakers. These corduroy suede high top sneakers features ultra-distressed detailing, padded collar, smooth leather lining and a translucent rubber sole. You can get them at Barneys. Fellas, what is your verdict on Pusha’s outfit? His debut solo LP, My Name Is My Name will be out soon.

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BTS: Pusha T For Complex; Shot By Steven Taylor

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Pusha T is set to release his G.O.O.D. Music solo debut sometime this summer. In the meantime, the dope lyricist links up with photographer Steven Taylor for a black & white inspired photo shoot for Marc Ecko’s Complex magazine. The shoot was shot outside of a privately owned mansion. Of course the fashion trendsetter rocks various upscale designers. Pics and video footage below:

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Breaking Down His Style: Pusha T In $595 Balenciaga High Top Sneakers & Balmain Jeans

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Last weekend, rapper-turned-boutique owner Pusha T and Brock Frederick celebrated the grand opening of their second Creme boutique in Nolfolk, VA (321 West 21st Street). According to Upscale Hype, “This upscale boutique features designer brands such as Comme des Garcons, Marcelo Burlon, MCM, BBC, Original Fake, En Noir, Just Don, and Pyrex Vision. In addition to footwear brands like Nike, Asics, Ewing Athletics, and CDG Play.” For the event, Pusha T styled in a pair of $545 Balenciaga High Top Sneakers which he paired with a black tee-shirt and Balmain jeans. You can get these Balenciaga sneakers at Barneys! The Balmain jeans are available at Luisaviaroma for $1,300.

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Summer Jam 2013 Fashion: Wale In DRKSHDM By Rick Owens, Pusha T’s Balenciaga Sneakers & A$AP Rocky In A HBA Shirt

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Last night Sunday (June 2), New York’s Hot 97′s Summer Jam 20th anniversary concert took place at New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium and yours truly (Don Bleek) was in the press booth reporting/blogging live. Celebs came out looking their best. MMG’s Wale rocked a pair of $600 now $420 DRKSHDM by Rick Owens Cargo Pants which features cargo-pockets & contrast fabric paneling, covered waistband with drawstring, slit pockets on the sides, patch pockets on the back, dropped crotch and tapered legs. Wale completed his outfit with a black tee-shirt, hoodie and Air Jordan sneakers. You can get Wale’s Rick Owens cargo pants at La Garconne.

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G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam rapper Pusha T joined Fabolous for “Life Is So Exciting“. He also rapped his verse to “I Don’t Like“. Pusha styled in a white tee-shirt and grey sweats paired with Balenciaga patchwork high top sneakers (shown in another color above). You can get these sneakers at Barneys for $595.

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Harlem’s fashionable rap trendsetter A$AP Rocky hit the stage to perform some of his biggest hits and tracks off his debut album, Long.Live.A$AP. During his segment, Rocky wore a Hood By Air tee-shirt from the brand’s Fall/Winter 2013 Collection. Rocky paired his shirt with white Lanvin sweatpants and Nike Air Force Ones sneakers.

More recaps below:

1. ‘HOT 97 Summer Jam 2013 Live Blog’ here!

2. Lil Kim & Nicki Minaj Perform At Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2013! Foxy Brown Spotted Backstage… Read the original story here!

Stay tuned to YDBR for more coverage, updates and a full recap.

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Get The Look: Pusha T Rocks A $190 Marcelo Burlon County Of Milan ‘Edward’ Tee-Shirt

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Over this past Weekend, Fabolous and Pusha T’s MTV Jams’ ‘Life Is So Exciting’ tour stopped in L.A. at the Nokia Theater. Before hitting the main stage, Pusha chilled backstage with blogger/digital marketer Karen Civil. He had on a $190 Marcelo Burlon County of Milan ‘Edward’ Tee-Shirt which features a multicolored front graphic. You can get this tee-shirt at Far Fetch. Pusha’s debut solo My Name Is My Name arrives July 16th via G.O.O.D./Def Jam.

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