Virginia native rapper Pusha T is finally here with his long awaited debut studio album, My Name Is My Name.
Pusha T first emerged on to the rap scene with his brother Malice, in the rap duo Clipse, which has dropped several great albums including the underground classic, Hell Hath No Fury in 2004. After the duo went on hiatus in 2009, Pusha went on to start his solo career with multiple mixtapes before being signed to Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music, and dropping two acclaimed and praised verses on the classic Kanye album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010.
Now, in 2013, after several delays, Pusha finally is here with his debut. With a minimal 12 tracks, production from West and longtime producer Pharrell Williams, along with features from Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Chris Brown and Re-Up Gang Records partner Ab-Liva.
The album starts off in fantastic fashion with the opener “King Push”, produced by West and newcomer Sebastian Sartor (Lars Ulrich’s son). The beat is an excellent futuristic trap flavored banger, with classic Pusha T lyricism, stating that he does not and will not sing hooks and instead rap only about street life, which makes it a powerful start to the album.
The single “Numbers On The Board” follows after, which is a vintage sounding Clipse beat that is absolutely perfect for Pusha T, who flows over the track with ease. The great tracks continue with the “Sweet Serenade” which includes a surprisingly dark hook from Chris Brown, and “Suicide” which once again has a classic Clipse feel to it, produced by none other than Pharrell Williams.
The middle of the albums take a big hit in the wrong direction for Pusha, with tracks like “40 Acres”, which includes an incredibly underwhelming hook from R&B singer The Dream, the uninspiring pop song No Regrets, and the oddball that is love song “Let Me Love You” which has Pusha doing his best impersonation of Harlem rapper Malice, yet, not having him featured on the track.
The worst track on the album follows these duds, “Who I Am” which features 2 Chainz and Big Sean. It isn’t surprising to see these commercial rappers on the track, since Pusha is label mates with them, but the beat is lazy, 2 Chainz delivers a typical 2 Chainz verse and Big Sean’s verse is a contender for one of the worst verses of the year.
The last 3 tracks thankfully stop the series of bad tracks, with “Nosetalgia” featuring Kendrick Lamar. Over a grimy Knottz beat, Pusha and Kendrick both deliver fantastic verses, with stellar wordplay. A true highlight of the album. “Pain” featuring Future was a pleasant surprise, with a fantastic, tribal sounding beat from Kanye West, and the closer “S.N.I.T.C.H.” is a great way to end the album, with another Clipse reminiscent beat, once again brought to you from Pharrell Williams, with superb storytelling lyrics.
Overall, Pusha T has delivered a solid debut, mixing the classic Clipse sound that fans and hip-hop lovers wanted, along with the expected commercial feel that has sadly become necessary in order for an album to be released in the year 2013.
If Pusha had trimmed down the weaker tracks, it would have been much appreciative, but nonetheless, My Name Is My Name is a very entertaining listen for those who want to hear aggressive and smart lyricism, as well as fantastic production.