Album Review – Pusha T: King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

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Pusha T is back and he’s grinded another album out. He’s following his last album “My Name is My Name” up with “King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude” This is his second solo studio album. He’s no newcomer to the game. He was one half of the group Clipse, where his popularity grew and his rep as a true spitter was established.

King Push is in his element with this project.  He’s got those clever rhymes that are wrapped in the world of hustlin. The dark side of the game is displayed, but the glamorous side and the fruits of this labour aren’t far away.

Puff stepped up on the project as executive producer. This does not have the “Bad Boy” Puff feel at all. (I know some of you started thinking that… I’d be skeptical too). Puff really pushes artists in the studio and brings the best out of them. He may be tough to work work with at times, but that’s what you get when you call on this industry vet.

Some of the artists featured on the project are Kayne, A$AP Rocky, The-Dream, Bean Sigel, and Jill Scott. There’s a wide range of producers that had a hand as well. Timbaland, Boi-1da, 40, Kanye West and Q-Tip just to name a few. This gave the album different vibes but still felt cohesive.

It starts out with a cinematic feel on the intro. Pusha jumps right in the only way he knows how… hard.

Pusha truly is untouchable on the track untouchable. The Notorious BIG sampled used is real nice touch. Pusha T goes in on this one.

He enlists the help of Kanye, A$AP Rocky and The-Dream on M.P.A. A slower beat laced with a nice electric guitar sample.

This is a solid project from Push. He doesn’t stay too far away from what you would expect from him. There is growth to him as an artist. His uses of different beats and experiments with the unconventional at times.

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