Words By Garfield Hylton
“Shout out my b*tches f*cking baseball n****s
That dress like bammas with guaranteed contracts
Yeah, I see your vision, sick of prison visits
Now the Major League’s where you’re fishing
You young and hot, so why not?
The dealers is washed, the money is dry, so take your best shot
We can’t judge you ‘cause we ain’t hug you
We sent you off to other hoods and let them n****s f*ck you
For real, we made you watch from afar
Even talked down on you, tryna dim your star
Until we seen them foreign cars pull up
And watch them pick you up
And then we realized we missed a diamond in the rough
So, make us proud, make it count
Until you learn to love ‘em, make ‘em spare no amount
Make ‘em dig deeper to keep ya, knowing you deserve it
Take advantage of it when you’re worth it
Real b*tches worth it”
Pusha T’s Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude has an embarrassment of riches in terms of witty one-liners and well-crafted verses. Almost any verse could’ve been a Notable Quotable, but there’s something just a bit more special about the second verse of the Kanye and J. Cole-produced “M.P.A.” The beat and feel of the song is eerily similar to Kanye’s “Everything I’m Not,” while the advice at the latter half of the verse reminded me of the knowledge given to women from Jay-Z on “Show You How.” It’s King Push’s heartfelt honesty, despite the nature of the content, that makes this verse stand out on an album filled to the brim with top notch lyricism.
The verse starts with the Virginia emcee hilariously poking fun at women messing with “baseball players dressed like bammas.” Baseball players might seem like an odd target until one realizes Virginia has NINE professional baseball teams, likely making this instantly relatable to anyone who’s spent extensive time living in the area.
He describes the life of women who are all too familiar with prison visits and being treated like trash from the same men they are trying to love. It isn’t until those women catch the eye of major league players that Pusha and his ilk realize they missed out on good women because they were too busy “tryna dim [their] star.” Seeing the error of his ways, the Virginia native gives words of advice and reinforces the notion that they are worth better treatment than what was shown when they were growing up.
As a listener, it was refreshing to hear a man take accountability for how his actions negatively affected women. Content like this typically paints women as gold-digging skeezers who are looking for a way into a man’s pocket and men railing against that action. Instead, Push is saying “we can’t judge you, cuz we ain’t hug you,” meaning the way these women have been treated has contributed to them leaving behind men who hadn’t learned to love them back.
His final advice to make those men to “spare no amount” sounds like an honest attempt to teach those women how to survive in “transactional” relationships. They are worth the best treatment and Pusha, realizing the error of his ways, wants to make sure that going into the future, they never forget it.
(Lyrics via Genius)