TSS: Now, speaking strictly as a fan, your past two projects, The Fear of God mixtape and EP were both fantastic. They sound like you’ve almost recaptured some element in your music. Would you agree with that statement, and if so what would that element be?
Pusha T: Hmm, recaptured some element from what?
TSS: Let me clarify. I thought you sounded so hungry, like you want it and will tear somebody apart in your rhymes. It’s a real throwback sound to the days before you ‘made it’ per se.
Pusha T: My newfound hunger and my newfound attack of the game is simply because I’m around a host of creative brains and it’s about winning. I can’t be beat. I’m the newest one in G.O.O.D. Music. Who am I to come and not try to raise the bar, especially with all the talent around me. You gotta fight for spots, man.
TSS: Gotcha, that’s dope. It’s always great to see peers pushing each other along and bringing out the best in each other. Let’s shift gears a little bit and talk about the sound of the new project. Who are we looking at in terms of features and producers?
Pusha T: I’ve been working with Kanye, of course. The Dream, of course. Rico Beats, he did some work too. Swizz Beatz. Pharrell. I got a record with Young Chop. That’s on the production end.
TSS: Do we have a title for the album yet?
Pusha T: No, no title yet, but we’re almost there. I’ve also done a couple records with Chris Brown on the album. Chris definitely stepped into my world for them. You’re gonna see a much darker side of Chris Brown on the album. I got a record with Ross that’s gonna be a fan favorite. I haven’t focused on features so much but I’m sure there will probably be a couple more.
TSS: Between Nas’ album this year and Phonte’s last year, Hip-Hop seems to be taking a turn towards more mature subject-matter as our pioneers get older. Does your project incorporate some of those kinds of themes as well?
Pusha T: I feel like my rhymes are pretty mature.
TSS: Don’t get me wrong, I mean it in the sense that guys like Nas, Kanye and Jay are now rapping about their daughters and to their unborn kids on projects like Life Is Good and Watch The Throne.
Pusha T: Oh yeah, I think that only comes with age, man. If someone shows their maturity through their children or through their relationships it’s because your attitude is changing. And that reflects from one album to another.
TSS: How would you say your career has changed since you signed to G.O.O.D. Music and how does it compare to when you were on Star Trak?
Pusha T: See, I don’t know. I’m with one of the hottest producers in the game now, and I was with one of the hottest producers in the game then. And that’s just real talk. Wasn’t nobody hotter than Pharrell then and ain’t nobody hotter than ‘Ye right now. And of course, by association, you have all eyes on you because of that but I’ve seen it all before. I’m just grateful that I’m here.
TSS: Do you see a specific role for you at G.O.O.D. Music? The reason I ask is because on “New God Flow,” your verses came off to me as kind of carving you as the soldier of the label. The enforcer almost. Like you’re the guy people have to deal with if they come messing around. Would that be an accurate conclusion to come to?