“America you need a miracle/Beyond spiritual.”
For all that Pusha T has given rap fans over the years—from gritty, grimy coke raps to the raw introspective story-raps that have followed—he hasn’t at least visibly come out with a conscious call-to-arms track that speaks to the societal ills he’s seen. That’s changed with “The Daily Show” debut of his new track “Sunshine,” which will feature on his upcoming album, Darkest Before Dawn.
Eschewing the sparse, dark production that have categorized his notable releases thus far (like “Untouchable”), Push harnesses (no pun intended) sunny instrumentation of his latest to lament about America’s current problems: “These ain’t no problems/They old ways/I’ve seen sunshine turn one time into Freddie Gray.” It’s not an uplifting song, but it’s a welcome new territory for the G.O.O.D. Music president to enter.
Watch the entire performance above. Below is Pusha’s encore of “Crutches, Crosses, Caskets.” Darkest Before Dawn releases on Dec. 18.