At 41 years old, GOOD Music President Pusha T is at the top of his game. Following a series of quality releases in the last decade, King Push took three years to drop DAYTONA. With the album lasting a mere 21 minutes and being entirely produced by Kanye West, is it a stroke of genius or a flop to forget? Let’s get this clear now, a seven track album is better than a twenty track album. At seven tracks and lasting 21 minutes, you will not lose interest unless the album is trash. The album length here is perfection. While it might not suit a Kendrick Lamar or a Drake, it certainly suits Pusha.
There’s numerous soul samples in here, samples are part and parcel of Kanye’s production since Ye was even a thing. The production on this album is near flawless, it makes for a tight album that flows and connects in the best way imaginable. Lyrically Pusha gives us something fresh in parts along with his typical cocaine bars. It’s a clear evolution to his game, it’s his most menacing bars yet. It’s clear that his lyrics claiming his place at the top 5 of rap aren’t just lyrics, it’s clear as day that he means it, and he might finally be there.
Opening track If You Know You Know is Pusha at his cut throat best. It’s an incredible piece of production that’s so smooth it allows all the focus to fall purely on Pusha’s brilliance. The same can be said for The Games We Play, similar to the track before King Push details his previous life as a drug dealer.
The features here are quality as always with Pusha. Hard Piano features Rick Ross, one of the best features in the entire game. He cuts through any production and makes the next minute or so all about him. The other feature being producer Kanye West on What Would Meek Do? He comically began his verse with his infamous “Poop Scoop” bars, followed by some cold blooded brilliance. When they’re on form, nobody is stopping GOOD Music.
A real big talking point for this album is the albums final track Infrared as Pusha takes numerous shots at Drake for ghostwriting. He details that Kanye has become too close to Drizzy and that Drake isn’t a real one unlike Pusha, Kendrick and Cole. Drake has since responded with a diss track of his own, the friction is rising day by day. Drake’s track was a murderous diss, but that shouldn’t take away from this album at all, they’re both separate entities.
It’s soulful brilliance to put it simple. Kanye West worked wonders on production and Pusha T had the venom to match it. Whether he was proclaiming his place in raps illustrious top 5 or taking shots at Drake, he did it well and he did it with a vengeance. Easily Pusha’s best album. He’s always been on the verge of something special, and he might very well have broken through to be one of raps biggest stars.