- The cover of My Name Is My Name
If you're not familiar with Pusha T
, well, you haven't really been listening to pop/rap radio for the last two years. But if Pusha T's voice sounds familiar and you used to listen to hip-hop pretty regularly, you might recognize him as one half of Clipse
, the sibling duo famous for the radio hits "Grindin'"
and "When the Last Time,"
the 2006 album Hell Hath No Fury
, and numerous appearances on pop songs where the presence of two brothers rapping about coke dealing seems a little out of place. Pusha T releases his first solo album today, the Wire
-referencing My Name Is My Name
(there is no shortage of the Wire
references in Clipse's repertoire), and as pointed out in a couple places already, "Nosetalgia" is the standout track. Working off a Bobby "Blue" Bland sample that producer Nottz chops up into a beat that would make Mobb Deep shiver, Pusha T and guest Kendrick Lamar
rap about . . . the title kind of says it all (I'll give you a hint: it begins with a d
and rhymes with "rug dealing"). As tiring as the subject matter is, the song nevertheless has a gruff, menacing presence that's captivating in parts, and Kendrick's verse is one of his best, illustrating a childhood lacking options ("Quantum physics could never show you the world I was in"). Surprisingly, most of My Name Is My Name
is up to par with "Nosetalgia"—a Spotify stream is available below the jump.