Pusha-T Talks Drake, Grammy Nomination, & ‘Rap Album of the Year’

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King Push dominated 2018.

The G.O.O.D. Music president dropped his third studio album Daytona in May, and gained reward from critics and followers alike. The Kanye West-produced set went on to earn him a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. Additionally, he confronted off with Drake in an epic rap battle, which produced the explosive diss monitor “The Story of Adidon.”

In an interview with Variety, Pusha appears again on his banner yr and explains the mindset behind his carefully-executed Drake diss.

The beef escalated following Pusha’s diss on “Infrared,” which Push says was inevitable. “I used to be all the time going to get off. ‘Infrared’ needed to occur,” he stated. “We have been doing the back-and-forth. He had ‘Two Birds, One Stone.’ This is what rap is. He is… it’s a machine in coping with him. So we deal. But I needed to do issues at my very own time. You can’t simply leap on the market. We’ve seen how that works if you simply deal with it like a road battle. It’s actually not. You should play chess.”

Drake fired again with “Duppy Freestyle,” which led to Pusha’s scathing diss “The Story of Adidon.” Pusha was anticipating a response, however by no means acquired one. “I used to be in it for the lengthy haul…for hip-hop,” he stated. “I believed this was going to be a operating factor, back-and-forth. I used to be certain he’d have a rebuttal. I did what I needed to do. I solely deal in reality, how I see issues. When you’re coping with phrases, it’s a means of coping with reality and the way the pubic course of that, how they interpret that. And what touches them and what touches the individual you’re going in opposition to. I truly thought we have been going to maintain on.”

Pusha was assured throughout recording that Daytona could be the “rap album of the yr.” “I knew throughout mixing that this was going to be the rap album of the yr. I actually felt that, in my coronary heart of hearts, that nobody was rhyming at that stage. It hit the nail on the top for what it’s.”

He felt validated when the album acquired a nomination for Best Rap Album on the Grammys final month. “That was it for me. It means quite a bit as a result of I’ve watched the Grammys my entire life, and keep in mind individuals I by no means thought ought to win or have been value it,” stated Push. “There was a degree then when rap boycotted the Grammys. Now, I’ve seen that within the final yr that the Grammys are ensuring the Rap class is represented in a extremely wonderful means. That’s superior. I’m tremendous concerned with seeing at the way it works out.”

He celebrated the nomination along with his group. “I instantly acquired into a gaggle chat with my supervisor and my group,” he stated. “We confer each morning. I couldn’t consider it. I thanked them and praised them for all they’ve carried out for me all the time. I all the time knew this report was robust and so they have been there.”

And followers can count on much more music in 2019. “It’s all the time about recording, and music first,” he revealed. “Plus, I’m going to be expounding on the manager finish of my profession, making an attempt to make my portfolio greater.”