Pusha T has four albums with his brother and fellow member of Clipse, but his next project will be his first solo studio album, and in a recent interview he describes various aspects of the album.
Pusha T has been on his solo grind since joining G.O.O.D. Music, and plans to release his solo debut through Def Jam later this year.
MTV‘s Hip-Hop Music Preview caught up with 1/2 of Clipse to find out about his LP, which he says he wants to be a cinematic experience, and he reveals it’s based off the movie Devil’s Advocate.
The Recording Process:
“Unlike most artists, I’m a morning person when it comes to recording. My recording day can start as early as 9 a.m., and I’ll write what needs to be put down, and hopefully I’m leaving by 1 p.m.
“I’m not a studio junkie at all. I actually don’t like the studio because it sort of ruins my vibe. To me, it’s just [a place] to lay down vocals and get out of there. For whatever reason, I’m most creative and write best in the shower, and also when I’m driving. Even if I don’t have a starting point, it usually comes with the constant flow of water or the monotony of driving.”
The Cinematic Influence:
“This album was based off the movie ‘Devil’s Advocate.’ Not theme-wise at all, but just in the feel of the album. ‘Devil’s Advocate’ is a very dark movie, but at the same time, visually, it’s beautiful. The album is based off of that because I speak about the harsh realities of street life but there’s a lot of glitz and glamour that comes along with that. If you just look at it at face value, you might think, ‘It sounds a bit like he’s glorifying [street life],’ but when you get tuned into the record, you realize that you get both sides of it.
“There’s a scene where one of Charlize Theron’s girlfriends — a beautiful woman — is trying on clothes, and as Charlize is looking at her, her face turns into a monster. That’s one of the scenes that really paints the picture of the beauty and the dark side of my album.”
“40 Acres”: “One of the more thoughtful records would be ’40 Acres,’ and it’s produced by The-Dream and Rico Beats. It really harps on things that have happened in my life in regards to family — my brother being my partner, my parents not being together — speaking on how those things altered my views on relationships and so on.
“One of the lyrics goes, ‘Unpolished, unapologetic, might’ve broke a heart or two, but gave an honest effort/ You see my nonchalant attitude is always f— it/ 35 years of marriage, and my mama left it/ You shouldn’t question if you ever stood a chance with him, the better question is, did you enjoy the dance with him?/ I’ll probably never pull your chair out, bitch, you know this money grew your hair out, switch/ All that s— I bought, you wear out, rich/ But I’m the only one I care ’bout.'”