On December 18th, 2015, Pusha T graced Hip-Hop with his typical hard-hitting style, but this time over a new style. The album King Push- Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude only has 10 songs, but those 10 songs bring quality sound up and down the track-list. Pusha T had the last major rap album of 2015, and he served up a goodie. It might not have gotten the same recognition of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly or Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, but Push brought a quality album with terrific lyrics that were just as representative of the social time as any other rap album released.
The album received 5 stars on iTunes, 4.5 on HipHopDX and a MetaScore of 85 on MetaCritic.com, but with dramatically less reviews than other hit albums. Today we’ll rank the album’s best tracks from top to bottom with the top being the best.
Pusha T samples the Notorious B.I.G.’s track “Think B.I.G.” and adds in his typical hard, dope boy lyrics. His most memorable lines came in the start of the second verse, courtesy of Genius.com:
2. M.P.A. – ft. Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, The Dream
This track, produced by J Cole, brings a catchy hook that includes “Money, pussy, alcohol” over a piano tune. The hook is made up of Kanye and Rocky lines, and of course Pusha T comes in with lines like “The three leading killers of you n*ggas, It’s the shit that’s most appealing to you n*ggas” just to top it off. It won’t be hard to find yourself singing along to this one.
3. M.F.T.R. – The Dream
The Dream kills it as usual on the hook, and Pusha T delivers one of his best verses lyrically over a dark beat. M.F.T.R. is another one of those everyday listens. Check out Push’s best verse on this song:
4. Got Em Covered – Ab Liva
If you like old school hip hop, this may be your cup of tea. Of course Pusha T has to shout out his dope boys, and explains that he’s got his “dope boys covered”. This is a nice crew listen.
5. Sunshine – Jill Scott
Sunshine is one of the realest songs on this album. Pusha T goes at some crooked cops, particularly those who were tried for murder against black Americans. “These ain’t new problems, they just old ways/ I see a time turn sunshine into a Freddie Gray”. He also throws shade at some conservative news networks; “In FOX eyes, we the dark side/So they tell you lies. Through a TV, C-N-B-C/ C-N-N Don Lemon, no Kweli when you meet me”. Whew. But that’s not even the most cop condemning line. Pusha T goes hard for those wrongfully killed with the best line on the whole album. “Woo! Still a target, but the badge is the new noose/Yeah, we all see it, but cellphones ain’t enough proof So we still lose”. Push killed this one folks.
Pusha T’s whole album was full of great songs, so this list might be different for everyone. Disagree? Let us know your list below.