He showed an incredible amount of passion for me and for my music. We were out in Hawaii for a month and some change. Once that chemistry got rolling, it was like, 'Wow, we can make some great things together.'
When you first went out there, though, you weren't affiliated with the label, right?
So just through working together, you both eventually decided you would join G.O.O.D. Music?
Right. That's how it happened.
How does Malice feel about all this? Did you talk specifically about you taking a deal with G.O.O.D. Music?
Yeah, but... It's a little premature and I can't talk about it, but... There's a Clipse album coming, too. [Laughs]
I've heard rumblings about that on the Internet.
As of right now, my solo situation is where we're starting at. You also have to understand, Malice is working on his book and things like that [Ed. Note: Malice is currently penning a book called Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked.] We're both working on different things right now. But nothing is taking away from the fact that Clipse as a group is still an entity.
People are hoping you don't go a completely different direction with your sound and content. They still want Pusha T from the Clipse, not necessarily Pusha T from G.O.O.D. Music. Do they have anything to worry about?
Nah, I just think you'll get a lot of my perspective. The dichotomy of Clipse is Malice, who is a really deep thinker and has a conscious perspective at times, and then me, who has a little bit more wordplay and is a little bit more brash. Malice takes the reins a lot of times in an introspective way on Clipse albums. It's not that I don't think that way or that I don't see things that way. That's just how we operate. So now, you'll probably hear a lot more of that from me.
Do you see yourself fitting in with the rest of the G.O.O.D. artists? You're definitely coming from a different angle than Consequence or GLC.
I think I fit in damn good. [Laughs] The G.O.O.D. Family is full of artists who are very talented. They're lyricists, and they got a sense of style with their music and their attitudes. It's different cuts on a diamond and I'm just one of them.
You bring a different perspective than everyone else, though. Clipse are the coke rap kings. There's not much of that style of music coming out of the G.O.O.D. camp.
It's funny. We did a cypher yesterday—myself, Common, Big Sean, Cyhi Da Prynce and Kanye. Everybody comes from a different perspective, but it's still all good. No pun intended.
As far as the album, do you have a title yet?
No title yet, just a whole bunch of music. I don't know [which songs] we're going to keep and what we're not going to keep yet, so I can't say. Right now, it's about collecting a body of work and slimming it down.
Any chance it'll be out this year?
No, no, definitely next year.
People were disappointed that your new mixtape, The Fear of God, didn't drop this week like it was supposed to. Is it not ready yet?
It's just that we're doing something different as far as releasing music. You can tell with the whole G.O.O.D. Friday thing. I stopped putting out my freestyles frivolously. This music is really—damn, I don't know how else to put it—it's really good. [Laughs] Too many artists are dropping music haphazardly. Our music isn't flash-in-the-pan music, whereas a lot of that other stuff is.
So, what are you saying? You won't be dropping the mixtape anytime soon?
It's going to be put out, but it's going to be put out systematically. I'm not going to put a date or time on it until we get the format locked in. It might be something digital' it might not. The G.O.O.D. family is trying to switch things up a little bit.
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