5 Takeaways From Pusha T's 'The Daily Show' Interview
Terrance Thornton, known globally by his stage name Pusha T, has amassed nearly two decades in the hip-hop industry and become the self-proclaimed “favorite rapper of your favorite rappers.” Fresh off his third Grammy nomination for his DAYTONA LP, the emcee stopped by Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show to talk all things surrounding King Push.
Chatting with the South African comedian, the newly married rapper recalled the evolving conversation surrounding mental health. “I have been pretty ignorant to mental health as well. Just being honest, just growing in my household. My parents, my grandparents, and my great-grandparents, they went through it all and when you are saying somebody is crazy, which is a word that is used so loosely and mental health is something nobody, when we were coming up, looked toward that, now learning about it, it’s a real, real thing,” Thornton said. Generated by the current controversy circling the LP’s producer, Kanye West, the hip-hop vet defended West while drawing attention to a larger issue.
Talking with Noah about the album’s many inspirations, his relationship with Meek Mill, working with Kanye during his Trump obsession and the culture of the rap beef, Pusha T’s interview had many noteworthy moments to remember.
Check out the five top moments in this interview and watch to the full video below.
Pusha and his talks with Kanye West and the MAGA hat:
Speaking on Kanye West and his infamous connection to the Make America Great Again hats, Pusha insisted that West’s ties to the red cap that has emboldened so many have been cut. “He doesn’t anymore. He stopped,’ he said adamantly. “Can you imagine having those conversations while he is trying to make my album? He basically has my life in his palm and I have to tell him I hate something, but we always have real conversations, though. Always, and I think that is why me and him connect so well and I think that is why DAYTONA came out so well. Because it’s a give and take. If I don’t like something I say it and he tried to correct it and so on and so forth.”
The controversial picture of Whitney Houston's bathroom used for the DAYTONA album cover:
DAYTONA received a lot of backlash after the 41-year-old revealed his album cover was indeed a photo of Whitney Houston’s drug-filled bathroom from 2006. Sending fans of the late singer into a rage, “The Story Of Adidon” emcee gave insight into the notorious album cover choice. “I felt like this image spoke to exactly what was going on in the album. It’s organized chaos, it’s luxury, drugs, it’s just chaos,” he continued. “I make luxury street rap, we are gonna talk about everything, the good the bad the ugly, the Benz and jails, too.”
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The Drake beef, going over the edge, and the current state of rap battles:
After winning possibly one of the most publicized beefs in 2018, the Bronx-born spitter has defended the weakening punch of rap battles, maintaining the notion that no boundaries exist in the realm of diss tracks. Push spoke on the viral moment and the many conversations surrounding it. “There is no edge in rap battles, people need to stop that narrative, it’s terrible,’ he said. “They are like ruining the game. In a rap battle, it’s dog-eat-dog and you just go for it. It's not so much about lyricism it’s about being scathing and getting a rise out of your opponent or making them hush.”
Why Pusha T’s DAYTONA album was shorter than most of the albums that came out in 2018:
“A lot of people make long albums and sometimes they have a lot to say and sometimes they make long albums so the streaming numbers go higher and make their sales bigger and the music may be a little cheap. So just so people knew we weren’t playing those types of games, we made a shorter album. Seven songs, straight to the point. All killer, no filler.” DAYTONA was a short and sweet project that hit hard but left fans feeling as though the 21-minute project felt more like a mixtape or an EP rather than a long play because of the speedy conclusion.
The connection Push has formed with his fans and his underground yet commercial appeal:
Pusha T’s relationship with his fans is marked by a special incident after the rapper lost a Cartier bracelet during a concert. Where most people would have seen the opportunity to make their come-up, the fan returned the jewelry back to its owner. This is a testament to the loyalty extended to Thornton and the relationship the core fanbase has crafted with the rapper. “I go out and I perform in front of 2,000 people and to me, those are the coolest 2,000 people in the world,” he said.“They tell me what to wear, they tell me what to buy, they tell me what is fresh. I learn everything from those guys. Now I can go during festival season and we are doing 40-50 thousand people, but it is something about those 2,000 that people that are just really honed in. I don’t call them fans, I call them family.”