It’s been three years since Pusha T signed with G.O.O.D. Music and announced that he was going to release his solo debut, My Name Is My Name, through Kanye West’s label. Three looooooong years. To put it into perspective, Kanye himself has dropped two solo albums, a collaborative album with Jay Z, and the Cruel Summer compilation in that same time frame. So when we heard that MNIMN was finally going to be released this fall, we were excited but also a bit apprehensive. When it comes to rap albums, long layovers between getting signed and actually putting a project out are usually a recipe for disaster.
But once we heard MNIMN, our outlook on the layover changed. As it turns out, Pusha T hasn’t been sitting around and twiddling his thumbs for the last three years. Outside of working with other G.O.O.D. artists, Pusha T has also been seeking out strong productions and carefully curating guest verses—not to mention writing powerful verses—in an effort to put together the perfect debut. And while MNIMN isn’t without its flaws, it’s every bit as good as we were hoping. Check out the 5 reasons why Pusha T’s solo album was well worth the wait.