As New York City prepared for Resurrection Day on Easter Eve (March 6), the living rap god, Pusha T scorched the Big Apple with his “New God Flow.”
On the NYC leg of his Darkest Before Dawn tour, King Push brought tales of lust, chest thumping drug dealer bravado — and consequences of the underworld to Manhattan’s PlayStation Theatre.
Before diving into King Push’s life of indictments and cocaine trafficking, songstress Tiara Thomas, and Boston rapper Bia held down the crowd of rap fanatics with their opening sets
But the energy turned up a few notches when Chicago bulls G Herbo and Lil Bibby stormed the stage in noting but black hoodies and jeans. Rolling through their collaborations “Gang,” “Don’t Worry,” and “Ain’t Heard About Nothing,” the Chi-Town Eastside natives brought the thug out in everyone. Some cats even tossed their Folk (infamous street organization based in Chicago) signs in the air.
While the macho vibes of Herbo and Bibby coated the packed out venue, the lively tone was set for the more mature vocabulary of Pusha T. Just before 10:30 p.m., the venue went pitch black, and seemingly out of nowhere two crosses appeared on stage that read: “Sin Will Find You Out.” King Push then strolled out to thunderous applause with his Virginia sagger — and rolled into the verses from Darkest Before Dawn’s “Intro.”
The self-proclaimed “God amongst men,” with his clever bars, called out imposters, small time trappers, and reminded wannabe gangsters that they aren’t really made for the barbaric dealings of the underworld. And he did it by spazzing through songs like “Blocka,” “M.T.F.R., “ “M.P.A,” and “Untouchable,” and his verse from “Millions in the Ceiling.”
Pusha’s cocksure attitude is carried over to the stage in the same authentic manner as his recordings. Just as impressive as Pyrex P’s nasty wordplay, the soloist didn’t even need a hypeman. No crew. Just him. A microphone, and a DJ. And because of this, concertgoers were able to take in every word that flowed from King Push’s tongue. The horrors of Fed time and conniving enemies who want to engage in bloody encounters were taken from his raps and plastered in the brains of concertgoers.
Overall, P’s commanding stage presence, and the confidence he exudes when telling his life story make for a gripping movie painted with the street slang that raised us.