It is officially 4-days into the New Year (Happy New Year’s World!! from www.thisisvinylhouse.com), and I am still reveling from the early Christmas present I received from Def Jam/G.O.O.D Music , in the form of Pusha T’s latest release – Darkest Before Dawn.
From the minute I put the album on in my sound proof music review office (my car with the volume on high as hell), I knew I was in for a treat. Before I get further into this piece, I am aware that this post may have some bias, since I have been a fan of the musical works of Virginia brother’s Terrence (Pusha T) Thornton and Gene (Malice) Thornton; better know as the Clipse, since day one. Since going solo, Pusha T, has racked up a number of critically acclaimed hits, despite not gaining the mainstream attention that many of his G.O.O.D label mates and label owner have reached. Regardless, Pusha T has maintained a consistent style and beast of a reputation that is based on exceptionally intellectual and cunning wordplay, powered by unconventional beats dipped in bravado.
The sophomore studio album officially called King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude, is truly an exemplary musical specimen of what is possible, when the combination of lyrics, music, personality, and creativity come together to form a perfect musical storm. With over 10-years in the rap game Pusha T is ready to shine bright as both an artist and record label president. From the early single releases off the album before its release such as “Untouchable” produced by Timberland , “M.F.T.R”, and “Crutches, Crosses, Caskets”, the grittiness and underground appeal of this album was immediately apparent; and in its entirety, the album tells a story of the dirty underbelly of the music game that has been missing from hip hop as of late.
Supported by a cast of producers ranging from Boi-1da to Sean “Puffy” Combs, the range of Pusha T’s creativity and unorthodox sound has expanded to match the growth of his talent on this album. One of the things that can be appreciated about this album is Pusha T’s gives listeners 10 solid tracks that makes this album enjoyable from beginning to end; bucking the current trend of artists filling their albums with upwards of 18 tracks, which for the majority, are less than stellar.
To this writer, this album is an instant classic, and hip hop artists will be hard pressed to match this album in 2016. The bar has been set, and it goes by the name King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude. He is not only the hottest artist on the label, he is the label President!
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