Happy Birthday, Pusha T!
It's your neighborhood Pusha. The G.O.O.D. Music consigliere has lasted over a decade in the game as one-half of the decade's finest hip-hop duo Clipse to being a reliable solo artist. Pusha T turns 38 today (May 13).
Repping Virginia, Pusha T joined forces with his older brother Malice to form Clipse in 1992. They recorded their first album, Exclusive Audio Footage, for a 1997 release, but the debut got shelved because "The Funeral" -- a fine song in its own right -- underperformed. But the second time was the charm for the duo. Aided by steely production from the Neptunes, Clipse released Lord Willin' in 2002 to solid acclaim. The project also had a little song called "Grindin."
Clipse would only get better within the next couple of years. While at a standstill with Jive Records, they would release the highly acclaimed We Got It 4 Cheap mixtape series before finally dropping Hell Hath No Fury. Pusha and Malice took four years to finally release their sophomore effort, but the wait was worth it since the album is considered a classic by many.
After releasing one more LP, Clipse split because of the different directions the brothers were headed. Malice found religion, while Pusha got signed by G.O.O.D. Music. The latter already proved himself good for some strong guest verses, but he initially struggled as a solo artist. His Fear of God mixtape was a disappointment, and with his debut being constantly delayed, many thought his career was at its downturn.
But never doubt the power of coke rap and lyricism. Pusha T's first solo album, My Name Is My Name, finally dropped in 2013 to great acclaim, and since then, fans have been waiting for his second effort, King Push, to arrive.
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