5 Things We Learned Seeing Pusha T [LIVE]
Pusha T, fresh off a sneaky Field Day set, had his adoring fans eating right out of his palm last night when he completely dominated Sydney's The Metro Theatre. Blasting old school faves as well as some new shit, the 'Darkest Before Dawn' rapper did NOT dissapoint, in fact, we were promptly schooled from the moment his lips hit the mic.
Check out our 5 key take-aways from our time with T...
The rap game is all smoke and mirrors
“Y’all rather be more famous than rich?” – M.F.T.R.
In a year that’s seen 50 Cent file for bankruptcy (as bogus as that was), Drake and Lil Wayne complain publically about Cash Money not paying their dues; it’s strange that we presume that fame and wealth are symbiotic concepts. Pusha T however, has remained thoroughly underappreciated in the public eye whilst simultaneously becoming one of the most influential, wealthy figures in the game. The first half of King Push’s set solidified that statement with an onslaught of Pusha’s guest cuts to get the crowd amped. Verses spanning across half a decade of records began with Kanye West’s critically revered My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, including the anthemic “Runaway”. From the heights of Kanye, Pusha drove through a large portion of G.O.O.D Music compilation: Cruel Summer, with Mercy, Don’t Like, and New God New Flow.1 providing the bangers. If there was any doubt of Pusha T’s influence on the game after tonight, it wasn’t in that room. The man's a genius.
Pusha T is a physicist
“How you feeling? You feel alright?”
Newton’s 3rd Law states that: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. From the first drop of King Push until the final hook of M.P.A. Pusha’s relentless energy sparked constant engagement from The Metro audience. For every spit of venom, the crowd would echo each syllable. Both 'T' and audience getting wilder and wilder with each passing bar. Each song’s cadence meant a moment to abate and breathe before plunging once more into whip smart raps and immersive beats. In other words, we hung on every-f*cking-beat.
Play Cloths is straight fire
“Yeah, I see you playboy”
When you’re as prominent within the scene as Pusha T is, you’ve got to monopolise. Play Cloths is Pusha and his brother No Malice’s fashion label, focused on nostalgic hip-hop and street culture. Throughout the crowd you could spot splashes of King’s gear and he was more than appreciative of the Play-clad fans.
Aussie crowds can get down
"Shit, you guys are wild"
Regardless of what era of Pusha T’s catalogue was played, it would be met with a fierce surge of sound and bodies. From people being thrown in the air, to crowd surfing, to the standard shoulder perch, the audience’s heart was in it. What makes this interesting outside of the show itself is that Pusha is a popular and influential rapper, with a disdain for the fame machine associated with the hip-hop industry. This could just make him the most dangerous MC on the planet right now.
This may well be G.O.O.D. Music’s year.
When you drop the mic at the end of a fire set you usually finish on a one-liner. Pusha had three lines. “Big Sean”. “Kid Cudi”. “Yeezy”. All acts of G.O.O.D. Music with albums to be dropped this year. *mic drop* Being the newly announced President of G.O.O.D. Music, Pusha T will undoubtedly have some creative influence on all of those albums, and if his sophomore release Darkest Before the Dawn: The Prelude is anything to go by, they will be absolute show-stoppers.
Yeezy Yeezy Yeezy!!!
- Kyle Fisher