King Push - Darkest Before The Dawn: The Prelude
The "Intro" track, a long standing tradition in rap music and Push delivered one of the most spot on records in recent memory from the sample to the audio of Mr. Lee telling Push what it is. It's hard it 's short it's sweet. It's Pusha T.
The first single off the album "Untouchable" I played this song like a hundred times before the album came out. This whole song is cold as fuck. The biggie sample is just the right amount of nostalgia, the barcode line in verse 2 is oh my god worthy. The last 4 bars are straight classic. "Tell A&E turn the cameras off"
"M.F.T.R." I love how The-Dream sounds on this but ultimately this song doesn't do it for me nice beat great hook. It feels like push could make a hundred of this song though it reminds me to heavily of 40 Acres.
"Crutches, Crosses, Caskets" the bounce this record has is just fun. The delivery Pusha T did on extending the syllables is great. The lyrics feel like narration in a good way like he's just talking to you. Verse 2 is a true standout.
"MPA" a standout record, ordinarily I'd be the first person to bitch Kanye didn't get a verse but both him and A$AP Rocky sound perfect on the hook. Pusha T's pen game is the best it's ever been.
"Got Em Covered" Sounds great (a little to much like his 2013 album) production wise. I could care less about Ab-Liva's verse but Pusha T's first 2 verse's amazing.
"Keep Dealing" Beanie Sigel delivered an autobiographical piece of heaven to the rap masses.
Any hip hop head should immediately hit rewind on Beans verse and take notes that's real hip hop. Pusha sounds not quite as hungry as Beans but verse 2 would cause most rappers to quit.
"Retribution" I love the hook it's self explanatory it's delivered well. Kehlani's did her thing.
I just love the way this song sounds. Lines like "me and Timbo in that two door making our Otis" is legendary. Throwback references like "I been preaching since Money Cash Hoes" are what make Pusha who he is.
"F.I.F.A." A hard hitting song right off the jump "How you niggas celebrating Alpo?" Once again Push telling you his views on the street life and how it crosses over with rap and civilian life. A standard Pusha T song.
"Sunshine" Excellent closing track. My favorite song off the album. A few quoteables cause they speak for themselves. "In Order to be me you gotta see what Cheif Keef see" "Flavor Flav in Louis V but I'm Huey P" "Grandma praying someday but God can't hear it over gunplay"
In closing Pusha delivered his best work to date for the masses. His lyrics chosen carefully and delivered perfectly. This is a must listen album of 2015
FINAL VERDICT 4/5
Written by Auril for WaveScape under omn7