Pusha T is a word whiz. Sure the brash, all-white-everything content is buried in his lyrics (“Culinary chemist, I serve the malicious”—“I’m Not You”) but P’s ability to fill his rhymes with wit-filled gems and intricate wordplay is all in all what makes him one of the game’s master wordsmiths. On “Numb it Down,” a song off Clipse’s 2008 mixtape Road to Till the Casket Drops, Mildred’s baby boy gloats about his skills on the mic, even referencing his penchant for dropping well-constructed double entendres (“The double entendres remind you of Andre 3K/Make you spin it back like a DJ”).  A French term for “double meaning,” these double entendres often fuel Neighborhood P’s high-level wordplay and over time has become synonymous with his rhyming scheme. Heck, even Wrath Of Caine, the title of his latest mixtape, bares the dual meaning expression—on one end, it can be interpreted as the fury of P’s Pyrex-inspired tales, and on the other, Caine is also a biblical reference to Cain, the cursed son of Eve. With all that in consideration, we looked back at Pusha’s discography (solo and part of Clipse) and highlighted 30 of his greatest Double Entendres in rhyme. Here’s the magic…Ralph Bristout (@RalphieBlackmon)


Reigniting an old rivalry, former G.O.O.D. Music artist Consequence re-friended mentor Kanye West, forcing Pusha T in the awkward position of having to pretend to be friends with the Cons again. Unable to hold back his hatred, Pusha hit Cons over the head with a pool cue, prompting Kanye to kick Pusha out of the G.O.O.D. Music crew for… good.

Track: Intro,” ”Lord Willin’ (2002)

"I was raw before rap and I ain’t lost my past"

1. Push was raw and gritty on the microphone since before taking rap serious.

2. Before rap, he was knee deep in the ’caine business and judging by his rap content, Push hasn’t forgotten his past one bit.

Track: “Grindin’,” Lord Willin’ (2002)

I'm the neighborhood Pusha/Call me Subwoofer1, ’cause I pump base2 like that, Jack  

1. Just like a subwoofer, Pusha’s music is pumping ‘bass’ out your speakers.

2. As the neighborhood’s pusha, he’s selling ‘base’  

Turn Up

Definition: To let loose and have fun

Track: "I'ma Hustla," We Got It 4 Cheap, Vol. 2 (2004)

"You niggas seeing nothing on the Zenith2 like Ray1"

1. P says that his competition are no match and just like the late, talented Ray Charles, they can’t see him.

2. The haters aren’t seeing him the Zenith TV Raekwon boasted about on  “Incarcerated Scarfaces.” (“Nigga I seen it, like a 27 inch Zenith, believe it”)

Track: “I’ma Hustla,” We Got it 4 Cheap, Vol. 2 (2004)

"Hot as me? Fuck no, they mockeries/Flows get quoted like Socrates’ philosophies"1, 2.

1. Pusha boasts that no one’s better than him in-rhyme and on top of that, his lines get the same treatment as Socrates’ age-old sayings.

2. There’s no one matching P’s skills on the mic and he his flows/rhymes get quoted just like Inspectah Deck’s impressive line on the Wu’s “Triumph,” in which he rhymes, “I bomb atomically, Socrates’ philosophies and hypotheses/Can’t define how I be droppin’ these.”

When Pharrell told Pusha he wouldn't be giving him any beats for the album, Pusha got so offended that he threw out his computer and all of the hard drives containing his new music. This angry yet affectionate display did not convince Pharrell to lace Push with any beats.

Track: “Kinda Like A Big Deal,” Til the Casket Drops (2009).

"I’m kinda like a big deal, its unbelievable/You see my warning gives you big chills"1, 2

1. Push is boasting here.

2. P references song titles (“Unbelievable,” “Warning”) and even shouts out The Notorious B.I.G. to explain why his skills are up to par with the Invisible Bully.

Track: “Life Change,” Til the Casket Drops (2009)

 "Oasis of hoes, my champagne supernova"1, 2.

1. He gets a lot of women while his bottles come equipped with sparklers.

2. This is a play on English rock band Oasis and their fitting past song title, “Champagne Supernova.”

Track: “Big Dreams,” Road to Til the Casket Drop (2008)

The real niggas live it, they mimic/They HOV lane it and don’t get it/The difference, the Blue Magic ain’t in it1, 2.

1. The fake ones pretend and occupy the lanes carved by the real hence the HOV lane reference (high-occupancy vehicle lane).

2. P says while most of these guys want to be a living legend like Jay-Z, they don’t actually get the fact that he’s actually speaking on his real life experiences, hence the line real niggas live it, they mimic. The blue magic plays on Jigga’s American Gangster single and goes on further to prove P’s point.

Track: “So Appalled,” My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

CNN said I’d be dead by 21/Blackjack, I just pulled an ace/As you looking at the king in his face

1. Being dead or in jail before 21 is the common statistic for African American men growing out of the ’hood.  21 is also the winning score in blackjack, so P is pointing out that he beat the odds set against him.

2. Despite CNN’s statistics, P cheated death and won—dealing an Ace (1 or 11) and a King (10)— now he’s looking like a king. King can also be interpreted as both of CNN’s famous anchors: Larry King and John King.

Track: “S.L.U. (Swagger Like Us),” Road to Til the Casket Drops (2008)

“Don’t be caught up in your feelings because, you’re just original fakes and I am the ’cause/If you follow fashion you can follow my bars, if not get your Hypebeast on, follow the blogs”1, 2.

1. Don’t start getting emotional because you’re fake.

2. P compares himself to street artist KAWS, who’s also the man behind the clothing line, OriginalFake.  

Track: “Grindin’,” Lord Willin’ (2002)

I move ’caine like a cripple1, 2.

1. ’Caine can be interpreted as cane, which can help with your walking if needed.

2. Far from a stranger to the drug trade, P compares his ability of moving coke to a disabled person using a cane.

Track: “Blow,” Fear of God (2011)

A birds eye view got me channeling my vision

1. Seeing is believing so, P channels those visions in his rhyme. “Believe it when you see it.”

2. His experience in the drug game feeds the content in his rhymes.

Track: “Open Your Eyes,” Fear of God (2011)

We ain't been home since we were snatched out the Congo

1. P references the Middle Passage

2. He’s explaining his transition from the jungle, known as the streets, to fame.

Track: “Cook It Down (Freestyle),” Fear of God (2011)

Got me looking at the crown from a birdseye view

1. P’s drug-induced content has him as a top contender for the crown.

2. He’s looking down on the competition

Track: “Dessert 4 Thought,” Mood Muzik 4 (2010)

No plan B, it was nothin’ else to map out/So we throw stones while we livin’ in this glass house

1. With no other plan set, P is living life to the fullest

2. “Glass house” is another name for an old Chevy, so slinging rocks “in this glass house” is his only option.

Track: “Pain” (2012)

 “Tre-eight on, could’ve been Trayvon/But instead I chose Avon/Powder face like a geisha

1. P admits that although he could’ve been a victim he went the drug route, pushing that powder, which resembles the same makeup (Avon) used on the faces of Geishas (Japanese female entertainers who wear white makeup on their faces).

2. Cheating death, he ended up being cocaine capo like Avon Barksdale, from the HBO series The Wire.

Track: BET’s G.O.O.D. Music Cypher (2010)

Red toupee on the coupe, you’ve been fired/Smooth Criminal, no prior’s/Man in the mirror, check no liar

1. Push is bragging here

2. He plays with Richard Pryor (“You’ve been fired…no prior’s) and Michael Jackson references (“Smooth Criminal,” “Man in the Mirror”)  to better explain that he’s who he say he is.

“Go N Get It (Remix)," Blood, Sweat & Tears (2011)

"Consequence, nigga, talk is cheap/You don't want a problem off the beat"

1. P lays out the consequences for his haters

2. Former G.O.O.D. Music artist, Consequence finds himself in Push's crosshairs.

Track: "Looking For Trouble" (2010)

Photo op is priceless, frame our wanted posters

1. He's so popular that his photos and posters are must-haves for fans.

2. He has wanted posters posted because of his past

Track: “New God Flow,” Cruel Summer (2012)

“I'm bal lin', Amar'e/A nick sold in the park then I want in"

1. Although he's ballin', P still can't step away from his dealing ways.

2. He's not only flipping nicks, here P tosses in New York Knicks

references left and right. He's ballin' like Amar'e and former Knick, Jeremy Lin, and if the team (or nickel bag) is being sold he wants in!

Track: “Pain" (2012)

"It's no us without 'caine"

1. According to the bible, Adam and Eve were the first human beings on Earth. Together the couple had two sons, Cain (who grows to be a sinner) and Abel.

2. There's no Clipse without their bird-eyed experiences.

Track: “Blocka,” Wrath of Caine (2012)

"I ball hard and you bench ride, so fuck you and yo' baseline/No Soundscan for a bricklayer, square nigga, you a brick hater

1. In the drug game, there aren’t any charts to determine who sells or sold the most.

2. When your album bricks, you’re out of luck homie.

Track: “Concrete Jungle,” White Christmas (2012)

See, my type of superhero didn't need capes/I've seen the keys of life carried in a briefcase

1. His heroes growing up were the drug dealers

2. Carrying keys (or kilos) in the briefcase was the one thing he was always into.

Track: “My God,” Fear of God (2011)

Started with Similac powder in a baby bottle/The formula is warning ya

1. Since a baby, P’s been dealing with powder, although back then it was the infant milk formula.

2. The formula should’ve been a warning to many that he would be dealing in the future. It should also be a warning to the competition, who are pretending to be cut from that drug dealing cloth.

Track: “My God,” Fear of God (2011)

I only change when the new body came, nigga

1. He only changes through reincarnation.

2. P only changes when he upgrades into the newest car model.

Track: "Ride Around Shining," Hell Hath No Fury (2006)

"I still leave speech for Gospel, so match this/Pusha push John P. Kees1 with these sounds of crackness"2

1. Push delivers the gospel for the streets with his music, flooding each track with his raw Pyrex vision—one ki at a time.

2. Playing with the gospel theme, his music provides the same effect as famous Christian acts: John P Kees and the Sound of Blackness.

After listening to his brother [No] Malice's Hear Ye Him album, Pusha decided that he also wanted to take the holy route, forcing him to scrap My Name and record a project full of religious raps.

Track: "Ride Around Shining," Hell Hath No Fury (2006)