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Pusha T, Wrath Of Caine Review

Pusha T channels his inner Lazarus on the opener to Wrath Of Caine, the highly anticipated prelude to his My Name Is My Name solo debut. The same way the aforesaid biblical figure was said to have risen from the dead, P declares his return on the intro’s opening line “The dead has arisen,” thereby also picking up where Fear of God II: Let Us Pray’s “Changing of the Guards” left off (“Gunshots going off that’ll awake the dead”). But that’s not to say that he’s been gone for a while or rather returning from a hiatus, instead this is the G.O.O.D. Music golden child’s way of bringing back the core street element of rap—you know the days of harrowing black hoodie verses and rolling-down-your-car-windows-in-the-winter anthems.

The first moment that resembles such toasted epoch off Wrath Of Caine is on “Doesn’t Matter.” Sure P cooks up heat rock with “Millions,” the track’s predecessor, but on “Doesn’t Matter” he’s at his core—scoffing at those loudmouth attention seekers who always has something to say. “There’s a meaning to the kissin’ of the ring/The gods don’t mingle with the mortals/Peasants ain’t sittin’ with the kings/Goliath ain’t worried ’bout your sling/And Cassius ain’t bothered by your swings,” the rapper swipes, while French Montana’s signature ham-handed chorus blankets the Renegades-produced backdrop. Another is found on “I Am Forgiven,” the ’tape’s closer, where he gives us a glance into his bird eye view (double entendre!). “Although it’s cliché, the devil had a hold of me/This greedy motherfucker couldn’t put the blow away…I ask forgiveness lord, in hopes of getting more/Then beg forgiveness for the same thing he forgave me for.”

On the Harry Fraud-produced “Road Runner” (with Troy Ave) he goes trafficking that four letter and scribes more of his drug dealer Picassos and money-making memoirs on the Wale-assisted “Only You Can Tell It.” “Aston Martin, DBS, James Bond cool as James Todd/Best nigga to make hits and run base since A-Rod,” he brags on the latter track before gilding some more, “Coke ties, that coke dries, it’s cemented, it’s baked on/Yuugh! That’s based on, the life of a nigga who ain’t said nothin’.”

Clocking at a little over half an hour, Wrath Of Caine, although a quick fix, serves as an overall potent listen. It’s no doubt that Pusha is at his best—displaying the same championed vernacular that’s crowned him underground king since he first instructed “Playas we ain’t the same, I’m into ’caine and guns,” on his Clipse advent LP, Lord Willin’. Succinct while covering all necessary bases—“Blocka” and “Take My Life” successfully marries the streets with its kissing cousin, reggae—WOC is another batch of pure dope that only Neighborhood P could’ve provided.

All hail the ’caine.—Ralph Bristout (@RalphieBlackmon)

  • Danny _ GettingPaper

    Beats L. Some nice beats here and there, esp Harry Fraud’s, but pretty much standard for a major label mixtape. Also, I know this has nothing to do with the actual beats, but the songs are in horrible quality. I know its just a free mixtape but still.

    Lyrics XL. Push is Push, nothing more to it. Some guests provide some rlly corny lyrics though.

    Originality L. Doesn’t rlly stand out, however with a lyricist such as Pusha no one expects Death Grips type of experimentation.

    • james

      like a reviewer u suck tho

  • InaG

    Oh god,this old washed up virginia farmboy and his deluded drug dealer fantasies…

    • kj

      there are no farms round here in the 7 cities fool

    • THE GREAT

      come visit VA

      • InaG

        im not into travelin back in time, sorry

  • THE GREAT

    Farms stop it come see for urself!

    • InaG

      Glad u agree on deluded bit

  • BOSSIE J

    kevin Gates song is the best

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Kriese/679741033 Josh Kriese

    Trash

  • Feb 9

    i thought the lyrics was xxl

  • WhereIsMy304s

    I liked this tape.