Pusha T Opens Up About His Love For Angela Davis And His Ideal Supergroup
For a guy gearing up to release his debut solo LP this summer, Pusha T's been around a really long time. It's easy to forget it's been 11 years since The Clipse's breakout single "Grindin'" entered the Billboard Hot 100. The Neptunes-produced cut established Pusha and his brother Malice as versatile rhyme-slingers with a Southern drawl, and Pusha definitely used it as a good jumping off point for his career.
Over the years, he's put out three Clipse albums, co-founded the Re-Up Gang record label, and has recently pursued a solo career as an artist on Kanye's GOOD Music imprint. But as much as Pusha's done in his career, he's been asked. So, XXL recently caught up with the VA emcee after his show at NYC's B.B. King's and asked him a few questions he's not used to being asked, including which woman in history he has a thing for, and who he thinks is the most slept-on GOOD Music artist. Check out what he had to say.—Interview conducted by Abrea Armstrong.
Why he won’t cut his hair:
"I feel like when you create the mold, it’s up to you to break the mold. I’ve always had hair, though. It's a Virginia thing. But if I cut my hair off, I'd be just as good of a rapper. I just like it in the sense of who I'm around, like Sean, Ye, and Common, I just have to differentiate myself in every way, including aesthetics. I want to stand out with everything I do."
Who he thinks is the most slept-on member of GOOD Music:
"CyHi The Prynce. I feel like CyHi rhymes really, really good. I don’t think people have given him a true, true listen and those who do, love him. I just want him to be heard more."
The woman he admires most:
"Angela Davis. I just learned the other day about how she was at the top of the Black Panther Party, and how high-ranking she was. Her conviction and her ability to hold her own in a room full of men… I just feel like it's very important for women to be sure of themselves. And for her, to be the most high-ranking person in the Black Panther movement amongst a million men, you have to be pretty sure of yourself and strong. When it comes to women, I like strong women who know everything. I want them to be leaders."
His ideal supergroup would be:
"My ideal supergroup would have to include Notorious B.I.G., because he's the greatest rapper to ever live. Then I would have Jay-Z, just because he's the all-around best. He's a businessman, he's a lyrical guy, and he's got all the style with it. He's really a winner. Then I feel like you have to get Foxy Brown, and The Neptunes on production. Three spitters and a dope production team."