Pusha T is conflicted. Earlier this week, while backstage at his Adidas launch party in SoHo (carp-scaled shoes; the sportswear giant didn't go for the national soccer jerseys adorned with cartel names) Push reflected on the day's events. Outside, the streets were choked by the Millions March NYC, where as many as 50,000 protesters fought for justice for the deceased Eric Garner and those who suffered similar fates. "Artists definitely should be speaking out," he told Forbes. "Had I known that this was happening today, I wouldn't have done this event."

While the meaner half of the Clipse has always historically music steeped in baking soda and salvage bags, some of Pusha's new work takes on a more political bent. "Lunch Money" raises age-old questions about 911's trustworthiness; when he got on stage at the Adidas launch, he paused to extend condolences to the families of Garner and Michael Brown.

Pusha also spoke to Forbes about Kanye West's role in the creative process. He explains that Kanye will often direct him to write and record to a specific loop, send Pusha away from the studio, then beckon him back with a finished product over an entirely different instrumental. "It ain't coming back the same," he says.

The "Grindin'" rapper said he's hard at work on King Push, the follow-up to last year's My Name Is My Name. Pusha said to expect an unorthodox record, which—if "Lunch Money" is to serve as a precursor—is a promise on which he will likely deliver.


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