Pusha-T DAYTONA is a strong contender for best album from Kanye’s Wyoming sessions. He certainly feels that way, remarking in a new interview that the project is his “Purple Tape”, in reference to Raekwon’s 1995 masterpiece.
Speaking with VEVO, Pusha not only breaks down the paths Only built 4 Cuban Linx… shaped his album, but also the search for 25 songs that he pursued with Kanye West to discover the “feeling” of DAYTONA.
“The 25 songs was a process that I feel like… It’s something that me and Ye have never done together,” Pusha said. “Being in Wyoming, being in Utah, we were looking for a feeling. I didn’t know at the time what he was asking for. He just said, ‘Give me 25 songs you like… Just whatever you like: R&B, rap, whatever you like, tell me very quickly.
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“As we were listing the songs, you know, I was saying things – ‘Incarcerated Scarfaces’, ‘Glaciers of Ice’ – some records I was putting out. Listening to those songs, we were taking them off the list and he was saying things like “It’s the feeling! If the disc won’t play and feel like that, see, we know something’s about to happen. You know something’s about to be crazy…” If he can’t evoke that feeling, then that’s not what we’re putting on the album.
Clearly, Pusha and Kanye’s approach worked wonders. Not only is DAYTONA one of the best rap releases of 2018, but the project also features some of the best anticipation beats of the year. The opening notes of “The Games We Play” are sure to excite anyone.
Beyond Pusha-T, this approach speaks to the importance and impact of creating and immersing yourself in what you love. Music made from a place of passion will always overshadow an artist going through the motions of the creative process.
Kanye’s suggestion that Pusha retreat and explore what he loves might just be the reason DAYTONA is Pusha-T’s strongest solo effort to date.