Pusha-T on which Jadakiss Verse inspired him to be vulnerable in music

It’s officially King Push season, with Pusha-T gearing up to release his highly-anticipated album produced half by Kanye and half by Neptunes. It’s almost dry.

In a recent interview with Supreme’s new creative director, Tremaine Emory for Interview magazine, Push explained how Jadakiss’ verse to The Lox’s “Chest to Chest” showed him how vulnerable and dope rappers can be at the same time.

“Jada has one of the most poignant verses I’ve ever heard,” Push explained. “‘It’s a shame he can make love crime rhyme n***a. Every late night, he out with the nine. You got no chips, fuck the world. You got chips, you could fucking the neighbor’s girlfriend. Sounds harsh, but they tore my world apart. When Jada spat that bar, that’s when I thought to myself, wait a minute, you can be vulnerable in rap and get doped. Because that at that time everyone was such a superhero. No one ever lost. I had never heard anyone admit defeat in rap.

Elsewhere in the interview, the “Diet Coke” rapper also opened up about when his brother, No Malice, approached him and let him know he should go solo.

“I will never forget it,” he began. “We were overseas, during the festival, and he just came into my room and handed me a handwritten book, and he said, ‘Yo, I’m going to write this book. But I think you should go solo and do your thing. I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m with you.’ Warning, this book has pages. I was like, ‘When did you find the time to give me this manila envelope that’s full of greatness?’ How it looked on the outside, that’s how it really went. It’s the drug thing [the final Clipse album] Until the coffin falls. He took it out in all the bars. He was like, ‘I got out, and this is stupid, and we’re taking losses, half the crew just got locked up for 20+ years. And I have to watch my children. It was a lot.

Push also touched on the idea that rapping is a young man’s game, saying he thinks he’ll always be able to perform at a high level as long as his mind is sharp and he still has a competitive edge.

“As long as my mind is sharp and I live and compete mentally, I feel like it never has to end,” he said. “Some of my favorite rappers, guys I put their posters on my wall, I saw them in their prime and I see them today. And I was like, “Damn man, I hate how you look.”

Pusha’s next album has yet to receive a release date, but the rapper recently announced his It’s Almost Dry Tour Phase 1, which will span multiple US cities.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 8.

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