Whether with the Clipse or solo, Pusha T’s never stacked the record sales his talent would dictate. But he’s totally fine with that, and on “Blocka” he makes it clear that his, er, “side gig,” has him covered. Pusha’s an innovative rapper in content and totally myopic in topic; he’s rapped about the dope game since he started, and will likely do so until the end. So he’ll more likely be G.O.O.D. Music’s Raekwon than their Method Man, and that’s fine, so long as he keeps coming up with rich imagery and smart punchlines found on “Blocka.” Appearing as though they don’t need to rap is one of the most sought-after images for rappers, and it’s a little hard to believe here, due to the outlandish scale Pusha claims for his operation. But it’s for sure a catchy tune with Popcaan’s patois-inflected hook brings Young Chop’s cascading beat to the dancehall
Pusha’s new mixtape The Wrath of Caine will be released before the end of the year.