So, you downloaded the latest product from G.O.O.D Music and you’re overly surprised at how into this mixtape you are. Here’s the thing, considering the project has production from Yeezy, Harry Fraud, !llMind and Jake-One, you should be impressed. Pusha T has successfully catapulted himself out of the pigeon hole that The Neptunes (oh, they produce a track on this too) had placed him in. Now, many haters out there, including justifable Kanye haters are going to say that this is much ado about nothing, that the Twitter hype (which is extensive) surrounding this ‘mixtape’ is nothing more than a by -product of Kanyeshian fever. No doubt a Kanye co-sign will do much for your career (see Cyphi Da Prince). Alas, said hate would be premature and misinformed, this album bumps extremely hard, and is surely appreciated by both Main, Wall, and The Street. This Jake-One joint is my fave, though that !llMind one is also bath salts.
One logistical point slash thought. What is up with the multiple versions of spelling for “caine”? I’ve seen both Cain and Caine, including on Pusha T’s own tweets/social networking push. Seems minor yet amateur hour. Speaking of different ways to spell “caine”, it would be a misstep on your behalf not to acquaint yourself with Singapore Kane’s mixtape “Wrath of Kane”, a ZIF sponsored project from a ZIF HOFer. Here be the links.
I attended an URB Magazine listening party for the Cool Kids back in ’08 I believe, back when URB actually had an office, and a publication for that matter. I recall the overwhelming response the crowd had when “Black Mags” was performed live by the young duo. I thought to myself, “this is great, but do these guys have staying power?” Well, they went on to forge one of the more meteoric rises in recent hip hop memory. The kids were quickly dripping in major tour money and thrust into the MTVU harbor as a flagship group. But much like Outkast, solo projects often reveal areas of concern previously overshadowed by the necessary concessions made during the creative process as a group. Let me first say, that Chuck Inglish is clearly a wunderkind when it comes to production, his list of clients has reached astronomically respectable proportions. However, Mikey Rocks, now Sir Michael Rocks, has left with me some pangs when presented with his new solo material. First of all, I’m not a Mac Miller fan, and Mikey’s decision to open up for him on his tour along with the recent joint they dropped is just bad looks all around. Secondly, I feel like Sir Mike is sounding more and more like a fusion of just too many artists out there. Think Curren$y meets Casey Veggies meets Wiz. There was a time when I could tell you exactly what Mikey Rocks sounded like and what made him unique, of course he was embedded within a duo at that time and I was reading a magazine that doesn’t exist anymore. Judge this track as you will, it’s the first leak from “Lap Of Lux 1.5, which will be available via Datpiff.com on Thursday, December 6th, here.
I actually don’t hate this track, I do however believe it stands out not. I think that the production on this EP is strong, Harry Fraud and Chuck should carry this into a successful drop. I just hope Mikey has something to say about it as well.