During a recent interview with XXL, Pusha T spoke about the upcoming release of his sophomore solo album, King Push. With the new project, the Virginia native hopes to top the critical success of his solo debut, My Name is My Name, by continuing to emphasize lyricism but adding features that were missing from MNIMN.
“I’m going for Album of the Year, man. That’s it. Straight up, lyric-driven, of course,” said Pusha. “I feel like My Name is My Name was very stripped down—on purpose—because I just felt like people weren’t rapping enough for my taste. I didn’t want to be in that category, and I wanted to show people this is what I’m about. [But] I want to infuse more elements of music into King Push; paint the pictures and smash them with the lyrics.”
Kanye West is slated to serve as executive producer of the project, with assistance from Nottz, Baauer, Hudson Mohawke and long-time collaborators, The Neptunes. Thus far, the album includes no collaborations with other rappers. “I have no features on it as of right now, but I’m well into six joints,” Pusha said. “I don’t do extra records. But I am going to try and do a deluxe [album] this time. Simply because I got the time, but it’s just all about finding the records. I don’t make records and say, ‘Oh, that one falls short of the bar.’ I can’t put anything that falls short of the bar on the album.”
At present, King Push does not have an official release date.