A little healthy competition never hurt anybody, but Pusha T is not about that life—and neither is his G.O.O.D. Music family. In an interview with Complex the Virginia rapper denied being in a battle for supremacy with Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Crew.
Being that both groups are pretty much running the Hip-Hop game right now, rumors of a potential beef are bound to arise, but Pusha wants to kill that noise early. “I don’t think that G.O.O.D. Music ever considers any of the other labels that are out there. We like the music. We appreciate it. But at the end of the day I think it’s more competitive in-house,” he said. “You’ve got guys like [Big] Sean, who’s like running his little section. You’ve got guys like Common, who will just rap you out of house and home.
“You’ve got guys like myself who, you know… I get busy. You’ve got Kanye. You’ve got [Kid] Cudi in his lane. It’s more of a puzzle trying to get all those different characters and all those different forms or rap to mesh well on a record. [To even] find the right record. Ye’s got to go through his whole production line process before it’s perfect. That’s really what we consider in the studio.”
No one (in their right mind) would argue that Pusha doesn’t hold an above average lyrical skillset, but the fact that Mr. West is his boss, has made him step his game up. “I have never rewritten more verses in my life than right now,” he continued. “Being signed to G.O.O.D. it just comes with the territory, man. These guys are perfectionists. I write verses and already think they’re perfect. At the end of the day, ‘Ye will come through and be like, ‘Ah, no. We can do better or we can edit that out.’ He’s really taught me in a sense of what he’s looking for now, so now I sort of got it down to a science so I don’t got to revisit it so much.”
That same perfectionism may have contributed to the change in the release date of the G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer compilation, which has been moved to Sept. 4.
As for Pusha’s solo project, look for it to drop later this year.
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