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Pusha T - My Name is My Name PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas Rodwell   
04 11 2013

Image A declaration right from the title, My Name Is My Name is quite simply a statement on how music should be done by New York rapper Pusha T. ‘King Push' has worked with just about every great in hip hop, and the man described as ‘the last of the gangster rappers' finally dropped an album of his own this week.

Immediately apparent is Kanye West's influence on the record. Not only were his label G.O.O.D Music behind the project, but West himself produced seven of the 12 tracks; one of which (Hold On) featured his unaccredited backing vocal. Intentionally or otherwise, Yeezy has thereby forced Pusha to share the spotlight on his own debut, as well as spark the inevitable comparisons between his own ‘Yeezus'. And that's unfair. Pusha T is among hip hop's hottest prospects, but he has yet to reach the ground-breaking standards of his mentor.

Ironically Kendrick Lamar's appearance in ‘Nosetalgia' is one of the album's highlights but again leaves Pusha fighting for attention. The moment Kendrick menacingly asks: ‘You wanna see a dead body?', it's hard to remember you aren't listening to his own ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City'. And with Kendrick coming after Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Kelly Rowland, Big Sean and 2 Chainz amongst others, Pusha is left as more of an All Star than the MVP he should be on his own album.

Despite that, My Name Is My Name does have some real highlights, including the previously released ‘Numbers On The Boards', which showcases Pusha's lyrical ability sublimely: ‘Givenchy fitting like it's gym clothes, we really gym stars, I'm like D. Rose'. "Let Me Love You" with Kelly Rowland shows true diversity, and though it may be radio-motivated, the versatility demonstrated by Pusha is a plus. ‘40 Acres' is the undoubted headline track of MNIMN though; a track so powerful Push claimed it took him three days to write.

What Pusha T has managed is remarkable, in that despite the numerous features, his album is unique to any other in recent memory. Sadly though, while My Name Is My Name is a solid debut, ultimately Pusha doesn't compare to his peers' ‘College Dropout', ‘Reasonable Doubt' and ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City' in terms of innovation and imagination.

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