Pusha T takes on the music industry, "sock puppet" rappers, Li'l Wayne, and the presidential election on his confrontational track "Infrared" off his much-anticipated new album, Daytona, with dropped today.
The 41-year-old Bronx native raps over a 24-Carat Black sample produced by G.O.O.D Music honcho Kanye West.
Pusha questions the legitimacy of President Trump's election ("The bigger question is how the Russians did it?")
And he dismisses establishment rappers (except for Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole) as "sock puppets" who "play in their roles and gimmicks".
Pusha also takes on the failing music industry and fake awards shows that recognize artists depending on whose record label pays the most dividends.
Remember Will Smith won the 1st Grammy,
And they ain't even recognize Hov until Annie
So I don't tap dance for the cra--ers and sing 'Mammy',
'Cause I'm 'posed to juggle these flows and nose candy -- yuck!
Kanye reportedly paid $85,000 for the cover art which features Whitney Houston's drug-strewn bathroom in her suburban Atlanta mansion.
Pusha T - Infrared
Rated 4/5 roses
24-carat Black - I Want to Make Up (sampled track)