Pusha T talks about his relationship with Kanye West, Drake, making Daytona, heading up G.O.O.D. Music and the early days of the Clipse in Virginia Beach in this public lecture as part of Red Bull Music Festival Berlin 2018. #RBMA20 #rap
1:44 – Growing up in Virginia Beach
14:38 – Breaking through with “Grindin’”
22:04 – Clipse on hiatus
28:22 – Working with Kanye West
36:40 – Making Daytona
59:17 – The importance of competition
Born in the Bronx and raised in Virginia Beach, Terrence LeVarr Thornton, better known as Pusha T, is one of the most influential rappers alive. Thornton began his music career in 1992 when he and his brother No Malice formed rap duo Clipse. Their albums Lord Willin’ (2002) and Hell Hath No Fury (2006), both of which were produced by The Neptunes, are accepted masterworks of the genre, each elevating the sonic scope and lyricism of street rap. Together they founded Re-Up Records and released a handful of mixtapes, but eventually parted ways to pursue solo careers on the heels of their third studio album, 2009’s ’Til the Casket Drops. Since signing to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music in 2010, Thornton has released three studio albums on G.O.O.D. Music and Def Jam Recordings. His 2018 album Daytona, which was produced exclusively by Kanye West, is arguably his strongest and most cohesive effort yet.
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