Pusha T discusses ‘Cruel Summer’, debut solo album + more

G.O.O.D. Music representative Pusha T is tied to a number of highly-awaited releases from his label camp, but all of them, up to this point, have been relatively under wraps. Speaking to Billboard recently, the Virginia native shed light – at least as much light as he can – on the G.O.O.D. compilation album, Cruel Summer, which is a little over a fortnight away from release. As it turns out, Pusha doesn’t know a whole lot more than the rest of us.

“I’m in the dark just as much as you guys,” he explained. “Nothing is conventional with these guys. It’s to the point now, and it’s so bad, because [Kanye West]’s been so unconventional… that people won’t even accept conventional shit from him. I know we’re not gonna start now.”

The rapper used the recent BET Awards performance as the perfect case in point for ‘Ye‘s secret ways. Apparently, it wasn’t just the audience that was in for the surprise.

“I’m like, ‘Yo, what are we gonna do for the BET Awards?’ He goes, ‘Oh, I got something.’ I walk out, it’s like a fucking 50-foot fucking Lamborghini!’ You know what he tells us? He tells us things like what color to wear. ‘Hey, bring white or black.’ ‘Okay, what are we doing?’ ‘Bring white or black.'”

Having put out his first solo release, the Fear of God mixtape, and following with the rehashed Fear of God II: Let Us Pray EP last year, Pusha Ton’s currently-untitled debut solo album is in good stead for one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Speaking on the LP, which is to be executive produced by The-Dream and due out sometime in October, the Clipse man promises fans a “dark” and “cinematic” listen.

“It’s cinematic in the sense that I wanted to make a dark album,” he said. “I see music in colors and try to put it in a physical perspective at times, and I saw it as like, if I had to name a movie, ‘The Devil’s Advocate.’ You know, ‘Devil’s Advocate’ was a very dark movie. It dealt with very dark themes, but to the naked eye, it was total beauty.

“You have total beauty and total greatness. You have the wizardry of Al Pacino, the beauty of Charlize Theron, at the time the go-to guy of Keanu, and at the same time it dealt with like this demonic man in [the field of] law. You would see a beautiful woman changing in front of Charlize and you’d look at her and she’d be beautiful and then there’d be a monster under her. I feel like that’s what my album is.”

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