Pusha T Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Kanye West f/ Pusha T & Others "Christian Dior Denim Flow" (2010)

Produced by: Kanye West

Pusha T: “Listen man, you’re with Kanye West. You put a lot of thought into everything cause he’s going all out all the time. All eyes are on him so you know you can’t lax, you cannot slow down, you can’t falter. The world is literally watching so with that being the case it’s like, man, you definitely have to fall in line.

“And we’re all really busy. [With G.O.O.D. Fridays] it was never really that situation where we’re all here doing a posse cut. It never works out like that. For example, I could have been in Miami and Kanye is like, ‘Yo, get on this beat real quick.’ And I didn’t know until you guys knew on Friday who is going to be on the songs. I have a skeleton beat and I have a hook or an idea. I just basically go off on that. It’s never like a real collective, thought-out thing. G.O.O.D. Fridays was just a real fun verse thing.

“[The reason I spit that line about salmon colored suit I wore at the VMAs was because], that was a great look. I loved it. Mushka Bergen—she’s with Italian Vogue—she helped put it together and you know Kanye was the one that made that happen. She’s extremely intense, passionate. She saw me and she was like, ‘Oh my God! Your skin is so beautiful. Oh, you’re so dark I need you to wear this size.’ She’s very high fashion and you know high fashion doesn’t always catch the eye of someone like myself.

“I think ‘Ye got a big fucking kick out of some of her fabric choices and watching me get totally flustered and deny them. There were certain materials that were silky and three sizes too small that she was trying to get me to try on. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. She was like, ‘No, no, no, I just need to see it.’ I just said, ‘Baby, I’m sorry I know myself.’ We can’t really do it right now. But it all worked out for the best.”

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