Pusha T Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Re-Up Gang “Hate It Or Love It” (2005)

Produced by: Cool & Dre

Pusha T: “That was such a personal verse for me. That goes back to ‘The Funeral.’ I was saying like I was fucking wit E and them, E was my road manager. E was fucking wit K, K was a well-known 'Get Money' guy back in the day. Then K got killed and Shampoo came home from jail and then he started placing 'em. Then Poo died and 'I can’t tell you who was replacing him/Cause he’s still living and I ain’t trying to catch a case wit him.'

“It was a gang of us. And at different points in time, there was always one guy that was above the rest that was helping to feed the family. K was there, K died. Then Poo came home, Poo was up there, he died. Then the other guy who just recently went to jail. He was home as well. I couldn’t say his name at the time because well...you know.

“Then there were lines in that about a friend of mine who I had went to Miami with one time. I had two friends, one was female and one was a guy. The female, she used to help me out a lot. She was making money out here too. So anyway, I went to Miami one year and I flew the girl down there. And the guy went and broke into the girl’s house and took everything knowing that we were both in Miami. And so when I came back, she went back home first and she was like, ‘Oh my God! Somebody broke into my house and they took everything.’

“So he comes, he robs her, and then he eventually died of cancer. I’d tell him that he still my man because I sure wish he was still here to this day. When he died, it killed me. I found out after he’d died that he did it. But what I didn’t know was that she was sleeping with him as well. She could have been having sex with that man and it wouldn’t have mattered. But had I known that they were, she couldn’t have been in the position that she was in with certain things.

“So, in all actuality, I don’t know if he really broke into the house or they just got together and was like, ‘Yo, it’s all in there. Just go in there and we’ll split it up later. Fuck him.’ [Laughs.] They coulda really did that to me too. I don’t know. She swears to God that’s not what happened and he died so I’ll never really know. All I know is that I really miss the fuck outta him man. And that girl is still around. She’s a perfectly cool girl to this day."

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