Pusha T Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Re-Up Gang “Pussy” (2004)

Produced by: The Neptunes

Pusha T: “‘Pussy’ was the first record that was supposed to come off of the second Clipse album. ‘Pussy’ is a record I love to perform. More than anything, I remember the beat and I remember Pharrell making the hook solely. I remember hearing the beat and was like, ‘Oh my god.’ And Pharrell saying, ‘You know I got a hook for it right?’ And I was like, ‘What?’ And when he said that shit to me I thought it was the most ingenious hook I had ever heard in my life.

“But it got really tricky, with the label. Like when we did ‘Pussy’ they were like, ‘Damn, we can’t get this on the radio.’ Everything was just radio, radio, radio. No one wanted to touch it. The label was telling me, ‘Your vocals have evolved. You don’t even sound like yourself anymore.’ I was just like, ‘Nah, I’m harnessing the ghost man. You don’t get it yet.’ And so then once we didn’t put out the album, ‘Pussy’ just became one of those cult things"

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