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The G.O.O.D. Music album, Cruel Summer, may have suffered an early leak, but that hasn’t stopped Pusha T from plugging away in the studio.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Pusha spoke over the phone while out in Hawaii recording tracks for his solo album. While there, Kanye West and the G.O.O.D. Music team joined him in another late night session. The next morning, Pusha talked about the sound direction of his album, the supposed shots by Drake towards G.O.O.D. Music, and why he left out West in his 25 favorite albums list.
On the sound of his solo debut album similar to "Hell":
Right. That's the irony of it all, I believe. I feel like the beauty of it is just all skin-deep. The album, sonically, has these beautiful fucking sound beds. Sonically, it has this level of upper echelon of musicality. And then when you delve deep into the lyrics, it's like the darkness is just overpowering. It's like sweet and sour.
On Drake's comments at Made In America festival:
At the end of the day – I guess just speaking on our behalf – we don't give a fuck what Drake says. Like, we don't care. In regards to us, that shit doesn't matter. Like, if you want to talk about the G.O.O.D. Music today and 2 Chainz, we had a mishap, because we have a record that is performed by four different people every night of the week and everybody has different edits of it. Ye's verse – where the beat switches up and it's really chant-y – gets edited out of a lot of people's sets. Just to keep the momentum of the song going and just keeping the show clean and concise. None of us was told, but Chainz wasn't told that Ye wasn't doing his portion of the record [at Made in America].
It was a mishap, man! I mean, fuck! People have mishaps. But I mean, Chainz is so fuckin' charismatic, he just walks out. I personally would've just rapped his fuckin' verse, because I heard it, but I didn't want to overstep my boundaries because fans didn't know he was there. So, you know, whatever. We talked about it in the back. Chainz wasn't bitter about it. He was just like, "I could've knocked it out. It could've been crazier had I been on time with it or had I known we were doing that edit." All of this shit is off the cuff, and all of us is all over the country, and we're just coming together to do the Made in America festival.
It was a thing of paying homage to this new festival. It was a great experience, it was a great look, being a part of something that Ye obviously wanted us to be a part of. It wasn't a big production thing where we practiced this shit. Even I came out off-cue! I should've laid back a little bit, but we were rocking to it. That's what the fuck we do – we don't give a fuck. So, if that was the way you should've brought 2 Chainz out [Laughs.], then I'm glad Drake got to do it, and I'm glad that Chainz got the look, and I'm sure people were happy. Other than the shot thing, we don't give a fuck. We definitely ain't thinking about no shots.
On leaving Kanye West off last year's Top 25 Favorite Albums list:
I'm just a fan of a certain type of music. It's like a guy who just likes to watch horror films. I just like that controversial level of hip-hop – street hip-hop, controversial, that type of aggressive hip-hop. It's not that I didn't fuck with Ye's albums – I fuck with his albums, but I dealt with them in a certain capacity and a certain lane. I kick the record and I have it in my crib, but it's not what I'm putting on when I'm going to the club . . . until I get to my favorite song that's ever been made, and that's "Can't Tell Me Nothin'."
[via Rolling Stone]