I didn't fully believe Kanye when he promised all that new music. I wanted to, but let's face it—the man has been volatile lately.

But Pusha T's DAYTONA is here as promised, right on schedule. It goes a long way in allaying doubts about Kanye's newfound interest in politics affecting his music—he's listed as principal producer on seven tracks, decelerating a piece of Air's "Twelve O'Clock Satanial" for the staggering opener "If You Know You Know."

But enough about Kanye—Pusha reminds us why he's one of the greats as soon as the beat drops, weaving disparate references and a king's delivery seamlessly into the mix.  DAYTONA​​​​​ is, somehow, another level up for an artist already at the top. —Graham Corrigan