Happy DAYTONA Week, Earth. This is the moment we've all been waiting for. After a name change and several scrapped iterations, the new Pusha-T is finally upon us. The seven-track DAYTONA is packed with enough lyrical excellence to last weeks' worth of articles like this, but one line in particular—an obvious Drake reference on "Infrared"—is receiving a great deal of attention.
In a new interview with Genius Thursday, King Push said he's simply speaking his truth. "I mean, you know, I feel like everybody thought that 'Two Birds, One Stone,' you know, that was Pusha and Cudi-aimed, so on and so forth, and that was fine, you know what I’m saying?" he said around the 21:20 mark in the video above. "I heard it, I felt like, OK, I can't have an argument about how real I am. Let's not do that. If it's rap, let's let it be that. I'm just speaking my truth on this. I mean, I don't think it's anything disputable."
Elsewhere, Pusha discussed the creative groove he's currently in with Kanye West and the 2015 death of tour manager De'Von Pickett. "'Santeria,' that was basically me getting out my frustrations and having to make the conscious decision of being creative or really just going there when you have that type of power right now," he said. "In all honesty, I have all the power that I was speaking of in that song."
As for Kanye, Pusha—about seven minutes into the interview—revealed his initial reaction to hearing the "Lift Yourself" fake-out on his "What Would Meek Do?" verse. Catch the full 35-minute deep-dive up top.