Do bricks of cocaine get more refined with age? I'm not asking for a friend, I'm asking because it's the only explanation that will validate the cruel wait Pusha Ton is forcing us to endure as we await his next drug dealing opus. Thankfully, in the two plus years since his last project—which, remember, he billed as an appetizer for the album we're still waiting on—the stars have aligned to position King Push (is it still really called King Push? who knows?) as an inevitable classic.
The only thing that sounds better than Pharrell and Chad behind the boards is an album entirely produced by a self-exiled, Wyoming lampin' Kanye West. And Pusha just turned 40. You can't tell me the Pablo of coke raps won't be at his most charged up when his age correlates with a kilo. Also, I'm still not letting him off the hook from Drake's insolence on "Two Birds, One Stone." The question of quality is a non-issue, it's just a matter of timing. —Frazier Tharpe