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Pusha T|King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

Pusha T

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A teaser for an upcoming album, Pusha T's 2015 effort is uneven, odd, and hard to navigate, but like his cohort Kanye West, this rapper remains an unstoppable artist, even when presented in shards and strange experiments. King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude comes with plenty of examples of both, but the MC pushes out honest and riveting lyrics like "They call him a 'crack dealer'/I am like Warhol/Gonna paint a picture of a bullet for all y'all" ("Keep Dealing") at an amazing rate, so navigating even his more "difficult" releases yields plenty of gold. He's also a Warhol who is more proud of his cocaine-dealing days than his current status of revered rapper plus CEO of Kanye West's GOOD Music label, an attitude fleshed out on "M.F.T.R.," which stands for "More Famous Than Rich." A Notorious B.I.G. sample and an infectious Timbaland beat make "Untouchable" an approachable single, then Timbaland returns for a wonderfully weird number dubbed "Retribution." The biggest surprise from the production department has to be "Harlem Shake" man Baauer constructing a Michael Bay-worthy, cinematic soundtrack for the closing "Sunshine" with Jill Scott. The album just doesn't flow as well as his monolithic 2013 effort My Name Is My Name, but as a mere "prelude" to the next LP, it's miles above "throwaway" and comes with the quality control that would put it in the top tiers of both the mixtape and street release formats.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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1
Intro Explicit
00:02:33

Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Puff Daddy, Producer - Pusha T, MainArtist - McCoy, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Leland Wayne, ComposerLyricist - G Koop, Producer, Additional Producer, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Metro Boomin, Producer - Robert Ulsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lee Sanchez, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Untouchable Explicit
00:03:09

Tim Mosley, ComposerLyricist - Mark Richardson, ComposerLyricist - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Tracey Horton, ComposerLyricist - Timbaland, Producer - Christopher Wallace, ComposerLyricist - Pusha T, MainArtist - Chris Godbey, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - Milli Beatz, Producer - Robert Ulsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jetmir Milli Salii, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
M.F.T.R. Explicit
00:04:07

Terius Nash, ComposerLyricist - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Bailey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Samuels, ComposerLyricist - Pusha T, MainArtist - The-Dream, FeaturedArtist - McCoy, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hudson Mohawke, Producer, Additional Producer - Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Producer, Additional Producer - Boi-1da, Producer - Frank Dukes, Producer - Bart Schoudel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Adam Feeney, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ulsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Crutches, Crosses, Caskets Explicit
00:02:24

Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - MARIO WINANS, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Puff Daddy, Producer - Pusha T, MainArtist - McCoy, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maurice Jordan, ComposerLyricist - Carlton Mays Jr., ComposerLyricist - Abraham Williams, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Ulsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yung Dev, Producer, Additional Producer - Sean C and LV, Producer, Additional Producer - DA Honorable C.N.O.T.E, Producer, Additional Producer

℗ 2015 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
M.P.A. Explicit
00:04:45

Mark Batson, ComposerLyricist - Terius Nash, ComposerLyricist - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - J. Cole, Producer, Additional Producer - Hector Delgado, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kanye West, Producer, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Noah Goldstein, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, MainArtist - The-Dream, FeaturedArtist - McCoy, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - A$AP Rocky, FeaturedArtist - Rakim Mayers, ComposerLyricist - Che Pope, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ulsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Got Em Covered Explicit
00:03:15

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Tim Mosley, ComposerLyricist - Ricardo Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Timbaland, Producer - Pusha T, MainArtist - Chris Godbey, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - AB-Liva, FeaturedArtist - Milli Beatz, Producer - Jetmir Milli Salii, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Keep Dealing Explicit
00:04:11

Dwight Grant, ComposerLyricist - Nashiem Myrick, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Puff Daddy, Producer - Pusha T, MainArtist - Beanie Sigel, FeaturedArtist - McCoy, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Ulsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Donald Davidson, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Retribution Explicit
00:03:18

Tim Mosley, ComposerLyricist - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Timbaland, Producer - Rico Love, ComposerLyricist - Pusha T, MainArtist - Chris Godbey, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kehlani, FeaturedArtist - Kehlani Parrish, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Death, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2015 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
F.I.F.A. Explicit
00:02:18

Kamaal Fareed, ComposerLyricist - David Kennedy, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Blair Wells, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Q-Tip, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, MainArtist - Casey Benjamin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Gloria Kaba, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Ulsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Sunshine Explicit
00:03:13

Mano, Producer - Claudio Ghiglino, ComposerLyricist - Kanye West, Producer - Fabian Marasciullo, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gianfranco Reverberi, ComposerLyricist - Pusha T, MainArtist - Jill Scott, FeaturedArtist - McCoy, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Susan Duncan-Smith, ComposerLyricist - Baauer, Producer - Robert Ulsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

A teaser for an upcoming album, Pusha T's 2015 effort is uneven, odd, and hard to navigate, but like his cohort Kanye West, this rapper remains an unstoppable artist, even when presented in shards and strange experiments. King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude comes with plenty of examples of both, but the MC pushes out honest and riveting lyrics like "They call him a 'crack dealer'/I am like Warhol/Gonna paint a picture of a bullet for all y'all" ("Keep Dealing") at an amazing rate, so navigating even his more "difficult" releases yields plenty of gold. He's also a Warhol who is more proud of his cocaine-dealing days than his current status of revered rapper plus CEO of Kanye West's GOOD Music label, an attitude fleshed out on "M.F.T.R.," which stands for "More Famous Than Rich." A Notorious B.I.G. sample and an infectious Timbaland beat make "Untouchable" an approachable single, then Timbaland returns for a wonderfully weird number dubbed "Retribution." The biggest surprise from the production department has to be "Harlem Shake" man Baauer constructing a Michael Bay-worthy, cinematic soundtrack for the closing "Sunshine" with Jill Scott. The album just doesn't flow as well as his monolithic 2013 effort My Name Is My Name, but as a mere "prelude" to the next LP, it's miles above "throwaway" and comes with the quality control that would put it in the top tiers of both the mixtape and street release formats.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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