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My Name Is My Name

Pusha T

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Pusha T's slow crawl to a debut solo album included the killer mixtape Fear of God II: Let Us Pray, which sure seemed official, being released by Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music with major-label distribution. It stretched the definition of a mixtape fairly far, but West and his team are masters at using smoke and mirrors, as My Name Is My Name is a combination of right place and right time with the results being hot enough to burn up any rulebook. Here, the former Clipse member takes that crew's uncompromising stance into the post-Yeezus and post-Death Grips age with a claustrophobic and tight effort that roars. If ever an album could slap a listener, it's this one or Yeezus, but the big difference is that Pusha is pavement while West is penthouse. With this one, the streets keep rocking with cool and connectable moments, from an album title inspired by the television series The Wire to the idea of inviting Kelly Rowland over for the playful come-on "Let Me Love You" (Pusha offers "I know you think I'm the one, but who doesn't?," a flirty moment that would have never seemed possible while in Clipse). The Rowland cut neatly fits into an album that arcs up to its most approachable moment, because even when Big Sean and 2 Chainz show up on "Who I Am," the guaranteed 2013 hitmakers are thrown into an industrial hip-hop grinder, a challenging moment balanced by a simplistic hook right out of the Busta Rhymes playbook. "Sweet Serenade" is aptly titled, although even Chris Brown and Swizz Beatz can't pull Pusha from the edge, while "40 Acres" with the-Dream lives up to its guest's name as elegant and ethereal production meets the rapper at his most poignant ("Born to mothers who couldn't deal with us/Left by fathers who wouldn't build with us"). "S.N.I.T.C.H." with Pharrell brings some light Neptunes soul into this ominous universe, "Suicide" is a raw Clipse flashback mashing with stuttering electro trap music, and "Hold On" with Rick Ross tastes like well-aged port as an uncredited Kanye brings the sweetness with background singing while the downtrodden lyrics offer the bitter and give the song some serious body. With Pusha's pen at full force and his performance a proper combination of cold and tense, the album is as if Clipse's Hell Hath No Fury were atom-smashed into something more artful and unstable. My Name Is My Name is a remarkable and vital solo debut.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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1
King Push (Album Version (Edited))
Pusha T
00:02:52

Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Paul Bailey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kanye West, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Noah Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, MainArtist - Sebastian Sartor, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Davide Tamburella, ComposerLyricist - Christan Foden, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2013 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

2
Numbers On The Boards (Album Version (Edited))
Pusha T
00:02:42

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Bunny Sigler, ComposerLyricist - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - John Matthews, ComposerLyricist - Chris Martin, ComposerLyricist - Don Cannon, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Kanye West, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Noah Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, MainArtist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Njapa, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony "Latief" King, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2013 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

3
Sweet Serenade (Album Version (Edited))
Pusha T
00:03:39

Chris Brown, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kasseem Dean, ComposerLyricist - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Paul Bailey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kanye West, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Swizz Beatz, Producer - Pusha T, MainArtist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

4
Hold On (Album Version (Edited))
Darhyl "DJ" Camper
00:04:45

Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - W. Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Kanye West, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Hal Ritson, ComposerLyricist - Noah Goldstein, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, MainArtist - Rick Ross, FeaturedArtist - Richard Adlam, ComposerLyricist - Hudson Mohawke, Producer - Ross Birchard, ComposerLyricist - Willis Norman, ComposerLyricist - Darhyl "DJ" Camper, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2013 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

5
Suicide (Album Version (Edited))
Pusha T
00:03:41

Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Rennard East, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Bailey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, MainArtist - Mike Larson, Mixer, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - AB-Liva, FeaturedArtist - Matthew Desrameaux, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gennaro Schiano, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleks White, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

6
40 Acres (Album Version (Edited))
Pusha T
00:04:40

Terius Nash, ComposerLyricist - Patrick Thrall, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Noah Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, MainArtist - The-Dream, FeaturedArtist - Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Producer - Ricardo Lamarre, ComposerLyricist - Rico Beats, Producer

℗ 2013 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

7
No Regrets (Album Version (Edited))
Pusha T
00:04:48

Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Cossom, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jay Jenkins, ComposerLyricist - Paul Bailey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeezy, FeaturedArtist - Noah Goldstein, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, MainArtist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Rey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hudson Mohawke, Producer - Ross Birchard, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Yewah, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2013 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

8
Let Me Love You (Album Version (Edited))
Pusha T
00:03:43

Terius Nash, ComposerLyricist - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Nick Johnsen, ComposerLyricist - Kelly Rowland, FeaturedArtist - Noah Goldstein, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, MainArtist - Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Producer - Glass John, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jeppe Thybo, ComposerLyricist - Bart Schoudel, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

9
Who I Am (Album Version (Edited))
Pusha T
00:03:41

Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Tauheed Epps, ComposerLyricist - Mano, Producer - Sean Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Kanye West, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Noah Goldstein, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, MainArtist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Big Sean, FeaturedArtist - Renée Scroggins, ComposerLyricist - Finis "KY" White, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - 2 Chainz, FeaturedArtist - Emmanuel Nickerson, ComposerLyricist - Kyle Ross, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sey Kwesi, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2013 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

10
Nosetalgia (Album Version (Edited))
Pusha T
00:03:36

Raymond Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Trevor Horn, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Parker, ComposerLyricist - Dominick Lamb, ComposerLyricist - Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Carl Hampton, ComposerLyricist - Scott Larock, ComposerLyricist - Kanye West, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Noah Goldstein, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, MainArtist - Malcolm McLaren, ComposerLyricist - Nottz, Producer - Homer Banks, ComposerLyricist - The Twilite Tone, Producer, Additional Producer - Kendrick Lamar, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Khan, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2013 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

11
Pain (Album Version (Edited))
Shawn "Pecas" Costner
00:04:09

Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Laxmikant Pyarelal, ComposerLyricist - Kanye West, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Noah Goldstein, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pusha T, MainArtist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anand Bakshi, ComposerLyricist - Future, FeaturedArtist - Nayvadius Wilburn, ComposerLyricist - No-ID, Producer, Co-Producer - Che Pope, Programmer - Keith Parry, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shawn "Pecas" Costner, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

12
S.N.I.T.C.H. (Album Version (Edited))
Pusha T
00:04:03

Terrence Thornton, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Bailey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pharrell, FeaturedArtist - Pusha T, MainArtist - Mike Larson, Mixer, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matthew Desrameaux, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gennaro Schiano, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleks White, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./The Island Def Jam Music Group

Album Description

Pusha T's slow crawl to a debut solo album included the killer mixtape Fear of God II: Let Us Pray, which sure seemed official, being released by Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music with major-label distribution. It stretched the definition of a mixtape fairly far, but West and his team are masters at using smoke and mirrors, as My Name Is My Name is a combination of right place and right time with the results being hot enough to burn up any rulebook. Here, the former Clipse member takes that crew's uncompromising stance into the post-Yeezus and post-Death Grips age with a claustrophobic and tight effort that roars. If ever an album could slap a listener, it's this one or Yeezus, but the big difference is that Pusha is pavement while West is penthouse. With this one, the streets keep rocking with cool and connectable moments, from an album title inspired by the television series The Wire to the idea of inviting Kelly Rowland over for the playful come-on "Let Me Love You" (Pusha offers "I know you think I'm the one, but who doesn't?," a flirty moment that would have never seemed possible while in Clipse). The Rowland cut neatly fits into an album that arcs up to its most approachable moment, because even when Big Sean and 2 Chainz show up on "Who I Am," the guaranteed 2013 hitmakers are thrown into an industrial hip-hop grinder, a challenging moment balanced by a simplistic hook right out of the Busta Rhymes playbook. "Sweet Serenade" is aptly titled, although even Chris Brown and Swizz Beatz can't pull Pusha from the edge, while "40 Acres" with the-Dream lives up to its guest's name as elegant and ethereal production meets the rapper at his most poignant ("Born to mothers who couldn't deal with us/Left by fathers who wouldn't build with us"). "S.N.I.T.C.H." with Pharrell brings some light Neptunes soul into this ominous universe, "Suicide" is a raw Clipse flashback mashing with stuttering electro trap music, and "Hold On" with Rick Ross tastes like well-aged port as an uncredited Kanye brings the sweetness with background singing while the downtrodden lyrics offer the bitter and give the song some serious body. With Pusha's pen at full force and his performance a proper combination of cold and tense, the album is as if Clipse's Hell Hath No Fury were atom-smashed into something more artful and unstable. My Name Is My Name is a remarkable and vital solo debut.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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