Pusha T
My Name Is My Name


3.8
excellent

Review

by Aziz STAFF
October 8th, 2013 | 372 replies


Release Date: 10/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still better than your favorite rapper.

Although Clipse went on a bit of an unofficial hiatus, both members have stayed extremely busy with hip-hop and other ventures. The music is still dripping from their not-so-proverbial tap as slowly as we’ve come to expect it to, but what we are getting isn’t the typical Clipse fare. Malice strayed the path, finding God and followed Mos Def in relinquishing his claim to one of the slickest hip-hop monikers of all time (well, he really just added a “No” to it, but that’s probably much worse) while Pusha, who was almost always outclassed by his elder brother – although a strong case can be made in the form of Hell Hath No Fury – decided to kick-start a solo career on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, returning to his ‘uknowwhatisell’ roots and rhyming about cocaine and the streets over Kanye selections in place of Clipse’s definitive Neptunes joints. But with Malice presently out of the game, and on the meager strength of Pusha T’s solo endeavors (a few hit-and-miss EPs and a handful of show-stealing features) it looked like the younger Thornton brother might have trouble standing up on his own. Malice was always the perfect counterpoint to Pusha’s acerbic, gruff flow, and from what we’ve seen since the brief dissolution of Clipse, Pusha shines on songs for which his task is to only craft one verse, and runs into walls when he’s forced to hold a listener’s attention for the full three minutes. But interestingly enough, on his solo album, the opposite is – to a degree – true, and for all my bluster about the struggles King Push would likely face on his solo album, he is uniformly on point, and if it wasn’t for a smattering of weak features, My Name Is My Name would likely be one of the strongest hip-hop albums of the decade thusfar.

My Name Is My Name is on the whole a very concise effort by Pusha T, whose rhymes are tighter and more focused than ever, and whose strong wordplay and incredible delivery shine brilliantly atop the beat selection. And remember, this isn’t a Clipse album; if the beats aren’t grimy minimalist canvases to Pusha’s seemingly vitriolic disgorge of witticisms (“Numbers on the Boards”, “Pain”), then they’re dark and haunting backdrops to Push’s categorically aggressive braggadocio (just about everything else), with only a pair of notable exceptions: “Suicide”, the Neptunes produced Lord Willin’ throwback, complete with a predictably stale feature from Re-Up Gang compatriot Ab-Liva, and “Let Me Love You”, the only dedicated ‘for-the-bitches’ song on the album, featuring Kelly Rowland singing on one of the album’s only hooks while Push waxes Ma$e on the verse. And again, lyrically Push has probably never been better. Even on songs with shitty features like “No Regrets” and “Who I Am”, he’s able to keep them afloat with his immortal ad-libbing and venomous fury, which makes it worthwhile to at least listen to his first verse if only just to imagine whether bullets actually fly from his mouth when he spits (and songs like “King Push”, “Numbers on the Boards”, and “Pain” make a good argument that maybe they do). Pusha’s storytelling game has gotten much better as well; “Nosetalgia” (seriously, watch the music video; it makes an already great song that much better) sees Push and Kendrick Lamar reminiscing on their experiences growing up during the crack epidemic of the ‘80s, while “S.N.I.T.C.H.”, aside from having an incredibly clever and elaborate acronym for a title and a welcome feature from Pharrell, follows Pusha as he tells the (true?) story of a childhood friend cooperating with the feds in an effort to get out of jail. But not enough can be said about [i]My Name Is My Name[i]’s sleeper highlight “Hold On”, the disgusting piano-driven track drenched in Yeezy genius and layered with poignant introspection from both Push and, surprisingly enough, Rick Ross. Though the album isn’t peppered with tons of standalone quotables, (“a pawn’s only purpose is purely suicidal” might not sound like much by itself, but within the context of the verse it’s mind-blasting) it is laden from top to bottom with stellar, succinct verses, and with Kanye West at the helm of production, My Name Is My Name comes out a near-perfect product, and one of the most satisfying hip-hop releases in recent memory.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2013


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

TREY EIGHT ON COULDA BEEN TRAYVON
BUT INSTEAD I CHOSE AVON

woooo

oltnabrick
October 8th 2013


31611 Comments


All killer, no filler, been iller
Fraud niggas you zoolander, Ben Stiller

klap
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2013


10585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9 | Sound Off

yeeeeeeee

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tommygun
October 8th 2013


25425 Comments


gotta jam

Greyvy
October 8th 2013


5104 Comments


40 acres is my fav from this

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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2013


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

the illest

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2013


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

man 40 acres is one of my least favorite songs off of this but still everything is sooo dope

only song i don't like is let me love you

oltnabrick
October 8th 2013


31611 Comments


asked for this to be on the main page

EaglesBecomeVultures
October 8th 2013


5273 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

baby thighs

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2013


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

awwww much appreciated oltna

MMX
October 9th 2013


4863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

El-P "i am happy pusha t made a good record. not surprised, but happy."

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oltnabrick
October 9th 2013


31611 Comments


sobhi and aids subsequently 5 MNIMN

MMX
October 9th 2013


4863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

47 ratings is pathetic for one of the best hip-hop albums of the year

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2013


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

yeah kind of fucked up tbh i thought everybody knew about this album

oltnabrick
October 9th 2013


31611 Comments


it is currently trending though

MMX
October 9th 2013


4863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just barely

MMX
October 9th 2013


4863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also can I get a remix of Who I am, I love Pusha's verse, but dear god Big Sean ruins the song for me.
The only thing I would change on the album

oltnabrick
October 9th 2013


31611 Comments


we on da home page

and yeah Big Sean ruins everything, it sucks

MMX
October 9th 2013


4863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

we out here fam

Keyblade
October 9th 2013


15442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still gotta bump

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