Pusha T
DAYTONA


4.7
superb

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
June 25th, 2018 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How do you respond?

The single best metaphor for Kanye West’s sessions in Wyoming is his interplay with Pusha T on “What Would Meek Do"” Both of them muse on what they do when people are talking shi. When they talk shi to Push" He juggles references to Dave Chapelle and Frank Sinatra, exhausting every possible angle of his trapper turned rapper narrative. He flexes that little bit harder on anyone that dares to bite back, spiting, growling, and leering. He gives his foes that much more space to move in before he shrugs them off with a devastating, complex insult. He uses his lyrical prowess as a slanderous, insulting weapon. When they talk shit to Kanye"

Poop, Scoop!

He doesn’t care. He feels unencumbered by anybody's insults. He doesn't care about mockery for embracing Donald Trump, or that he’s lost it. He doesn't care that Ye is a bad album, or that Nas used his album to say stupid things. What he does care about are his collaborators, who he refuses to let fail (insofar as he can help them). Where his own album sounded paranoid and unfinished, his production for others sounds purposeful and intentioned. Even as he admits to Pusha that he doesn't care about his own response, he expects Pusha to care every damn time; to be sure, Daytona is the sound of Pusha-T being pushed to pursue perfection.

All that can be written about Daytona has been already; as a rap album, its lyrical focus is dope and luxuries. Dissecting its lyrics is worthwhile, as every line bleeds at least two or three allusions layered with meaning. But the impact isn’t felt by researching every line that comes out of his mouth. In 21-minutes, he does nothing but flex. One moment, he’s dragging Drake for ghostwriting and falling in love with Rihanna, the next telling Judge Brinkley to perform unseemly sexual acts on Meek Mill. He’s juggling Russian election conspiracies with Lil Pump disses in a way that doesn’t sound embarrassing. It sounds collected and downright venomous. It’s non-stop braggadocio devoid of content or subject, devoted entirely to the stardom of Pusha-T and the musical prowess of Kanye West.

There isn’t much purpose to rambling about Daytona, in part because its abruptness doesn't lend itself to the format. You’ve read the tired rhetorical narrative points already. You’re not going to learn a lot about Pusha-T that way. You’re not going to enjoy Daytona that way, either. Without wanting to make an oversimplified declaration, this is not music that lends itself well to blather. There is no way a critic could articulate a line like, ‘Where were you when Big Meech brought the tigers in" / 'Cause I was busy earnin' stripes like a tiger's skin,’ without being vaguely trying to express how nasty and disgusted Push sounds pronouncing every syllable of that line. I can’t explain it because I’m not Pusha-T. That should be impetus enough for you to appreciate Daytona as a work of sheer hip-hop utility and performance.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Arcade
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2018


91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

super short review for a super short album, i ran it through Hemmingway Editor so it's probably a mess but hey ho there you go

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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2018


91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

also a month late whoops

Sharkattack
June 25th 2018


1000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol how is this dude staff? Wack that I can’t neg.

Chambered79
June 25th 2018


146 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What do you mean? I liked this review

Pheromone
June 25th 2018


6430 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ye isn’t a bad album

dbizzles
June 25th 2018


12353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. Haven't heard any on the other albums from this series/project/whatever, but this one is pretty good.

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bigguytoo9
June 25th 2018


487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

His hallway too long, bitch 2 bad.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 26th 2018


23897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

actually really dig this review as well. welcome back, Jordan

tinathefatlard
June 27th 2018


1641 Comments


SharkAttack wasn’t chosen for staff, hence the salt.

Pos’d

IcelandRevel
June 27th 2018


903 Comments


actually really dig this review as well [2]

Hawks
June 27th 2018


62317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice.

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Scoot
June 27th 2018


19113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YEEEEUGH

Guzzo10
June 27th 2018


1258 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Legitimately my fav hip hop album of the past few years

brandontaylor
June 28th 2018


734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hip hop aoty so far

EyesWideShut
June 29th 2018


4838 Comments


watch face came with a fuse box... YEEUUGHH

Hawks
June 30th 2018


62317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Legitimately my fav hip hop album of the past few years


I don’t jam a lot of recent rap but yeah same tbh.

JigglyPDiddy
June 30th 2018


3335 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Come Back Baby rules so hard

EyesWideShut
June 30th 2018


4838 Comments


"I don’t jam a lot of recent rap but yeah same tbh."

I would put Pinata over it, but Pusha and Ye came through hard.

0GuyMan0
July 6th 2018


1468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm fucking infatuated with this thing. Every line goes over my head, but thats to be expected.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2018


2989 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa I'm real mad at myself for sleeping on this

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