This album is not dry

Pusha T drops his first record in four years


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44 year old rapper, Pusha T, releases his long anticipated album “It’s Almost Dry”. It’s his follow up album to his 2018 project, “DAYTONA”.

Alex Van Gerpen, Staff Reporter

After a long anticipated album, Bronx native “Pusha T” drops his fifth album, “It’s Almost Dry.” This record is produced by legends Kanye West and Pharrell Williams along with features and contributions from influential rappers Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Lil Uzi Vert, Don Toliver, Nigo, Labrinth, and Pusha T’s brother, MALICE. “It’s Almost Dry” is a follow up album to his 2018 project, “DAYTONA,” in which he talks a lot about how he has the luxury of time. 

Pusha T was born on May 13th, 1977 in Bronx, New York and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with his brother. Being where he came from, his past had a huge influence on his music. In this new album, Pusha T comfortably speaks on his experiences having dealt cocaine and how it has built on his artistry in music. This is nothing new to him and his fanbase as he bases his music around his past experiences and lifestyle of moving drugs. Besides that, I believe his flow and storytelling is what attracts people to like his music because it’s something that a ton of people can relate to and find connections.

In his fourth track, “Neck & Wrist,” Pusha talks a lot about his excitement of dealing cocaine through references to Game of Thrones, Colgate toothpaste and even zodiac signs. Drugs is not the only thing he raps about as he had a few lines exposing people who wear fake and inexpensive bust downs (diamond covered watches) and letting go of lovers in which he compares to a kite string. Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams are featured on this track as well. Pharrell didn’t really say much other than the coke house they were making their fortune out of but Jay-Z had much more to say. Jay responded to an actor who tried to discredit him from being a street legend by flexing on him and other people how wealthy he is. I mean, he does have a 1.4 billion dollar net worth so I’d say he is on the top.

“Scrape it off” is Pusha’s ninth track and it features Don Toliver and Lil Uzi Vert. Don’s hook shows that he makes a fortune dealing but also reflects on the pain that comes with it. Uzi comes in with the first verse flexing his money and possessions as usual but he also articulates how he uses the money he gets from drugs by funneling it into legitimate businesses. Along with being a drug dealer comes with the risk that you might not wake up the next day due to the violence. So Uzi states that he has people who have his back. Pusha has the last verse of the song and he flexes his wealth through his expensive jewelry. He also raps about having protection from people who want to get rid of him similarly to Uzi’s verse. 

Moving on to his next track, “Diet Coke,” Pusha believes that he is the best at what he does and he expresses through the analogies and references he makes. Another example in this song is the analogy “Diet Coke” which is the title of this song. He explains how other people in the dealing industry rip their clients off. But overall, this song is similar to the ones i’ve talked about already.

The last song I’ll be talking about is, “Dreamin Of The Past”. It features Kanye West and Donny Hathaway and it’s probably my favorite record on the album. It has a very catchy chorus and the storytelling is my favorite out of all 12 songs. “Dreamin Of The Past” is one of the longest songs on the album and it has the most verses compared to the other 11. This is a song i would recommend to anyone and definitely something i’d put in a playlist.

Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this album. Pusha T reminds me of other rappers like Kenrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky, which I am a fan of. If you are a street style of music, I would recommend this to you and I would rate it a 7.9 out of 10.