Friday, February 5, 2016

Album Review: King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude by Pusha T

Explicit Language

This album from Pusha T in some ways feels very old school. The music is fairly simple and the focus is on Pusha T and what he has to say. This of course then puts a lot of pressure on Pusha T as a rapper. Not only his voice, but also his lyrics. All in all I find the album entertaining and his take on things to be interesting. The drug dealing stuff is throw away for me, but the other stuff on the album is quite interesting.

One of the themes that has been running through a lot of rap and R&B lately is the theme of women hanging on to successful men just because they are successful men. Much of the stuff is very angry toward these women, some artists are angry toward themselves because they participate in the sham just as much as the women do. Pusha T has a very interesting take on this. He's talking in this song as someone who is from the hood like these women and here is a line I really like.

For real, we made you watch from afar
Even talked down on you, tryna dim your star
Until we seen them foreign cars pull up
And watch them pick you up
And then we realized we missed a diamond in the rough
So, make us proud, make it count
Until you learn to love ‘em, make ‘em spare no amount
Make ‘em dig deeper to keep ya, knowing you deserve it
Take advantage of it when you’re worth it

It's an interesting album and it's a prelude to a grander album that is supposed to come out later this year. Interesting to see what that is like. Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 2 out of 5 stars for Not Bad.