Album Review | Pusha T – “Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude”

Darkest Before Dawn (Artwork)

In the last few months, there have been a pair of stellar projects to drop that we were unable to do proper reviews for. It wouldn’t be right unless we remedy that, so check out one of the reviews below. As always, feel free to share the post. New reviews are on the way, so be on the lookout.

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[Written By// @K1ngEljay]

When you mention the word “consistency”, there’s not too many people that can rightfully attribute that phrase to their music. Granted, you have your JAY-Z’s or your Kanye West’s (or, Pablo’s, according to his latest album title change), or even your T.I.’s and your Scarfaces, but outside of the easily recognizable names that helped share Hip-Hop into what it is today, there’s not many (outside of K.R.I.T. and Kendrick Lamar) that qualify. Going even further, there’s not many that can even hold a candle to that type of potency with quote-unquote “drug raps”, but that’’s why Pusha T is such a fascinating anomaly in the system.

Pusha began, for most of us, as half of the Clipse duo with his brother, Malice. Politics halted their initial arrival, but with the Neptunes backing them, Lord Willin’ became a cult classic due to the cleverness laced within the bars. Before them, there weren’t too many true lyricists that took to those types of raps effectively. “Grindin’” and “Virginia” kicked the doors off the hinges, and Pusha T was the flair that lured the casual listeners in with his borderline comical bars that combined his knowledge with his personality:

“In Virginia, we smirked at the Simpson trial. Yeah, I guess the chase was wild, but what’s the fuss about?”

It was refreshing to see the duo (and their cohorts, The Re-Up Gang) keep those lyrical gymnastics going in future projects (including the criminally slept on mixtape series, We Got It 4 Cheap). However, a plot twist arose as Malice discovered the Lord and left those ways in the past. His brother, however…

…Well, his brother has not. I hesitate to say that his music is better for it because of what it would imply, but a guilty pleasure of mine is hearing Pusha T approach a track and make it his own. Teaming up mainly this time with Timbaland, Pusha T’s (aka King Push’s) latest project to drop is something like a Prelude to what he has planned. Darkest Before Dawn is nothing but aggressive raps and surprising production that hits as hard as intended, but still laces that lyricism we became familiar with all of those years ago – which, in itself, is incredible. Continue reading

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