Pusha T’s 20-year rap career has been a marathon run for the ages. From bricks to billboards, grams to the Grammys, he’s still grindin’ while carrying top-shelf street rap on his back. Interview C. Vernon Coleman II Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2022 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands soon.
It’s a chilly afternoon in early December inside an exposed brick fifth-floor photography studio off Canal Street in lower Manhattan. Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… album is blaring from a speaker. A small, assembled team including management, publicity, styling, the photo crew and a large security guard nicknamed Thanos have their eyes on Pusha T. The rapper is getting his flowers, literally. Wearing an expensive Celine ensemble and flashing a diamond-and-white gold grill, King Push poses for photos behind a botanic array of faux plants, blooms and buds in a scene that is both hood and highfalutin. “Is this art?” the Virginia Beach, Va. lyricist half-jokingly asks the photographer and his assistants for confirmation between high-powered camera flashes. He receives a collection of yeses from the group.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVCfp8WuAA0 What do you believe is the number one thing that musicians are doing to ruin their chances at succeeding in the music industry? Is it: not practicing their instrument enough? Not putting together enough good music industry connections? Living in a city with no music scene? The answer to all of this is NO - none of these things. There can be countless reasons why a musician would fail […]