It’s been four years since Clipse’s last release, and seven since their seminal album Hell Hath No Fury, and that just shows you how quickly time travels and memories fade in the age of the internet. Pusha T and brother No Malice were once the most interesting and inventive hip-hop duos in the world, an odd position for Push to be in considering he’s now something of a middleweight on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music label. His guest spots haven’t always been too promising, but in the run-up to his solo debut, My Name Is My Name, he’s released a few promising numbers.
The latest is a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on one of his first high-profile guests since calling out a string of youngblooded rappers on that ‘Control’ verse. Guitar stabs loop with a percussive beat, and Push spits jagged over it, with outtakes from Boogie Down Production’s ‘The Bridge is Over’ spilling in between verses. Kendrick is still on his can’t-be-stopped hot streak, and doesn’t disappoint; lines like ‘My daddy dumped a quarter piece to a four and a half / Took a L, started selling soap fiends bubble bath’ call back to his childhood in Compton, and his verse shows the other side to Push’s take on selling cocaine half his life.