Pusha T On Being Nervous, His Competition, & The Clipse Break Up (Video)


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(AllHipHop News) As half of the critically-acclaimed duo, the Clipse, Pusha T has earned his title as a reigning lyricist. “I really came into this with guys I’ve been with for over 20 years,” the G.O.O.D. Music President told Vice. Within the latest episode of its Autobiographies series, which was published yesterday (Jan. 20), King Push would speak on several subjects. These topic broached his feelings of solitude, his motivations to continue to make his stylized music, and his explanation as to why the Clipse disbanded.

“I only rap for my core fans. They love my music. They’re die-hard. I dial in to those people,” said the Bronx-born worthsmith who was reared in the South. Soon the supreme MC would discuss how inspiration turned into competition. “As a creative man I was just copying all my favorite artists. I looked up to anybody that was on a [DJ] Clue ‘tape. Whether that be Fab, whether that be Jadakiss, The L.O.X., Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang — I was just trying to be better or realer, or whatever I thought they were I had to out do it,” sincerity wrapped his sentiment.

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Soon a reflective nostalgia possessed the conversation. Pusha T would acknowledge, “My brother Gene brought music into our house.” Although there’s a five year age difference, the brothers grew to be inseparable. Eventually their group, the Clipse came to fruition. Pusha T then reminisced about witnessing their collective stardom. When speaking on the time between 2001-2002 he stated, “I saw the record [“Grindin'”] grow from a ground level,” Push then added, “And it took nine months. At then end of hte 9 months it was the biggest record of the summer.”

Although Pusha T has earned success as a solo artist, a bittersweet passion surfaced when he learned the Clipse would cease to exist.  “We were on tour. He just came to my room and gave me the book that he wrote [ Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, And Naked ] And I was like, ‘Wow, okay. So now you wrote a book?'” The situation’s significance didn’t dawn on him until No Malice continued with,  Yo, this is what I’m about to dial in to. This is what I wanna do. This is how I feel. And I want you to read it. You know, you want to be a solo artist anyway. So, you should pursue that. I was like, ‘Wow, okay.'”

Be sure to watch the entire interview. The confident MC speaks reveals a vulnerable side when speaking on what makes his nervous. Skip over to the 7:25 mark to learn more about how the Clipse ended.