(AllHipHop News) Pusha T has repeatedly declared his Daytona LP was the best of 2018. He got validation from the Recording Academy when he picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album.
Variety caught up with Push to get more insight into the Kanye West-produced project. The G.O.O.D. Music president discussed how legendary musicians inspired Daytona.
"We made our Top 25 greatest moment lists in music, not just rap. What did we love about D’Angelo? What parts of Lauryn Hill’s album was most impactful and why? Then we trimmed that list, down to the most crucial elements," explained Pusha.
He continued, "Kanye pointed out how I really liked Raekwon’s 'Glaciers Of Ice,' and said I had to make my album as urgent. All this, and I’m still not writing raps, and it’s hella expensive at the resort where we’re staying. But, we’re dialing in to exactly what we want."
The Wu-Tang Clan member's influence came as no surprise. Pusha T called Daytona his "Purple Tape" on "The Games We Play" - a reference to Raekwon's seminal 1995 release Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
Besides Cuban Linx, D'Angelo's Voodoo and Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill are also considered classics. King Push's third studio LP could end up in that same conversation too. A Grammy win would help bolster that claim.
"For what it is, with what I’m doing in lyric driven, street drug-infused, hip-hop lifestyle rap, Daytona is the best representation of that," Push told Variety. "And I wanted the Rap Album of the Year nom. No other award or nomination mattered. That was it for me."
One half of the Clipse added, "It means a lot because I’ve watched the Grammys my whole life, and remember people I never thought should win or were worth it. There was a point then when rap boycotted the Grammys. Now, I’ve noticed that in the last year that the Grammys are making sure the Rap category is represented in a really great way. That’s awesome. I’m super interested in seeing at how it works out."