(AllHipHop News) His name is Pusha T and his reputation is grizzly visceral street tales over menacing production. At his Gramercy Theatre show last night (October 7th) in celebration for the release of his debut album My Name Is My Name, Pusha T exemplified every quality that helped him sell out the venue.
Hosted by Hot 97's Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg, Pusha's gruff vocal inflections bounced off the acoustics in Gramercy Theatre exceptionally well as he rattled off his fan favorites of his catalogue. Opening the show with the gothic album intro, "King Push", Pusha treated every song as its own event with certain songs having him dead in the center of the stage ("40 Acres", "Exodus") while others exhibited the frantic energy ("Millions", "Suicide") that made so many Clipse performances riveting in the past.
Pusha's self-conscious relationship with his music, as demonstrated by his constant proclamation of having the best rap album of the year, was on full display. After performing his verses from G.O.O.D Music hit posse cuts "Mercy" and "I Dont Like (Remix)" he told the crowd "I feel like I'm getting a bit too commercial" before launching into a few cult favorites ("My God", "Exodus 23:1").
Disappointingly, there were few guest appearances in a show that featured Pusha T rap his part from the Kanye West-featured "New God Flow"(which sent the crowd in a frenzy), Kendrick Lamar-assisted "Nosetalgia" and a few others. Fan reaction was consistent but wavered at points as Pusha would go through three songs with little intermission.
Outside the venue, Pusha had people in Hazmat suits hand out fliers. Interestingly enough, another person was also handing out fliers to Drake's Nothing Was The Same
Pusha T's My Name Is My Name album release concert proved that the more enthralling solo songs Pusha adds to his catalog the better his shows will be. But, for a debut album and concert release party, Pusha not only delivered but
Check out the video recap from last night and watch Pusha T perform "King Push" for the first time:
Video shot and edited by Frsk Purple