Pusha T Reveals Why He Didn’t Work With Madlib On “It’s Almost Dry”
Pusha T has been busy since releasing his fourth studio album after four years on Friday. Chopping it up with interviewers all around the country as he recounts how It’s Almost Dry came to be.
It’s Almost Dry Radio, the rapper’s new live program on Amp, will debut alongside the release of his new album, according to Complex. Push spoke with longstanding manager Steven Victor to discuss his work in the first episode, moderated by Idea Generation’s Noah Callahan-Bever.
Pusha T Reveals How His Project Started
“The project got started from me playing ‘Hear Me Clearly’ for Pharrell…And he told me that, it was okay,” the father of one recalled. “He shrugged….He stated, ‘Man I just think that you need to be more of a character.’ I told myself, once it was etched in stone that [Pharrell and Kanye] would each produce half of the album, I was going to go through the process.”
“Whatever their process is, I’m going to go through it in full to make sure I have exhausted whatever they wanted to do. I wanted it to be produced because my biggest thing was making an album better than Daytona.”
Push declined to work with Madlib due to the pressure he felt to exceed his 2018 release, though he did get several tracks from the famed producer. “I got some beats and they were actually chops from him. I just think he’s really dope at finding ill sounds and ill chops, and things of that nature.”
“But at the same time, it was feeling like a beat tape situation. I felt like to step it up I had to be produced – to step it up from Daytona. When you think about [my last album], it’s just beats and hard raps. I wasn’t produced. The structure of Kanye West you know, taking these things out or whatever the case may be. Honestly, it was just that. It’s Almost Dry is an exercise, definitely on the Pharrell side, in being produced.”
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