Alrighty so there are a couple of things I wanted to get through that exist outside this release. First off Drake just bodied Pusha T and made some really salient points and this beef look tasty. Also this album cover is just weird, it's not like offensive or edgy or anything it's just not a good fit for the album because the photo represents the idea that taking drugs is bad and the album really has no qualms about selling heaps of drugs, it's a contradictory message with no real semblance of artistic tension and it just reads like Kanye making a splash no matter how shallow the water is. Alrighty onto the record.
So after such a long wait for this record I can't help but feel a tad disappointed that we're only getting 21 minutes of Push. Yet it's a 21 minutes that's pretty fkn bumping. Like this sits right in the league of grindcore albums which provide short bursts of energy to sustain you through a short workout period. Straight from the get go it's solid bar after solid bar with "if you know you know" with Push really setting the example for how to turn a phrase and how to ARTICULATE. I love how he always seems like he's got his back against the wall and about to demolish his enemies. For a while the songs do lack a bit of diversity, playing out like glorified free styling, but the rhymes are solid and the beats are even better so it's not that much of a problem. Kanye's production here is some of his best work and his feature is let's say, iconic. "What would meek do?" is such a great track and if it gets a music video I think it'll be one of the most played rap songs of the year. Closing track "infrared" (the Drake 'diss') has Push at his most didactic we've seen in a while and I really appreciate the change in tone in brought as well as the points he makes about hip-hop. Honestly I hope he comes out with a more finessed and holistic studio album soon but this is kinda it's own thing and defs works for what it is.