Dope Boy Magic: Pusha T Reminds Us Of The Streets With ‘Daytona’ (Review)
Entirely produced by Kanye West, Daytona is a classic 7- track album that touches the subjects of Drugs, wealth, politics and Quentin Miller.
Pusha T’s Daytona, the long-awaited album since his 2015’s “Darkest Before Dawn,” was far from disappointing as Push recreated his old world of pushing cocaine, gradual wealth and street politics on wax.
If you decide to go along with the reviews of music journalists and hip-hop icons, Daytona is Pusha’s best work as a solo artist and easily considered a “Classic“. With only seven songs loaded and lasting only 21 minutes long, Daytona is the first album from the slew of Kanye West-exclusively produced albums from his time in Wyoming.
With his focus both sharpen and alert, Pusha opens with the elaborate delivery If you know you know. Pusha spends half of the first verse coming hard against an unknown target, calling them as soft (The company I keep is not corporate enough / Child Rebel Soldier, you ain’t orphan enough) to addressing the fact that they could never be like him no matter how hard they tried (A rapper turned trapper can’t morph into us/But a trapper turned rapper can morph into Puff).
Listening to the album in its entirety reminds me of a luxurious drug-riddled Novela. From the visions of Pusha’s verison of self-care in ‘The games we play’ (Caviar facials remove the toxins) to metaphorically claiming his status of old wealth in Santeria (I paid ’em in small bills, all of ’em small face), Pusha keeps a steady pace with his signature succinct rhythm over the heavily-sample beats of Kanye West. After imposing his thoughts on ‘Slavery being a choice‘ and his brotherly love for President 45, West had some questions of his own in the 3-minute track ‘What would Meek do?‘ (I be thinkin’, what would 2Pac do? / You be thinkin’ what New Kids on the Block do / If you ain’t drivin’ while Black, do they stop you? / Will MAGA hats let me slide like a drive-thru?) Lines that may be more fitting as tweets, Kanye questions if being a Trump supporter will give him a pass or even if the listener can relate being open about mental health as he has? (Seven pill nights, you know what that feel like? / No more hidin’ the scars, I show ’em like Seal, right?)
Pusha wraps up the album with ‘Infrared‘ with the now infamous shot at rapper Drake— (“It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin / At the mercy of a game where the culture’s missing / When the CEO’s blinded by the glow, it’s different
Believe in myself and the Coles and Kendricks / Let the sock puppets play in their roles and gimmicks, shit.“) a move that was shortly followed with the release of Drake’s response ‘Duppy freestyle‘. Overall, Daytona is an album that you can go back to years from now and see why it was classified as a ‘Classic’. But that is if you aren’t automatically submerged in the chaos of Kanye’s “free-thinking” mishaps, Quentin Miller, and upscale drugs.
The only downfall of the album would be that it leaves you wanting more.