Thursday, 24 November 2011
REVIEW: PUSHA T-FEAR OF GOD II: LET US PRAY
More spirited rap from one that should be feared.
Pusha T has come a long way in this rap game. From 'Grindin' hits out with super producer Pharrell, The Neptunes and his double act group the Clipse to 'Re-Upping' with his crew. Even without his twin Pusha T still has clips worth of lyrical ammunition and plenty of one-liner malice (on the track 'Blow' Pusha explains his brother Malice "found the Lord"). This time last year this rap pusher was signed by Kanye West's 'G.O.O.D. Music' imprint along with Mos Def and others and what resulted was some great album features ('Runaway', 'So Appalled') and some gracious free 'G.O.O.D. Friday' gift downloads ('Looking For Trouble', 'Christian Dior Denim Flow' and 'Christmas In Harlem').
Kanye brought out the best of Pusha, or at least showed the whole world just how good he is. West and T rhymed so much and well together that they could be the ones 'watching the throne' and releasing a collabo album together. Still now Pusha is pushing a sequel EP ('Fear of God II: Let Us Pray') to his independent album as his first release on Kanye's label. A release of hardcore hip-hop heaven that should put the fear in the rap competition, leaving them on their knees.
What better way to start off an album but with a Diddy assisted big record. 'Changing of the Guards' boasts a game changing sound and artist. While the amazing collaboration with Young Jeezy and Yeezy, Kanye West gives us everything rap fans have prayed for in 'Amen'. The Neptunes produced single 'Trouble on My Mind' featuring Tyler, the Creator is a great blend of new artist/underground artist coming up big, while this song also serves as a great reunion between Pusha and Pharrell.
'What Dreams are Made Of' is the solo track this new solo artist has been waiting for. With no guest appearances he shows he's one of the best lyricists with a crowning outcome. Then the collaborations re-up with Juicy J, Meek Mill & French Montana adding some 'Body Work' to this album. The new artist French Montana translates on to 'Everything that Glitters' as well adding some gold to the track. 'So Obvious' and 'Feeling Myself' keep the mid-section of the album tight with even tighter rhymes.
Things get louder and prouder with the 50 Cent featured 'Raid' with Pharrell. 'My God' sends this album even higher before crew member Ab-Liva and Maybach Man Rick Ross keep it lyrically rocking on 'I Still Wanna'. Pusha saves one of his best for last with the bright lyrics of 'Alone In Vegas'. A track that's a mix of grit and flash like the songs video in sin city. All in all going solo was a gamble for Pusha but he's showed it's paid off to a tee. Thank the rap God's for this one. Amen. TIM DAVID HARVEY .