My Name Is My Name

My Name Is My Name

by Pusha T


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Pusha T's slow crawl to a debut solo album included the killer mixtape Fear of God II: Let Us Pray, which sure seemed official, being released by Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music with major-label distribution. It stretched the definition of a mixtape fairly far, but West and his team are masters at using smoke and mirrors, as My Name Is My Name is a combination of right place and right time with the results being hot enough to burn up any rulebook. Here, the former Clipse member takes that crew's uncompromising stance into the post-Yeezus and post-Death Grips age with a claustrophobic and tight effort that roars. If ever an album could slap a listener, it's this one or Yeezus, but the big difference is that Pusha is pavement while West is penthouse. With this one, the streets keep rocking with cool and connectable moments, from an album title inspired by the television series The Wire to the idea of inviting Kelly Rowland over for the playful come-on "Let Me Love You" (Pusha offers "I know you think I'm the one, but who doesn't?," a flirty moment that would have never seemed possible while in Clipse). The Rowland cut neatly fits into an album that arcs up to its most approachable moment, because even when Big Sean and 2 Chainz show up on "Who I Am," the guaranteed 2013 hitmakers are thrown into an industrial hip-hop grinder, a challenging moment balanced by a simplistic hook right out of the Busta Rhymes playbook. "Sweet Serenade" is aptly titled, although even Chris Brown and Swizz Beatz can't pull Pusha from the edge, while "40 Acres" with the-Dream lives up to its guest's name as elegant and ethereal production meets the rapper at his most poignant ("Born to mothers who couldn't deal with us/Left by fathers who wouldn't build with us"). "S.N.I.T.C.H." with Pharrell brings some light Neptunes soul into this ominous universe, "Suicide" is a raw Clipse flashback mashing with stuttering electro trap music, and "Hold On" with Rick Ross tastes like well-aged port as an uncredited Kanye brings the sweetness with background singing while the downtrodden lyrics offer the bitter and give the song some serious body. With Pusha's pen at full force and his performance a proper combination of cold and tense, the album is as if Clipse's Hell Hath No Fury were atom-smashed into something more artful and unstable. My Name Is My Name is a remarkable and vital solo debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2013
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602537411016
catalogNumber: 001870402
Rank: 49193

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pusha T   Primary Artist
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Keyboards
Shawn "Pecas" Costner   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bobby "Blue" Bland   Sample Source
ESG   Sample Source
Bunny Sigler   Composer,Sample Source
Joe Perez   Creative Assistance
Malcolm McLaren   Composer,Sample Source
Twilite Tone   Additional Production
Marcos Valle   Sample Source
Ken Lewis   Composer
Paul Bailey   Engineer
Tony Rey   Engineer
Jay-Z   Sample Source
Luke Vibert   Sample Source
Charles Njapa   Composer,Additional Production
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Additional Production
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Nottz   Producer
Bart Schoudel   Engineer
Brent Kolatalo   Composer
Jeff Bhasker   Instrumentation
Chris Brown   Composer
Tai Linzie   Production Photography
Duralcha   Sample Source
Don Cannon   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Finis "KY" White   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Mixing
Noah Goldstein   Programming,Engineer
Justin Saunders   Art Direction
Hudson Mohawke   Producer
Kristen Yiengst   Production Photography
Mike Larson   Engineer,Digital Arrangement
Steven Victor   Producer
Terrence Thornton   Composer,Producer
Rennard East   Composer
Kwes.   Sample Source
Rico Beats   Producer
Andy Proctor   Package Production
Terius Nash   Producer
Jesse Kanda   Slipcover Concept
Glass John   Additional Production
Bobby Yewah   Composer,Producer
Robotsboys   Sample Source
Kishmore Kumar   Sample Source
Sebastian Sartor   Composer,Producer
Patrick Thrall   Engineer

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