Pusha T’s album comes out in a couple of days. It was streaming on a few spots. I listened and was pleased. Nice video with wunderkind Kendrick Lamar and salty veteran Pusha.
1. Single-shot steady-cam shot is an excellent back drop for drug rap video.
2. A lot of Ivan Drago (Rocky IV) references these days.
3. At first Kendrick Lamar plays the counter to Pusha’s proud drug dealer persona with his L.A. tragedy rap. Then comes the turn. “Go figure motherfucker/every verses is a brick.” Zing.
Someone is paying attention . . . oh yeah, the Guardian. Thanks.
The most extraordinary of the bunch is also the most full-on. They Will Not Control Us, a snarling litany of dispossesion and rage against politicians, police and the media, will be a bit strong for some stomachs – and not only because of the wailing chorus lifted from the Muse track Uprising. By a little-known rapper called 2 K Olderz, it’s nothing if not direct. “Dear Mr Prime Minister …” it begins, “was you travelling on London transport the day the bombs went off?/ How about you go and pay rent to the landlord, earn shit money doing a labouring job?/ We’re living like shit in this country, while you’ve got your feet up living nice and comfy/ Well we know where the problem is, the people acknowledge this: stand up to the politics.”
via Rap responds to the riots: ‘They have to take us seriously’ | Music | guardian.co.uk.