Pusha T
Pusha T
Terrence Thornton better known by his stage name Pusha T is an American recording artist, occasional actor and one half of the critically acclaimed hip hop duo Clipse. He is also the co-founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Re-Up Records along with his brother Gene 'No Malice' Thornton. In September 2010 he announced his signing to Kanye West's GOOD Music label and on March 21, 2011, released his first solo project, a mixtape titled Fear of God.
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Tim Kaine Gets Candid With Pusha T On Police Brutality And Racism
Huffington Post - 4 months
With this year’s presidential election less than two weeks away, Pusha T is continuing his political involvement on Hillary Clinton’s campaign trail. In a new Hillary for America campaign clip, the rapper held a candid conversation ― which took place after a Oct. 15 block festival in Liberty City, Miami ― with Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine to discuss some of the most pressing issues at stake in this year’s election. Among the Bronx rapper’s biggest concerns were America’s broken criminal justice system. It’s an issue that needs improvement, according to Kaine. “There’s a lot of reforms that are necessary. There’s policing reforms, to make sure that we have communities where everybody respects the law,” Kaine said. “But people have to be respected by the law, too. That’s really important. In some of our communities that’s not the case.” As a solution to ending gun violence in America, the Virginia senator suggested the government keep a b ...
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Ava DuVernay Hopes New Film Will Shed Harsh Light On Mass Incarceration
Huffington Post - 4 months
Ava DuVernay wants her new documentary on mass incarceration create change in America’s broken justice system. In a special Complex interview with rapper Pusha T, Ava DuVernay discussed the importance of her Netflix film, “13th.” According to DuVernay, the film’s title is derived from the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution. “Everybody knows the 13th Amendment of the Constitution says there shall be no slavery in the United States,” she said. “Most people don’t know that that is a lie. Right after it says there shall be no slavery, there’s a little clause, a little loophole, that says ‘except.’ The exception is, except if we think you’re a criminal.” Later in the conversation, DuVernay went on to provide her thoughts on the missing link behind the adage, “if you do the crime, you do the time” ― which she says is racially biased.  “If we’re gonna apply that adage equally across all citizens, then that would be fine, but the problem is we don’t, ...
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New Mix: Pusha T And Rivers Cuomo Join Zeds Dead, Amber Coffman, TOY, More
NPR - 4 months
This week's show features new music from Amber Coffman, a tribute to a friend and a collaboration between Rivers Cuomo and Pusha T. Plus: Reports of the guitar solo's death were greatly exaggerated.
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Hillary Clinton Taps Pusha T For Voter Registration Drive
Huffington Post - 5 months
On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton announced on Twitter a partnership with Pusha T to drive voter registration.  Enter to win: meet Pusha T. Register to vote and you’re automatically entered to win. https://t.co/n6NH65Mvkq — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 28, 2016 And, according to Clinton’s website, upon registering to vote, each participant will be entered to win a chance to fly with a friend to meet the hip-hop artist backstage during one of his concerts. The political paring isn’t all that surprising. In July, Pusha tweeted about a developing “call of action” for voter registration. When @HillaryClinton & @KarenCivil FT you in Tokyo to lead your call of action for voter registration... #StayTuned pic.twitter.com/b3Eziob0IN — King Push (@PUSHA_T) July 26, 2016 Pusha previously dished to Business Insider about his initial meeting with Clinton to register voters in his home state of Virginia. “I’m sure she was hip and br ...
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Review: 'The Land' Original Soundtrack
NPR - 7 months
The compilation features original songs by Nas, Erykah Badu, Pusha T, Jeremih, French Montana and more.
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Here's How Jay Z Is Celebrating The 20th Anniversary Of 'Reasonable Doubt'
Huffington Post - 8 months
"We invite you to something epic, you know?" Jay Z raps on 1996's "Reasonable Doubt," his groundbreaking debut album about the story of a hustler and a rapper on the rise.  Two decades later, his lyrics continue to reverberate in the voices of some of today's top artists -- Rihanna and Kanye West, for example -- having permanently altered the fabric of rap music history.  Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of "Reasonable Doubt," and to celebrate the album's legacy Jay and Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke have collaborated on a unique fan experience to bring it back to where it all began: APT 4B.  Taking its name from Jay Z's 1990s apartment in the Marcy Projects, the Los Angeles pop-up concept shop modeled after the rapper's old digs will play home base to "Reasonable Doubt" T-shirts, hats cassettes, and more, as well as pieces from Burke's denim line Fourth of November. Fans will also be able to interact with kiosks featuring exclusive content and get a ...
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Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, Rick Ross Talk With Obama at White House
Yahoo News - 10 months
President Barack Obama met with artists like Nicki Minaj , Pusha T , Rick Ross , Busta Rhymes , Common, J. Cole, Alicia Keys and more to discuss the administration's My Brother's Keeper initiative that aims to support programs that keep young people out of the criminal justice system. Chance the Rapper, Ludacris,...
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People Really Like Kanye's New Song 'Real Friends' Because It's Really G.O.O.D.
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When a new Kanye song drops before the weekend, you know it's a G.O.O.D. Friday.  Ye released his newest song, "Real Friends," on Friday and everyone agrees -- the "old" Kanye is back. Bringing back a sound that fans would recognize from earlier albums, "Real Friends" is a somber, slow track that allows listeners to focus on the beautiful, dark, twisted lyrics Kanye spits out.  Listen to the track below and let us know your thoughts in the comments:  Already, fellow entertainers have come out in support of the new track: Aye this #RealFriends song so real life... @kanyewest with that organic. #GOOD — PUSHA T (@PUSHA_T) January 8, 2016 The new Kanye just two inspired me to be truthful #RealFriends — Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 8, 2016 Why was that shit so raw — Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 8, 2016 And the discussion about the song "Real Friends" with my Real Frien ...
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List of Five: Checking Out Pusha T’s Closet
NYTimes - about 1 year
The Virginia-based rapper favors John Elliott, By Walid and Rolex, not to mention his own Adidas line.
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Our 10 Favorite Sneakers of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Jake Woolf for GQ. (photos: Matt Martin and Nick Sultana) 2015 was a straight-up epic when it came to sneaker releases. From the dawn of the Yeezy Boosts era to a historical slew of retro Air Jordans that hit shelves, more fresh kicks were released this year than maybe any before. But these are the 10 that we'll be thinking about next year (and a few more after that). Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Suede Though the Chuck Taylor All-Star II--a revamped version of the original--made the most noise in 2015, the suede version of the original Chuck was our favorite Converse sneaker of the year. Who doesn't love a classic done up in a luxurious fabric and beautiful burgundy colorway? Yeezy Boost 350 "Moonrock" Of all of the Yeezys to drop this year, our favorite has to be the low-top 350 Boost "Moonrock." The 750s, while completely futuristic and new, aren't exactly the most wearable shoes ever. But the moonrocks, with their soft, green-gray hue, are perfectly repre ...
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Finding Voices to End Gun Violence
Huffington Post - over 1 year
We are at a cultural boiling point in the outcry against gun violence. Even from within the segmented world of popular culture, a powerful call for political and societal change is going out. Acclaimed actress Julianne Moore is rallying a committee of Hollywood heavyweights behind the Everytown for Gun Safety movement, and the video for Everytown's previous rally cry, "Demand A Plan," has resurfaced to massive viewership. Another A-list celebrity, Amy Schumer, was so personally affected by a shooting at a screening of her film "Trainwreck" in Lafayette, La., this past July that she has essentially transformed her public voice from an always-raw-and-witty comedian to the serious and determined political force behind #AimingForChange, which looks to spearhead an anti-gun violence bill by early next year. The star power behind these initiatives is no doubt a major driving force in the publicity they've received. While leading Hollywood figures have become deeply commited to the soci ...
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Track List for Taylor Swift's New Album Leaked
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Now that another Taylor Swift boyfriend has bit the dust, we expected a new album of Swift-fueled girl-power breakup anthems to be on the way. This is what the prophecies have stated to hold true now and for eternity. But, man, nobody thought Swift would put it together so quickly. Swift apparently wrote a brand-new, still-untitled album specifically about former flame Calvin Harris, who was caught entering a massage parlor notorious for dishing out happy endings, and the track listing has already leaked. Take a look below: 1. "Guess What, Normal Guy? You've Got a Chance With Me Now" 2. "Rub and Tug My Heart" 3. "This Song is Specifically About Calvin's Small Penis" 4. "You Won't Believe How Many Pinterest Boards I'm Making About You Right Now" 5. "Gonna Enter a Big-Time Slutty Phase" 6. "I Will Spend My Fortune Destroying You" 7. "Thanks for the Inspiration" 8. "Definitely Don't Want You Back (Please Come Back) (No, No, Definitely Don't Want You Back)" ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pusha T
  • 2016
    Age 38
    Pusha T wrote a song for a McDonald's commercial in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details After Pusha T released "My God", the first single from his solo mixtape, his former GOOD Music label-mate Consequence took to Twitter and claimed Pusha T stole his flow and lyrics from a song of his that Pusha T was supposed to appear on, titled "The Last Supper". On July 22, 2011, Consequence released a song titled "The Plagurist Society" where he takes shots and questions Pusha T’s coke-dealing raps. Towards the end of the record the Queens native promises to take aim at Kanye West next saying "You're nothing but a body shield, for that coward from the mid-west/ so yes you can bet, that your boss is next".
    On May 31st, 2016, Pusha T released the lead single off his upcoming King Push album called "Drug Dealers Anonymous" ft.
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  • 2015
    Age 37
    In November 2015, Kanye West appointed Pusha T to take over his role as president of GOOD Music.
    More Details Hide Details Terrence LeVarr Thornton was born on May 13, 1977, in The Bronx borough of New York City. Thornton and his family soon relocated to Norfolk, Virginia, where he and his brother, Gene 'No Malice' Thornton, grew up.
    On November 23, 2015, it was then announced that Pusha T would release a new album Darkest Before Dawn before the aforementioned King Push album.
    More Details Hide Details It was released on December 18, 2015 and has been described as "a prelude" to the King Push album. According to BLKDMNDS, Darkest Before Dawn has hit over 17 million streams in its first week.
    On November 9, 2015, Thornton revealed to Billboard that he had been appointed president of GOOD Music.
    More Details Hide Details On November 12, 2015, Thornton released a single titled "Untouchable", produced by Timbaland.
    In May 2015, he had announced his second album would be released in June.
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  • 2014
    Age 36
    In December 2014, Thornton announced his second solo album King Push, for a Spring 2015 release.
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    In a July 2014 interview with XXL, when asked about his plans for his next album, King Push, Thornton said: “This next album is like a heavy proclamation to me.
    More Details Hide Details I told people last year I had the 'Album Of the Year'. And I felt that I did. I really feel that King Push has to live up to that same hip-hop expectation… My goal is always to have 'hip-hop Album Of the Year'.” On November 19, 2014, Thornton released a single titled "Lunch Money", produced by Kanye West.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    Thornton released his debut solo album My Name Is My Name, in October 2013.
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    In 2013, Pusha T provided guest vocals over a Vice remix of "I'll Be Gone" for the remix album, Recharged, by American rock band Linkin Park.
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    In an April 2013 interview with AskMen, Thornton revealed that shortly after his debut album is released, he would finish working on his second album, titled King Push.
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    In January 2013 it was announced that Pusha would be performing at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
    More Details Hide Details My Name is My Name was scheduled to be released on July 16, 2013, but was pushed back to October 2013. It received universal acclaim from critics. My Name Is My Name debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200, selling 74,000 copies in its first week of release. The album includes production from Kanye West, The Neptunes, The-Dream, Just Blaze, No I.D., Nottz, Don Cannon and Swizz Beatz, among others.
    The mixtape was released on January 28, 2013 along with his album coming at the end of the first quarter of 2013.
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    That same day Spin magazine reported that Pusha T's debut album had been pushed back until 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 34
    On December 5, 2012 Thornton released "Blocka" the first offering from his Wrath of Caine mixtape.
    More Details Hide Details The song features Travis Scott and Popcaan. The music video for the song was released on December 11, 2012.
    On October 8, 2012, Thornton released "Pain" featuring southern rapper Future, the first single from his debut album.
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    In October 2012, Pusha T made an appearance on the soundtrack to the film The Man with the Iron Fists on a track titled "Tick Tock" alongside fellow American rappers Raekwon, Joell Ortiz and Danny Brown.
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    On May 24, 2012, Pusha T released a song titled "Exodus 23:1" featuring The-Dream.
    More Details Hide Details It is speculated that the song is a diss track aimed at Young Money rappers Drake and Lil Wayne. This resulted in a diss-song by Lil Wayne, to which Thornton did not respond, but called "horrible" in an interview. He was then featured alongside West on the third single for Cruel Summer - "New God Flow".
  • 2011
    Age 33
    While out in Chicago in October 2011, Pusha T appeared on WGCI radio for a second time, and confirmed that the "beef" was indeed over, that it had died out and they have moved on.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2015, the two officially ended the feud when Consequence took to his Instagram page to let the people know: "All G.O.O.D. in 2015, Pusha T and I deaded everything and we creatively vibed with Kanye for this new LP." Tension between Pusha T and rapper, Lil Wayne, had been going on for years, beginning soon after Clipse and Birdman worked on "What Happened to That Boy", the latter's 2002 single. In 2006, Wayne felt the Clipse song "Mr. Me Too" was directed at him, and in 2012 Pusha T's "Exodus 23:1" song caused Lil Wayne to vent on Twitter, later releasing a diss track titled "Goulish", in which he says "Fuck Pusha T and anybody that love him / His head up his ass, I'mma have to head-butt him". Pusha T has called Wayne's diss track "horrible" and said he felt it didn't deserve a response. Both men have downplayed the feud, with Wayne saying he's over it. However, in late November, Pusha T dissed Wayne and Birdman on a new Ludacris song titled "Mad Fo" from his "#IDGAF" mixtape. Pusha T later revealed his motivation for the verse: "Oh because it's a Swizz beat. You got to blame Swizz. See, when Wayne got a Swizz beat... with the "Ghoulish" track; he got busy, well he tried to."
    On March 21, 2011, Thornton released his first solo project, a mixtape titled Fear of God, which included "My God" and featured freestyles and other original songs.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after he began working on his debut extended play (EP) Fear of God II: Let Us Pray, which initially included four songs from the mixtape and five new songs. On August 31, 2011, it was announced Thornton signed a solo record deal with Def Jam. The EP was originally set to released on June 21, 2011, it was than pushed back to August 23, and for a while September 27, 2011, was believed to be the date, however on October 6, 2011, Thornton announced the EP is set to drop November 8, 2011. In addition it was revealed he added four more songs to the EP making it 12 tracks rather than just the nine tracks that were previously announced. The first single from Fear of God II: Let Us Pray was leaked onto the Internet on July 8, 2011. The song, titled "Trouble on My Mind", features Odd Future frontman, Tyler, The Creator. The EP's second single, "Amen" was released September 13, 2011. The song, originally meant for Young Jeezy, was produced by Shawty Redd and features verses from Kanye West and Young Jeezy respectively. After the EP's release on November 8, the project debuted at number 66 on the Billboard 200 with 8,900 copies sold in its first week released. It also entered at number ten on Billboards R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, at number eight on Billboards Top Rap Albums, and at number 25 on its Digital Albums chart.
    On February 11, 2011, Funkmaster Flex debuted Thornton's first solo offering on New York City's Hot 97.
    More Details Hide Details The track, titled "My God", was produced by Hit-Boy and was generally well received by the public. Soon after, the song leaked onto the internet, however was not officially released through iTunes and Amazon until August 24, 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 32
    Following his signing to GOOD Music in September 2010, Thornton was featured on a number of fellow label mates' projects such as Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy appearing on his hit "Runaway" and premiering the song with him at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He was also featured on several tracks from West's GOOD Fridays series and made other appearances on Swizz Beatz's Monster Mondays series, Lloyd Banks' H.F.M. 2 (Hunger for More 2) and tabi Bonney's Fresh, respectively. On the week of December 16, 2010, Thornton signed exclusively with NUE Agency.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    After one more album as the Clipse in 2009, both No Malice and Pusha T announced that they were taking time off from the duo to focus on their own respective solo projects.
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  • 2004
    Age 26
    In 2004, he and his brother launched their record label imprint, Re-Up Records, and formed hip hop group Re-Up Gang, along with fellow rappers Ab-Liva and Sandman.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, they released their third studio album and their most commercial album, Hell Hath No Fury, which was praised by critics.
  • 1992
    Age 14
    In 1992, Terrence and his brother Gene formed the duo Clipse.
    More Details Hide Details With help from American record producer and fellow Virginian Pharrell Williams, the duo eventually signed to Elektra Records in 1997 and released Exclusive Audio Footage, their only album under that label. Of the two brothers, Terrence was more open to features, appearing on Kelis' 1999 single "Good Stuff" and Nivea's 2001 single "Run Away (I Wanna Be with U)", respectively.
  • 1977
    Born on May 13, 1977.
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