During the interview with the website, the G.O.O.D Music rapper revealed an interesting nugget -- the Jay-Z and Kanye West smash hit “N----s In Paris” from their Watch The Throne album was given to him first by ‘Ye!
Sowmya Krishnamurthy (SK): My Name Is My Name is one of the most anticipated rap albums this year. Is the excitement palpable to you?
Pusha T (PT): Yeah. It’s hot outside. It’s, like, really hot outside. It’s just really good to see. I feel like I’m watching music
change. Man, when we dropped “Numbers On The Boards” the other day,
man, I just feel like an energy of like, real hip-hop, people sort of
like gravitating toward it.*
SK: “Numbers On The Boards” makes me want to punch someone in the face.
PT: 100%. Yeah.
SK: The producer of the track, Kanye West, decided to release “Numbers
On The Boards” in response to Jay-Z’s “Open Letter.” How did that
PT: In all honesty, they dropped “Open Letter” at, like, 7:00 in the
morning, and me and ‘Ye were talking about it, like, 8:00 a.m.
SK: You’re awake at 8:00 a.m.?
PT: Oh, I’m up at 6:00 a.m. every morning because I have a lot to do.
Plenty. I work out probably at like 8:00. I gotta eat at 6:00 so
therefore I can workout at 8:00.
SK: Then what happened?
PT: So I called Pharrell first and then I called ‘Ye in Paris. I’m
like “Yo! Did you hear this record or whatever?” 'Ye was just like,
“Yeah, and I’m sitting here right now with this ‘Numbers On The
Boards’ and I’m just letting you know I’m gonna put this out today.” I
was like “Did you call Def Jam?” 'cause people don’t know there’s so
many like political things that go on and legal things that go on with
samples and stuff. Ye’s like, “No, I didn’t. I’m putting it out in 15
minutes actually.” I was rehearsing in New York for my Coachella show
and he called me and was like, “Listen to this.” He was like , “Oh,
it’s going out now. Right now.”
SK: You’ve been in Paris with Kanye recording My Name Is My Name. Did
you get any sightseeing in? PT: [Makes face] Do you think I have?
Look at me. For what, man? I don’t want to see anything! I went
shopping. It’s business, man. It’s real business. Being out there with
the time difference, you’re so disconnected from everything. He
[manager Steven Victor] is with me. Paris is just crazy. I go there
and I really go into the studio. I was there at Fashion Week, and I
didn’t hang out. You can’t go [there] and not hang out.
SK: There’s a lot of rumors about who’s going to be on the album. I
heard Kanye will be on the first single.
PT: I heard that. I know
‘Ye’s on the album. I know 2 Chainz is on it. I know Kendrick Lamar is
on it. I know Rick Ross is on it. I know Future’s on it. I know ‘Ye
produced, Pharrell produced, Swizz produced, The Dream produced, Nottz
produced, Don Cannon, Rico Beatz, Sham who done Rihanna “Man Down.”
Right now, it’s, uh, upwards of 15 tracks and we’re trying to cut to
13. That’s cause I have two new ones that he [Kanye] just threw to me.
SK: Kanye obviously has the platinum touch. Has he ever sent you a
beat that you weren’t feeling?
PT: *Yeah. He sent me some stuff that I
don’t always feel. It happens. Then he’ll go out of his way to prove
you wrong. And he does sometimes…”N*gg*s in Paris.”*
SK: Wait. Kanye sent you “In Paris” first?
Steven Victor (Manager): *Pusha said, "It sounds like a video game. Get that sh*t out of here!” But 'Ye agreed.*
PT: Yeah. You have to have that imagination sometime, and that’s
something I’m learning. I’m so ready to rap and stuff that imagination
don’t be kicking in.
SK: Last time I saw you, you mentioned that you wanted to work with
Missy Elliott. Did that happen?
PT: I did a record with Missy. It’s not for my album, though. I’ve
known her for a while. I’ve been working out of Timbaland’s studio as
well and, uh, he sent one of them records over like you, me and Missy.
SK: What else is on the horizon for you? Another G.O.O.D. Music
PT: I really don’t know. I’m really on My Name Is My Name, and then
my next album after that. I already got the whole mentality of it. I
see it. It’s titled King Push. I don’t even think there’s going to be
anybody on King Push.
SK: I like that. No features.