Pusha T's "Circles" Has Just the Right Amount of Desiigner

The G.O.O.D Music signee might just work best in a limited capacity.
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There was a brief period where I appreciated Desiigner’s addition to rap, and that was some time after “Panda” was re-released in late February. The song had been blowing up on my Twitter timeline, and once I hit play, I was hooked.

But it took less than a month for the novelty to wear off, and I remember the exact moment when it did. It was mid-March, at The Fader Fort for SXSW. Desiigner was performing, and I was embarrassingly thrilled when his hypeman—dressed in a pair of jeans, a white tank top, and a plush panda costume head—preceded the Brooklyn rapper, who opened up with “Panda,” performed some extremely forgettable songs, and closed with “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2.” I was bored.

Since then, I have actively avoided listening to anything that Desiigner touched. I didn’t urgently listen to the admittedly catchy “Timmy Turner” freestyle. I didn’t particularly enjoy the longer version, nor did I enjoy his feature on Tyga’s “Gucci Snakes.”

But I certainly love me some Pusha T (see King Push, Blowbama). So when his brand new single “Circles” dropped today and I saw Ty Dolla $ign’s name too, I was excited—until I saw Desiigner guested as well. My initial thought was that they’re still trying to force him on me, and at this point, I’m over it.

But for some reason, I still hit play—and I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, Desiinger’s ad-libs were a mild annoyance, but otherwise, his post-hook and bridge contributions weren’t so bad. He works best in limited capacities that help set the mood, and on “Circles,” his voice offsets Ty Dolla $ign’s ballad-like verses and the raw grittiness of Pusha’s flow.

Indeed, Desiigner might be a good guest feature artist. And while I wouldn’t say he’s got my endorsement just yet, he might be on his way.

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By Tara Mahadevan. Follow her on Twitter.

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