In a new interview with Billboard, Pusha T, who is currently wrapping up work on his long-anticipated, Kanye-produced new album, King Push, openly questions his own artistic growth over the past four years in the name of staying true to making lyrically-oriented hip-hop.
"Since My Name is My Name, I feel like I don't know if I've grown as an artist as much as I've stuck to my guns, lyric-driven hip-hop," Pusha told Billboard writer Ashley Lyle.
While longtime fans of the former member of Clipse turned president of G.O.O.D. Music likely won't be complaining about Pusha's loyalty to lyric-driven hip-hop—especially if he makes good on his promise to deliver an "album of the year" contender—it is somewhat surprising to hear the 40-year-old veteran admit that he doesn't believe he's been able to both stay true to lyrical form and grow as an artist at the same time.
Not only has the man who signed him to a record deal (Kanye) shown that it's possible to simultaneously grow as an artist and remain focused on lyrics, but the man who signed that man to a record deal (JAY-Z) proved earlier this year how impactful it can be when you are able to pull off the feat.
"I just know the youth also keeps me sharp," Pusha added. "But at the same time, I do what I do, I can't do what they do. I think when we hear this album, everybody is going to see."