Pusha T

Pusha T's Throwback Gangsta

Is the Virginia-bred rapper the last true gangsta rapper? Entertainment Weekly's Nick Catucci thinks so

by #teamEBONY, October 08, 2013

Pusha T

Pusha T

Photo courtesy of

Def Jam

Pusha remains a deadpan, do-it-to-death thug whose self-awareness never undermines his drug-dealer fairy tales. Which makes him an exception among the great rappers with recent albums. Danny Brown, who just released the terrific Old, uses meanness as just another one of his masks. Drake surrenders to complexity—he’s tougher on Nothing Was the Same, but still like a boyfriend who’s needy at home and aloof around your friends. On Doris, Earl Sweatshirt is utterly—and engrossingly—cerebral. And then there are the A$APs: image jockey Rocky and the inspiringly weird Ferg. Pusha may be the last gangsta standing—not an anachronistic monolith, but a living, snarling monument to hardcore hip hop.

Read it at Entertainment Weekly.

Stay in the Know
Sign up for the Ebony Newsletter