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With less than 10 days until the new year, Pusha T is reflecting on the process of making his album, It’s Almost Dry. In an interview with People, he said his intention was to release a worthwhile follow-up to 2018’s Daytona. He also wanted to work quickly and get back to his role as father to son Nigel Brixx Thornton, who sharpens his musical focus and prevents him from being a “wack rapper dad.” 

Pusha recalled that his recording sessions were like “rap-nerd school,” complete with one- to two-hour conversations about lyrical references. He said when the album was finally complete he called Diddy and JAY-Z to get their honest opinions.

“He’s crafted classic albums for my favorite rapper ever, the Notorious B.I.G. So it’s, like, I just have to get his ears on it. I need his ears,” Pusha said of Diddy. “And Hov is the same way. Lyrically, there isn’t a better rapper. So, of course, I always make sure that they hear it and the feedback is, like it was for It’s Almost Dry, phenomenal.”

It’s Almost Dry dropped in April featuring “an all-star cast.” Push has teased that it’s the rap album of the year, a title he’s one step closer to achieving after being nominated for a Grammy in that category.

“It’s not that I’m being prophetic or just having the natural rapper braggadocio attitude,” he said of his prediction. “It’s just that I know this subgenre of hip-hop that I do so well and I know when I’ve nailed it. And I just felt, like, since the album was finished, I was like, ‘Yeah, we nailed it. We definitely nailed it.'”

“When I say rap — and I’m talking about the actual art — I actually, lyrically, murdered it,” he continued.

 

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