Last fall/winter when Kanye was graciously leaking his album track by track to everyone’s great delight, he wrangled a ton of guest appearances from all sorts of randoms, some of who eventually became less than random affiliates. Case in point: the critically acclaimed blow rapper, Pusha T, one half of The Clipse and Neptunes beat destroyer.
Like most fans of Kanye and Pusha, I was pretty excited about their alliance (at least until I heard ‘Runaway’ – shit sucks mane), since we’ve largely heard Pusha over Neptunes production over the last decade plus. Whatever was left of my excitement kinda turned to doodoo once I heard ‘Take It For The Team’.
Maybe it was the throwaway nature of some of the G.O.O.D. Friday songs, but I imagine that most of the songs (especially the later ones leading up to the release of Kanye’s album) didn’t get the critical scrutiny they deserved. After all, people were too busy climbing over each other to suck Kanye off (believe me, I’m a fan – really) to pay real attention to the random shit he kept leaking on Saturdays (CPT strikes in every aspect of black life – for instance, OJ didn’t get put in jail for allegedly gutting those people for more than a decade after alleged gutting occurred. #justsaying). But enough with the tangents; I’ll let Pusha’s verse speak for itself:
Nevermind me, ‘Ye have fun
if the cops ask, thats my gun
that’s my weed, anything you need
I’mma take, I’mma take, I’mma take this one for the team
one fat ass, one flat ass
n-gga hit the switcheroo on my black ass
ever seen Joe’s jeans on a jackass
and my b-tch got on tights with a tac ass
I’m a fly n-gga and I carry on
with the bottles of that Rose and Perignon
ever seen how a kingpin carry’s on
dookie chain and a herringbone
real sh-t, gotta feel this
first class flights baby that’s a field trip
double date don’t cooperate, kill switch
f-ck me and my man, you a real b-tch
Hell naw. Am I the only one bothered by that shit?
Now, I understand that the concept of the song was ‘taking one for the team’, but Pusha went overboard with that shit. Seriously. A rapper of his caliber shouldn’t utter the words he rapped in the first few bars of that verse. That’s weed carrier talk right there. For real. Even Spliff Star wouldn’t say that sorta shit. Neither would Memphis Bleek. And both them niggas been carrying weed FOREVER. They made careers outta that shit. Pusha could have just stuck to trying to out-do Cyhi the Prince on the song. Cyhi’s verse was clever and witty without crossing the line from self-deprecation to self parody. I’m not even sure I can fully describe how disgusting I found that verse and I’m even more pissed that no one else whined about it.
Maybe my humor meter is broken, but I just expect more from a talent like Pusha. Elite rappers maintain the facade all the time – I’m sure Pusha has met Rawse a few times. This nigga said he’d take a charge for Kanye. That’s too much nigga (Kanye D.O.A. voice)!
Then again, in the process of writing this rant I’ve come to a realization: Maybe Pusha was a weed carrier all along. He could have been carrying Malice‘s weed (or cocaine) or wrangling groupie for Pharrell or carrying the Asian fella’s instruments to and from the studio for him. That would explain why he took to that weed carrying shit like Tron’s mom to the Based Gawd’s dick.
In any event, whatever the reason for that ridiculous verse was, I don’t care. I just never want to hear shit like that from good MCs again. Since we can’t erase all traces of the song, maybe Kanye can get Big Sean to re-record Pusha’s verse (Big Sean seems to be a natural weed carrier – proof being his shitty music) or maybe Malice can beat some sense into his little brother and put that shit on WorldStar for you heathen…