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…

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Comments on: "Reconsidered: Pusha T’s ‘Take One For The Team’ Verse…" (21)

  1. ” ‘Runaway’ – shit sucks mane ”

    It does.

    Mane.

  2. Any of you mans seen Skepta’s “All Over The House” music video??

    I think it’s on the firstup website

    Wow. That’s all imma say, wooow.

  3. DEAD

  4. That would explain why he took to that weed carrying shit like Tron’s mom to the Based Gawd’s dick.

    ^
    LMAO

    My mom is gonna spit her coffee at the monitor when she reads this later

  5. Yo Deen! How did you assemble that mixtape you hooked me up with of Freddie Gibbs shit? I wanna be able to upload downloadable mixtapes but don’t know how cause tumblr is only allowing me to upload one mp3 file a day with a max of 10mb.. I also want to be able to put together a zip file myself with my own playlist of songs..

    You know how to do this?

  6. ” Any of you mans seen Skepta’s “All Over The House” music video?? ”

    No. That’s all Imma say, nooo.

  7. @XLNC

    Sign up for a mediafire account. It’s free.

    Collect the tracks in a folder. Right click and compress them into a .zip folder.

    Upload to mediafire.

    Post the link to your tumblr page.

    That’s about as simple as I can make it. Good luck homie.

  8. real nigga shit said:

    #TeamLightSkin
    #TeamYagirlstaringatme
    #TeamItakeyababymama
    #TeamBiracial
    #TeamDrakeGriffin
    #TeamRickFox

    These dark skin niggers are ugly

    Look like 4 pieces of shit in a toilet bowl water…

    [pusha] EGCHK! [/pusha]

    Where my light skin niggas at…

    These niggas look like Refugees from Rwanda…

  9. real nigga shit said:

    No homo…but Malice shape up is pristine and perfect…thats how you do it Brothas…that’s how you supposed to edge up ya line….nice waves…too

    Kanye got the Lebron James Hairline…Pushed back like an album…

    SMH at Ye’s hairline starting in the back of his head…

    Just go bald…you ape…no caesar or baldie…go bald…

    I hate niggas that have to salute the flag during the pledge of allegiance…but have to start at the middle or back of the cranium..

    shameless…

  10. Kanye got the Lebron James Hairline…Pushed back like an album…
    ^
    Yoooo

  11. Pusha’s ‘Runaway’ verse is dope.

  12. I fux with runaway

  13. Really appreciate that homie! After learning a lot everyday of this week, tumblr ain’t all that bad considering it’s free..

    Hopp, you missing out. Skepta shot a porno for that song, literally. Got a famous snowbunny porn star for the video to get it in.

    But for real, Wretch 32 & Kyza Tim Westwood Freestyle >>>>>> Any American rapper that came thru to Westwood’s show (and I’m a stan for American hip hop)

  14. Nah'sOnlyWhiteBoy said:

    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

    ^^^

    Kev status

  15. IPL >>> Superbowl, NBA, Chamions League, Wimbledon, MLB etc

  16. real nigga shit said:

    Tsunami Hair Follicals

    but im not talking 360 waves…

    I’m taking about your hair line a receding shore line…after 9.0 earth quake (shout to japan)…

    You got a couple of hours to evacuate…until that wave (no max b)

    Tsunami

    Ye…disgusts…me…..do the jamie foxx thing and plant some hair there…nigger

  17. “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.”

    ^^^^^

    For the record, I definitely found this verse to be disturbing.

  18. Oh shit, whattup HL

    *daps*

  19. Sachin Tendulkar = Michael Jordan = Pele = Michael Schumacher = Roger Federer

    #GOATshit

  20. real nigga shit said:

    All you need is Remix and Meka Illionaire from 2 Dope Boyz…to make this picture complete..

    ALL Back Everything…ALL Wack Everything…ALL CHARCOAL COMPLEXION EY THING..

    These niggas make Akon look like Light Complected….

    I hate dark butss…

  21. HL..?!?!?! Say it isn’t so…

    O_O

    *Rubs eyes*

    O_O

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