Artist – Pusha T
Years Active – 1992-Present
Notable Album – My Name if My Name
Sample Rhyme (from the track “King Push”):
“Vultures to my culture
Exploit the struggle, insult ya
They name dropping about caine copping
But never been a foot soldier
Let’s have another look, just get a little closer
Rage against the machine, black Zack de la Rocha
In a cranberry Rossta, inside track
on the G rap poster
Best d-boy all I’m missing is a dash
Difference between me and Hova”
Virginia originally went to Missy Eliott. She gets a big honorable mention — an absolute legend in rap.
Pusha T, though. It’s impossible not to include the President of G.O.O.D. Music on this list. If only he was, however improbably, born in Idaho or Wyoming, this would be so much easier.
But he wasn’t. He was actually born in the Bronx, New York City, and relocated to Norfolk, Virginia as a child.
Hampton Roads in the 80s and 90s was a shockingly fertile ground for rappers. Not only is it responsible for the development of Pusha and Missy, but Timbaland and Pharrell both also came up in the suburbs of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Being in such close proximity, it’s no wonder they would team up. Pharrell produced for Pusha and his brother (No Malice) when they worked together as Clipse, including on their hit single “Grindin'”.
Pusha would move onto his own solo career, launched in part by his friendship with Kanye West. The Chicago rapper would go on to produce a good chunk of Pusha’s solo debut commercial release, My Name is My Name. It was that album that put Pusha on the map as a master lyricist.