Terrence Thornton (born May 13, 1977), better known by his stage name Pusha T, is an American hip hop recording artist from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He currently serves as the President of Kanye West’s GOOD Music label.
Pusha T entered the game in 1999 with his brother No Malice (Gene Thronton) as Clipse on “The Funeral” from Exclusive Audio Footage. While the album was scraped, this didn’t faze the pair, who went onto release Lord Willin', Hell Hath No Fury, and Till The Casket Drops in the space of seven years. In 2009, No Malice announced he had become a born-again Christian and couldn’t rap about his former lifestyle any longer. This forced Pusha to go solo.
He was invited to attend Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sessions in Hawaii in 2010 and later signed to West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint. Over the next 5 years, T released Fear of God, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray, Wrath of Caine, and My Name Is My Name. His sophomore solo album, titled Darkest Before Dawn is slated to release on 12/18/2015.
Pusha has an intricate style of rhyming, typically coupling up to four bars together with dense wordplay. His delivery was faster and sharper in his Clipse days since he only ever rapped 16 bars. Once he went solo, Pusha’s delivery changed significantly. His favorite rappers are The Notorious B.I.G. and Big Daddy Kane who he cites as influences – and has a knack of working with the industries best producers. Collaborators include: The Neptunes, Kanye West, The-Dream, Nottz, DJ Don Cannon and Hudson Mohawke. As his solo career progressed, Pusha’s unique ability to rap over unorthodox beats gave him an opportunity to work in electronic music. See Hudson Mohawke’s “Chimes Remix” and Yogi’s “Burial.”
King Push spoke to Genius and broke down some of his classic lines, including his famous “YUUGH” ab-lib.