Pusha T Discusses No Malice's Reunion Reluctance & Kendrick Lamar's Introspection
Pusha T says Kendrick Lamar killed "Nosetalgia" and adds that No Malice is reluctant to reunite as a member of Clipse because of "the problems" the duo had "with the record industry."
Pusha T, who is working on his upcoming King Push album, recently spoke about the ongoing Clipse reunion rumors. During an interview with Chicago Tribune, Pusha addressed his appreciation for Kendrick Lamar's introspection and the new path that No Malice is on.
"My brother is the happiest he has ever been," Pusha says. "I'm ecstatic. I'm willing to do this whenever he's ready. The frustration you hear in some of my interviews about this is that my older brother, there is nothing he tells me 'no' for. Nothing. He has never told me 'no' for the past 36 years. He did press for me if I didn't feel like doing it. As a child -- he's five years older -- there is nothing I could get from him if I asked him for it. My frustration is that I feel like my brother's reluctance has a lot to do with the problems we had with the record industry getting our music out in Clipse. It hasn't been the smoothest run for us. My brother has evolved, become a better person. I would much rather have that go on, without the bumps in the road. I don't want him to feel like he's been slighted. When I say in '40 Acres,' 'My better half chose a better path, applaud him,' I mean it. But I keep the hope going. We talk about it [a Clipse reunion]. We talk about everything. I'm spoiled, bro, and that's my problem."
Pusha T doesn't seem to have a problem with younger rappers. When the topic of "the net wave of Hip Hop artists" comes up in the interview, Pusha speaks about what he sees in several younger emcees, particularly Kendrick Lamar.
"I'm hearing introspective [stuff] from guys like Kendrick [Lamar]," Pusha says. "I'm hearing younger guys telling their story. It's moving. Kendrick killed the 'Nosetalgia' record...He's been through something, and I can feel that. But a lot of guys today don't want to go that deep. Breaking into a cold sweat? They don't want you to see that or smell that. It's not cool. But that's what makes you a person."
In 2013, Pusha spoke about "Nosetalgia." "[Kendrick Lamar's] on a record called 'Nosetalgia,'" Pusha said in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "We gave two perspectives [on the song]. [Kendrick Lamar] was giving more, looking from the inside of his home and how his family and his crusade through the drug epidemic affected him. I was giving you the junior high, high school start, showing you what it was and where I was at."