In the Clipse, Pusha T and brother Malice rode icy Neptunes beats to fame without compromising their drug-dealer narratives. But on this EP, Pusha employs dramatic Southern-rap synths and churning bass lines, and ends up getting outshined by guests like Kanye West. Pusha is too reserved to pull off the revamped sound – he's more Raekwon than Rick Ross, better suited to quick-tongued storytelling than to bombast. When he rhymes that "hip-hop bores me," it seems more confession than boast.
From The Archives Issue 1144: November 24, 2011