Just days after Pusha T unveiled the video for his Notorious B.I.G.-sampling “Untouchable,” the rapper revealed that he’ll release a new album titled Darkest Before Dawn by year’s end. Pusha T has long been at work on King Push, the follow-up to 2013’s My Name Is My Name, but instead of forcing fans to wait until next spring for that album’s arrival, he’ll first release Darkest Before Dawn on December 18th to tide them over.
“I’ve been recording so much—I didn’t want to break up that body of work, I feel like I had the producers doing things that they weren’t usually known for, a little out of their wheelhouse,” the rapper told Noisey of the decision to unleash Darkest Before Dawn in December. “I wanted to give the fans that body of work. That’s the music I love, and that’s the music that my fans love from me. Instead of having those moments throughout King Push, let’s just separate the game.”
In addition to the Timbaland-produced “Untouchable,” Darkest Before Dawn will also boast productions from Kanye West, Q-Tip, Baauer, Puff Daddy and Nashiem Myrick, the tandem behind Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya?”
“I believe the Notorious B.I.G. was the greatest rapper who’s ever lived,” Pusha T told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “He was a master painter with words. And his flow was just so effortless. I think I’m an awesome writer, but my bars still sound like bars. Big had all these intricacies, all these colors, all these witty things – and it didn’t sound like a rap. It was a conversation.”
Pusha, who was recently named president of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music, also released the West-produced “Lunch Money” in November 2014, but it’s unknown whether that will feature on Darkest Before Dawn.