Boi-1da produced the track, which also boasts a silky hook from singer/super-producer The-Dream. Pusha glides over Boi-1da’s rumbling drums and haunting piano loop, dropping rhymes far gaudier than the manicured lives of those he’s skewering.
“I’m Kim-Jong of the crack song / Gil Scott-Heron to the black poem,” Pusha spits at the end of the reference-drenched first verse. “Woo, the revolution will be televised / Cause we done see all and they telling lies.”
Speaking with Lowe after the song’s premiere, Pusha T said “M.F.T.R.” was inspired by a proliferation of people in the music industry and on social media who feign a luxurious lifestyle for the sake of being recognized. “That’s just something I’ve never been in the music game for,” the rapper said. “The music game has been about being able to provide for my people and provide opportunities for my people; it’s about flourishing.”
Darkest Before Dawn arrives December 18th via G.O.O.D. Music (Pusha T was recently named president of the label originally founded Kanye West). Darkest Before Dawn follows the Clipse rapper’s 2013 solo LP, My Name Is My Name.
“I feel like the lyrics on Darkest Before Dawn are uncompromised hip-hop and really speaking to my core fan base,” Pusha recently told Rolling Stone. “Basically what’s been known in my discography the entire time. I feel like I’m the last rap superhero. I really do. I feel like everybody else, they seem to be a bit victimized and I don’t feel like that’s me.”