Best Reinvention: Pusha T
"Let's be clear," said Pusha T. "G.O.O.D. Music makes the hardest records in hip-hop," which could be one of the kindest ways to say that he's only performing one Clipse song in a 60-minute set. That didn’t matter, though, because the Virginia rapper was hard-driving and sweat-soaked, opening with "King Push" ("I don't sing hooks"), headbutting on the "headbutt" line in "Numbers on the Boards," yelling "Yah!" and letting his DJ go berserk on manic scratch solos. If you think an opening week of 74k does not a superstar make, then you haven't heard a crowd react to Pusha T. However, Kanye West is indisputably a superstar, and the run of "So Appalled" (an album track, by the way), "Mercy," "Runaway" and "I Don't Like (Remix)" was the set's most palpable crescendo of energy.