New York’s finest seem to have their finger firmly on the caps lock key today. Over in Harlem, A$AP Rocky has offered up TESTING, whilst a stone’s throw away in the Bronx, Pusha-T has given us DAYTONA.
DAYTONA was produced in its entirety by Kanye West, who also features on the album (What Would Meek Do?), as does Rick Ross (Hard Piano). The whole project is very clearly Kanye, with chopped up soul samples and aggressive sub bass aplenty.
It’s a sharp, concise body of work, at just 7 tracks and totalling 21 minutes. We’ve got Kanye to thank for this, as the plethora of GOOD Music projects set for release over the coming weeks all follow these strict guidelines. This was certainly a better decision than West paying $85,000 for the license to the cover art image – a photo of Whitney Houston’s bathroom at the peak of her addiction troubles.
The undisputed king of drug references and audacious bragging, Pusha-T is unnervingly comfortable on a beat, just as happy to fire shots at icons (Lil Wayne and Drake) as he is to pay homage to them (Dapper Dan). If the remainder of the upcoming GOOD Music releases are on this level, it’s going to be a very Cruel Summer.
Listen to DAYTONA below.