In the year since he assumed the G.O.O.D. Music presidency last November, Pusha T has guided the imprint — founded in 2004 by Kanye West — to impressive heights. West’s latest studio album, The Life of Pablo, has dominated the cultural conversation, and young signee Desiigner notched a No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 with his ubiquitous “Panda.”
But Pusha hasn’t let his business responsibilities interfere with his artistic output. The 39-year-old rapper released two songs in the last 24 hours, fueling buzz that his long-awaited album King Push could arrive shortly.
On Wednesday afternoon, Pusha shared “H.G.T.V.,” a brief and fiery cut that includes a rousing defense of G.O.O.D.’s latest hitmaker: “Oh mama, they question my starting lineup / You only find a diamond from diggin’ like coal miners / Don’t listen to ’em, Desiigner / The same rappers talkin’ next year will be Uber drivers.” As if to prove his point, the rapper followed “H.G.T.V.” on Thursday with a second new track, “Circles,” featuring Desiigner and Ty Dolla $ign.
“H.G.T.V.” and “Circles” follow “Drug Dealers Anonymous,” the Jay Z collaboration Pusha dropped in May. Last December, Pusha released King Push — Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude, and has been hinting since that the more simply titled King Push is imminent.
“The songs next year are just a bit more socially driven,” Pusha told EW when Darkest Before Dawn was released. “Hardcore hip-hop is what I’m known for, but [King Push] is just a bit more broader. [Darkest Before Dawn] is very streamlined.”
Check out “H.G.T.V.” and “Circles” below.