King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

by Pusha T

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Overview

King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

A teaser for an upcoming album, Pusha T's 2015 effort is uneven, odd, and hard to navigate, but like his cohort Kanye West, this rapper remains an unstoppable artist, even when presented in shards and strange experiments. King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude comes with plenty of examples of both, but the MC pushes out honest and riveting lyrics like "They call him a 'crack dealer'/I am like Warhol/Gonna paint a picture of a bullet for all y'all" ("Keep Dealing") at an amazing rate, so navigating even his more "difficult" releases yields plenty of gold. He's also a Warhol who is more proud of his cocaine-dealing days than his current status of revered rapper plus CEO of Kanye West's GOOD Music label, an attitude fleshed out on "M.F.T.R.," which stands for "More Famous Than Rich." A Notorious B.I.G. sample and an infectious Timbaland beat make "Untouchable" an approachable single, then Timbaland returns for a wonderfully weird number dubbed "Retribution." The biggest surprise from the production department has to be "Harlem Shake" man Baauer constructing a Michael Bay-worthy, cinematic soundtrack for the closing "Sunshine" with Jill Scott. The album just doesn't flow as well as his monolithic 2013 effort My Name Is My Name, but as a mere "prelude" to the next LP, it's miles above "throwaway" and comes with the quality control that would put it in the top tiers of both the mixtape and street release formats.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2015
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602547410818
catalogNumber: 002348602
Rank: 32005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pusha T   Primary Artist
Q-Tip   Keyboards
Casey Benjamin   Keyboards
G. Koop   Vocals
Abraham Williams   Keyboards
Lee Sanchez   Vocals

Technical Credits

Donald Davidson   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer,Executive Producer,Additional Production
Q-Tip   Producer
Mario Winans   Composer,Producer
Mark Batson   Composer
Nasheim Myrick   Composer,Producer
Paul Bailey   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Chris Godbey   Engineer
Blair Wells   Engineer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer
Che Pope   Composer,Engineer
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Lil Wayne   Composer
Bart Schoudel   Engineer
Gianfranco Reverberi   Composer
Rico Love   Composer
Hector Delgado   Engineer
Noah Goldstein   Engineer
G. Koop   Additional Production
Justin Saunders   Art Direction
Hudson Mohawke   Additional Production
Susan Duncan Smith   Composer
J. Cole   Additional Production
Dwight Grant   Composer
Sean Hamilton   Composer
Steven Victor   Executive Producer
Terrence Thornton   Composer,Executive Producer
Tracey Horton   Composer
Matthew Samuels   Composer
Andy Proctor   Package Production
Ricardo Thomas   Composer
Terius Nash   Composer,Additional Production
Mark Richardson   Composer
Maurice Jordan   Composer
Adam Feeney   Composer
Baauer   Producer
Rakim Mayers   Composer
Metro Boomin   Producer
Bryan Rivera   Assistant Graphic Design
Jenna Marsh   Assistant Graphic Design
Milli Beatz   Producer
Claudio Ghiglino   Composer
Jetmir Milli Salii   Composer
Bobby Death   Composer,Producer
Nate Brown   Art Direction
Travis Brothers   Assistant Graphic Design
Donald Davidson   Producer
Robert Ulsh   Engineer
Joe Perez   Graphic Design,Art Direction

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