Can’t say the title of 4th place isn’t well deserved for Pusha T. He worked hard as hell on his solo debut album, and without any major promotion or spins on radio, the GOOD Music MC was able to grab the fourth spot on Billboard for My Name is My Name.
The Virginia rapper first announced his plans to drop a solo debut album last year after the release of his mixtape, Wrath of Cain; which he put out in January.
MNIMN was supposed to drop right after the mixtape in July, but was delayed until to October instead.
Leading up to the album’s release date, Pusha did a few interviews here and there, dropped numerous singles and music videos, and even had a listening party where Kanye West provided a quick rant to help build media buzz.
But that was about it.
Push made it clear recently on the Breakfast Club Power 105.1, that even while in the studio recording MNIMN, his main focus was making a legit rap album, not making hits or radio friendly tracks.
“You weren’t allowed to use that type of terminology in the studio…totally against radio records…”
Luckily, the strategy worked well for Pusha’s debut album, as it was able to sell get into the top 5 on Billboard’s 200 list with over sold 70,000 in the first week. This made his debut his first top 10 album as a solo artist. He also grabbed the number 2 spot on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts.
Push also received a lot of praise and positive reviews for the album as well. Not to mention all of the hot artists and dope producers he had working on his album; Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, The Dream, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, just to name a few.
All of this and without a pressed, promo media junket tour or ratchet gimmick attached to the album.
So to celebrate Pusha T’s accomplishment, please enjoy the other music videos he released after King Push.