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Pusha T reveals his favourite rappers ever


Pusha T is one of hip-hop’s curious mainstays. A former member of the Virginia rap duo Clipse, the artist has steadily worked his way up the ranks over the past two decades and now remarkably sits at the forefront of the culture.

From his beef with Drake to his Lil Wayne feud, Pusha has undoubtedly received more than a bit of negative press. However, as a former member of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music label, there is no denying that the rapper (real name Terrence Thornton) is a competent and talented musician worthy of his place in the upper echelons of hip-hop.

Surfacing on the scene during the early 2000s, Clipse rose to fame alongside Virginia Beach natives The Neptunes and cemented their place in hip-hop with their 2002 hit ‘Grindin’. Ever since Pusha T has remained a relevant and potent figure. However, his brother (Gene Thornton) failed to maintain his dominance.

Pusha has retained his prestige within the culture to such a degree that last year he released a project to vast amounts of critical acclaim. Leading up to the release of his fourth album, It’s Almost Dry, Thornton spoke with music publication Pitchfork and revealed his all-time favourite rappers.

“Hov is first because he made Reasonable Doubt, and that is the grail of all drug levels, without being all about drugs. It spoke more to the lifestyle,” the Virginia rapper explained. “Lyrically, I’m going to say that I’m next. And I’ll say Jeezy is third because I don’t believe there was a stronger moment in time than Trap or Die.”

In various interviews, the ‘Grindin’ hitmaker has also disclosed that he thinks The Notorious B.I.G. is the most legendary rapper of all time. Speaking with RollingStone in 2015 about why he considers Wallace the greatest ever, Thornton highlighted Biggie’s verse on ‘Young G’s’.

Pusha T’s favourite rappers of all time:

  • Jay-Z
  • Pusha T
  • Young Jeezy
  • The Notorious B.I.G.