Pusha T coming off his since squashed "beef" involving him and Drake and also the dope album, Daytona, he recently dropped decided to visit a place he attributes as being one of his primary sources of inspiration. Staten Island, also known as Shaolin for those familiar with Wu Tang slang, was the destination for King Push in order to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of Chef Raekwon's iconic album Only Built For 4 Cuban Linx.
Speaking on the album's influence King Push elaborates, "When I’m saying [on his latest album that] ‘This is my Purple Tape…,’ it’s like, to me it was like the best rendition that I could’ve tried,'” says the G.O.O.D. Music President in the special produced by Vevo. Prior to the release of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Staten Island just seemed like a distant land to the Virginia rapper. “I don’t think I’ve ever been to Staten Island before, ever…something we were intrigued by when we heard all this music. We were like, ‘What the hell is going on out here? Like, ‘where’s this level of creativity coming from?'”
Pusha T expounds on the Shaolin slang (in the 90s usually most neighborhoods had their own slang) used by the Wu Tang Clan: “I was just like, ‘Man, these guys are creative they have their own language, their own lingo…I knew it was hood.'” He adds, “It gave you that hood perspective that we all thought, ‘Okay, this what’s going on outside where we’re from, but this is their version of it’…I felt like we could connect and relate to it.”
Raekwon’s iconic LP gave him an outsider’s perspective with which he could still empathize, which he feels is the primary lesson taken from the album. “You seen aspiration, you seen the hustle, but you also saw the hope for a brighter day,” King Push continues. “It was references to their kids, and their legacies and living and making sure they got out of it.”