Stardom isn't all its cracked up to be, Pusha T reveals in a new interview. King Push leads the latest issue of Murder Dog magazine and opens up about being without his brother and why success has been a "bitter" experience.
"My music is just aggressive. My outlook on life is aggressive. I'm still fighting," he said. "When it comes to music, I'm bitter a little bit. It’s not because of where I am personally, but around me, like all of my friends are in jail. All of them are in jail right now. I look around at other people and they hang out with their friends and go places. I don’t do that much. I can’t. Mine are all in jail.
He went on to explain that he thought being in the music industry would be a good outlet, but there's politics happening in that area, too. "Not to blame the music, but we came into this thinking music is the way out. Then when you get caught up in politics, you have to think about how to survive and keep up your music. You don’t wanna be broke and you don’t wanna appear broke to the public. Because of that, a lotta my friends ended up behind bars because of how we started in this game."
Now that he's solo, Pusha wants to be back with his brother, No Malice of the Clipse. The duo released three albums together, the last of which was 2009's Til the Casket Drops. "I would much rather be in a group now," he said. "I know my brother is in a very spiritual place. His belief is strong, and he love[s] where he is, but I'm his younger brother and I am selfish. I don't know if I want my brother to not be with me right now."
Reflecting further, Push added, "Music is not all happy to me. It hasn't been the greatest in every aspect. I could easily sit here and be like, 'I take care of my family and I drive Benz[es] and do what I wanna do.' But we'd been doing things like that and I don't need music to do that. It's a little more personal with me. I think that personal side comes out as anger in my music."
Pusha attributes his home state's eclectic sound to the number of military families bringing "different influence to the area."
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