Pusha T Compares Kanye to Pharrell

Pusha T Compares Kanye to Pharrell

The Clipse rapper explains the difference in the creative approach of the two mega-producers.

Published April 21, 2011

Pusha T has gone from working with the production mastermind of the Neptunes' Pharrell to hitting the studio with the one and only Kanye West. And while it's almost certain that he would come out of either session with a hot track, there is a big difference in how those records are made. In an interview with the Village Voice, one half of the Clipse compares the styles of the two producers.

"[Pharrell] has the beat finished and the hook almost down pat when I get to the studio. We may change a word or two to the hook but the melody and all that is there. It's like just insert the verse. I'll ask P how I should rap on it sometimes, how my cadence should be. He has a broad view of the whole beat, you know?," explained Pusha T. 

In contrast, Pusha went on to talk about how Kanye composes a record after the vocals are laid down. "With [Kanye West], a lot of his songs come from conversations, so at first the beat is just a skeleton. I'll hear a stripped-down version, lay my verse. Then 'Ye takes the beat and makes it so different. It took a little getting used to at first, but now I love it because it comes back a surprise," he said.

Pusha T is currently in the studio with Kanye West working on his G.O.O.D. music debut.

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Written by Kim Osorio


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