Review: Pusha T, ‘It’s Almost Dry’

Twenty-three years of raps later, Pusha T’s pot is still scorching hot, poised as an autonomous victor on his fourth studio album, It’s Almost Dry.

Just when you think coke has been personified to the max, Pusha T comes around with another hundred ways to vaunt his trade. It’s a practice that goes back decades at this point, but the Virginia hustler has made his content immortal, and fans always want more. Seven years into his solo career, Push reached a new peak with the 2018 Ye-produced DAYTONA, a 7-track odyssey marked as one of the best rap albums of the decade. With DAYTONA setting a new standard, and the rapper’s lengthy breaks between albums, the next body of work has lingering expectations around it.

It’s Almost Dry proves Pusha T has the most reliable blueprint in the game, convincing us to buy his product each and every time — because it lives up to the promise.

Photography: David Cabrera

THE KANYE-PHARRELL PRODUCTION.

It’s Almost Dry splits production from Pusha’s go-to’s, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West — already parading his ambition for the album, and his accessible connections. Each track finds the producer’s staple sound: Pharrell’s clunky clangs show up on “Brambleton”, “Neck & Wrist”, “Call My Bluff” and more, while Ye’s soulful chops shape tracks like “Dreamin of the Past”, “Rock N Roll” and lead single, “Diet Coke”.

Pusha’s cutthroat one-liners are all over “Just So You Remember”

But what’s part of that blueprint? Firstly, having Kanye West and Pharrell Williams sketching your schematics. The short-form album also favours Pusha; neither of his last three albums pass the 35-minute mark.

KANYE’S BEST SONGS

PHARRELL’S BEST SONGS

“SCRAPE IT OFF” + PREV. SINGLES

WEAK MOMENTS: “NECK & WRIST”, “CALL MY BLUFF”

“Rock N Roll” teeters between working well and sounding like a fan-made song you’d find on YouTube (albeit a decent one).

TBW.

8.5 / 10

Best tracks: “Diet Coke”, “Let the Smokers Shine the Coupes”, “Just So You Remember”, “Hear Me Clearly”