Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pusha T – Wrath of Caine Mixtape (2013) – Review

Review: Pusha T is ready to drop his first solo LP My Name Is My Name, but first he though we might all enjoy a mixtape. And, he was right, as Wrath of Caine is quite good. Building off the success of his Fear of God mixtape and Fear of God II: Let Us Pray EP from 2012, Pusha T has certainly put himself among the top MCs right now, and probably Kanye West’s best artist on his G.O.O.D. Music label. My Name Is My Name is one of the most anticipated hip hop releases of 2013.

Wrath of Caine finds Pusha T lyrically doing his normal thing, rapping about slinging cocaine with his great and easily recognizable ab-libs and religious imagery. Sure, maybe it is a little tired, but his word play, flow, and lyrical dexterity are fantastic making his raps delightful and engaging regardless. He also has a number of strong features, including Rick Ross, Wale, and his Re-Up Gang mate Ab-Liva.

Musically, Wrath of Caine is solid, with a street and reggae feel. It does not have that much flair, but it is only a mixtape and one would imagine that Pusha T is saving the best stuff for his album. That said, Southside, The Renegades, Young Chop, The Neptunes, Boogz N Tapez, Jake-One, and Bink! all provide good beats.

Even though this is just a prelude to his upcoming album, Wrath of Caine is better than most hip hop LPs and well worth checking out. 3/5

Essential Tracks:
1)      Blocka – Produced by Young Chop, featuring Popcaan and Travis Scott
2)      Millions – Produced by Southside, featuring Rick Ross
3)      Only You Can Tell It – Produced by Boogz N Tapez, featuring Wale

Available on: Digital Download

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