“I’m the only dope boy quotable” is the ultimatum Pusha served on “Lunch Money”
As far as mainstream goes, Pusha T is most definitely not wrong. His wit and skill with a pen manifests in the wordplay displayed in respect to that topic.
Drugs have always been a part of Hip Hop. It was an artform born in poverty, which is unfortunately a grove for vices to grow unattended. The gravity of choosing such a topic is not lost on me, but drugs are a harsh reality and wholly fair game to rhyme on.
I say this before touching “Sunshine” because I predict many critics would question why Pusha (a “drug rapper”) has validity when penning social commentary.
Pusha is a rapper who spins stories based on reality, so the fact the slice of reality Pusha chooses is drug dealing, doesn’t hinder him from cutting a wider slice.
“Sunshine” is a really great track and you can see the care Pusha has for his craft on the Daily Show performance. His concentration on the lyricism on this record is reflective of a sincere passion and concern for the issues of racism and police brutality. This is not a mainstream rapper making an social appeal for the sake of popularity, rather an honest emcee reflecting the realities he encounters.
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