Woo!! We got something rare from the Black Rick Flair. With his debut solo album My Name is my Name dropping later this year, Pusha had to keep the streets waiting with his new mixtape Wrath of Caine.
As a sequel to Fear of God and Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray, this mixtape is everything fans have come to love about Pusha from his raw lyrics, to street poetry and authenticity. From the moment the tape starts, the intro gives that ghetto-gospel feel which sets the tempo for the rest of the tape. The next song is the anticipated collaboration “Millions” featuring Rick Ross ,which is the hardest song on the tape by far, and both rappers deliver some of their best bars. The next song is another anticipated collaboration called “Doesn’t Matter” featuring buzzing Bad Boy rapper French Montana. The song has that reggae appeal and French gives his best reggae impersonation as Pusha delivers some of his ‘reality rap’, addressing Illuminati rumours with bars like “Since y’all claim I’m Illuminati, tell me why would you try me Kennedy, John F., or Bobby. Almost caught Reagan, but they stopped us at the lobby. And that was broad day, so how the f**k you gon’ stop me?”
The next song “Blocka” produced by Young Chop who emerged as a top producer due to his work with Chief Keef ,creates another heavy hitter influence by a reggae background. Pusha flows over the beat nicely and as always delivering some dope lyrics. As the tape progress, the sound of the tape evolves from songs like “Doesn’t Matter” featuring up and coming rapper French Montana and “Blocka”, to smooth sounds Pusha is also known for killing such as “Revolution” produced by Neptunes. They are frequent collaborators of his which includes him spitting his thoughts about his struggles and success so far. The other anticipated track on the mixtape comes after called “Only You Can Tell It” featuring Wale, in which both rappers give you some perspective into their lives, only the way they can tell it.
Towards the end of the tape, the song “Trust You” featuring Kevin Gates comes on and this dedication to the ladies is as straightforward as the chorus states “I may trust you with his money and drugs.” “Take my Life” comes up and it is a statement to his critics and doubters about how he has made it and he owes no one anything. Frequent collaborator in Liva from the Clipse days who spits a nice statement type interlude similar to a Jay-Z’s Public Service Announcement called “Re-Up Motivation”. This joint is a dive into their drug dealing past as Pusha ad-libs in the background like how Diddy is known for. The Tape closes out on a soulful track called “I am Forgiven” produced by the legendary Bink (recent hits include Devil in a New Dress, Jay-Z Interview and What It Look like) stating his events, his career, whether good or bad – but in the end, he boasts and brags saying I am Forgiven!
If you are a Pusha fan you should be pleased with what you heard. As he states in his outro, it’s just an appetiser to his album My Name Is My Name. I tell you one thing, after listening to the tape you will probably ask for yourself, “I guess the power is still in his hair, isn’t it?”
Written By: Jerrell Leeper (@DapperJ)