Two years ago The Clipse’s LP, Til the Casket Drops, rejuvenated their noise for the first time since 2006. Ironically, the album also signaled a proverbial death of the duo as we had grown to know them. The Thornton brothers, no longer the young VA rookies, stood at a crossroads. One brother chose the good book, leaving Clipse and its future in limbo. The other chose G.O.O.D Music, announcing late last year he had signed to Kanye West’s imprint. Months later, we receive the first project of Pusha-T’s dawning solo career, Fear of God.
Fear of God doesn’t stray from the lyricist’s roots. Though with this in mind, there isn’t much lead-way to any new horizons. He opens with “My God,” a double entendre gaping at his story of survival and success, and announcing his pending arrival. He wins again with “Money on My Mind” showcasing his skills with a clever Maya Angelou reference. Other standouts include the potential crossover track, “Feeling Myself” featuring Kevin Cossom; “Open Your Eyes;” and, the lone Pharrell-assisted “Raid” featuring 50 Cent.
The rest of the tape features numerous, uneventful freestyles and lackluster production. Even the Kanye-featured, “Touch It,” sounds lazy and isn’t worth more than two plays. He closes with “Alone in Vegas,” a reflective epilogue for what to expect. Hopefully fans don’t leave Pusha “alone” once his G.O.O.D. debut album finally surfaces.
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Written by Lorin Williams