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Desiigner Talks Success, Influences, and Upbringing with Pusha T for ‘Interview’ Magazine

Musical phenom Desiigner‘s featured in October’s issue of Interview magazine. Pusha T, current president of G.O.O.D. Music interviewed the hip-hop new comer discussing his instant breakout hit, his musical influences, how he considers himself an artist not a rapper, recording “Panda,” and his upbringing in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.

Desiigner jumped to the forefront of hip-hop with his infectious smash “Panda.” At the time just 18-years-old, the Bed-Stuy native went on to receive a co-sign from Ye himself; who later signed him to his G.O.O.D. Music label.

There was more success on the horizon for the young star. Kanye sampled “Panda” on “Father Stretch My Hands,” a record off his highly-anticipated album Life of Pablo; propelling the artist’s debut track up the Billboard 100 charts, ultimately landing at No. 1.

Photo Credit: Interview magazine/BJARNE JONASSON
Photo Credit: Interview magazine/BJARNE JONASSON

Desiigner continued making waves.  After nabbing a spot on XXL‘s coveted Freshman list, a 45-sec clip of him performing his new single “Tiimmy Turner” acapella, as a member of the 2016 Freshman Class immediately went viral.

Check out some of the highlights from the Billboard charting artist’s interview with his G.O.O.D music boss below.

ON HIS MUSICAL INFLUENCES:

“If anything, I would consider my grandfather. He’s a blues player. I like the old soul—you know how it is, Pusha, that old soul. My grandfather, he went by the name Sidney “Guitar Crusher” Selby; he formed that old soul, that old blues, that old rock that I put on my songs. He bluesed it out. And my pops, he was old-school, too; he played that old funk. I fell in love with that old style. You feel me?”

ON THE AFFECTS OF SUCCESS AND BEING AN ARTIST:

“Yeah. I definitely see that people take my creativity a lot more seriously now. It’s a lot more serious, because that’s the artist I want to be. I’m an artist, I’m not a rapper, I’m nowhere near a rapper. I’m an artist, and I’m here to be creative with every step I take, with every move I make. You feel that? You know what time it is!”

Photo Credit: Interview magazine/BJARNE JONASSON
Photo Credit: Interview magazine/BJARNE JONASSON

ON CREATING “PANDA”:

“When I heard the track, it was like a movie started in my head. It’s like, God put the words in me. The way it started, it’s like I saw the movie in my head and just wrote. I didn’t even think about it, I just blanked out. It was a zone I blanked to. And God was giving me the words. Even today I think about how I make my music, and I’m like …”

ON WHAT’S TO COME:

“It’s going to be a whole lot of visuals. It’s creativity on top of creativity. Merchandise, tours … It’s going to be crazy. The Life of Desiigner, baby, that’s the name of the album.”

 

The 19-year-old’s star is certainly shining bright. With his debut Life of Desiigner pending and respect from hip-hop heavyweights like Kanye, and Pusha T, Desiigner’s well on his way to carving out a lane of his own and reaching even greater heights.

Head over to Interview magazine to check out the full interview.

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Teyana Taylor Shines In “Champions (Freestyle)” [New Video]

The First Lady of G.O.O.D. Music is back this week with a freestyle over Kanye West‘s Cruel Winter single “Champions.”

Following her epic slay in Ye’s “Fade” video, the Harlem native delivers a stop-motion video featuring photographs of her exceptional nude physique dipped in gold while also sporting machine guns. As if to let the world know that she’s coming for the recognition she’s earned and deserves Taylor holds nothing back.

“Pray for ’em. Get these bitches out the way for ’em. I’ve been getting money, where the hell you been? No album out and somehow, I was getting paid.”

The photographs were shot by Sasha Samsonova and they comprise the entire video. Besides working on a follow-up to her 2014 debut VII, Taylor is also starring in VH1’s hip-hop drama series The Breaks. 

Watch Teyana slay once more below.

 

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Fly Visual: Benny Cassette Feat. Isaiah Rashad – “Virgo Season”

Today, Grammy nominated producer, songwriter, and singer Benny Casette releases the music video to the single “Virgo Season”. Casette teams up with TDE‘s Isaiah Rashad for the dark and sultry beach set music video.

Benny is signed to Very GOOD Beats, the production company to Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music record label and is notable for working with artists such as Elle Varner, John Legend, and Miguel.

Casette is currently gearing up to release his new EP Apocolypse that is set to feature BJ the Chicago Kid, Stacey Barthe, and Pell.

Peep the visual below:

Be sure to follow Benny on his socials as he is set to release more new material through the top of the new year.

Twitter: @BENNYCASSETTE
Website: BennyCassette.com
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Pusha T On Ebro In Morning: Talks Lil Wayne & Birdman Beef, New Single, Trap Music & more

Pusha T drops by Hot 97‘s Ebro In The Morning during his visit in New York just on the brink of his sneaker collaboration release with Adidas.

The Clipse veteran talks about his new Timbaland-produced single “Untouchable”, beef with Lil Wayne and Birdman, being criticized for rapping about “coke” aka cocaine, his official new President seat of G.O.O.D. Music, new album and so much more.

About the Wayne and Birdman beef:

“It was a wild interview and the outtakes of the interview got out, so there’s was a lot of loose-talk. To have someone that big say disparaging things about you, that’s a heavy-hit.”

Peep the full interview below:

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Fly News: PUSHA T Announced President of G.O.O.D. MUSIC

Pusha T, the Grammy®-nominated, multi-platinum artist and producer, and a key architect of today’s post-modern hip-hop/pop universe, has been appointed president, G.O.O.D. Music, it was announced today by label founder Kanye West.

Pusha recently spoke with Billboard about the G.O.O.D. News:

A big congratulations are in order. Just got word that you will be the president of G.O.O.D. Music. How was the offer presented you?

Actually, I was flying home and I had just got into my car at the airport. ‘Ye had called me and he was like, “Tell me something. What do you think about being the president of G.O.O.D. Music?” And I was like, “Well, what are the things that you’re looking for?” And he was basically just like, to manicure the label, make it profitable and be very business-oriented about it going forward in a manicured type of way.

In addition to his new role at G.O.O.D. Music, Pusha T is a co-founder(with his brother Gene “No Malice” Thornton) of Play Cloths, a successful Street wear line, and as an early investor in Mass Appeal. Pusha T is also a frequent collaborator with the adidas Originals brand, most recently taking part in the brand’s Spring / Summer ‘Superstar’ 2015 campaign.

In a perfect world, what would G.O.O.D. Music look like to you in the next five months?

I just look at capitalizing on everything that I feel like G.O.O.D. Music brings to the music industry, our following, and the culture. First of all, we have incredible artists. It’s definitely about getting those albums out in a very manicured fashion. We have great artistic talent that sort of walk the lines of bringing that excitement back in regards to just the art that goes along with it like DONDA, the merch and things like that. Things that kids are really into these days. You see how fashion takes over and these pop-up shops take over and how the music business is a real touring business now, just the things associated with it. Just building it out to make sure that everybody on the label is really capitalizing off of all the assets that really come with GOOD Music, that we really started, that we’ve really been good at. Just really executing all the different avenues of music, art, culture and fashion as well.

Since 2011, G.O.O.D. Music (Getting Out Our Dreams) has been signed to an exclusive worldwide label agreement with Def Jam Recordings, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG). G.O.O.D. Music is currently home to an acclaimed artist roster that includes Big Sean, Q-Tip, Teyana Taylor, Kacy Hill, and Pusha T himself, among others. G.O.O.D. Music has amassed scores of certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum selling albums and singles.

Since his signing to G.O.O.D. Music in 2010, Pusha T has garnered an impressive track record. He was featured with Kanye West in 2010, on the RIAA platinum “Runaway” from Mr. West’s classic album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. In 2012, Pusha T took the lead on a number of tracks from Kanye West’s influential Cruel Summer album, most notably the #1 triple-platinum “Mercy” (with Big Sean and 2 Chainz). Pusha T has been featured on literally dozens of tracks by such artists as Lorde, Puffy Daddy, Jeezy, Future, The-Dream, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, Chris Brown and has become a sought after collaborator with EDM’s biggest names following the success of his track “Burial” with Yogi and Skrillex. Throughout 2015 Pusha T’s music has scored many of the biggest moments in film, television and commercials providing the soundtrack for everything from adidas campaigns to the VMAs. Pusha T’s 2013 debut solo album for G.O.O.D. Music, My Name Is My Name, entered the Billboard Hip-Hop Album Chart at #2.

Pusha T (born Terrence Thornton in the Bronx) emerged in the fertile hip-hop music scene centered in Virginia Beach, not far from where he grew up in Norfolk. In 1992, he and his brother Gene formed the much revered, platinum selling rap duo the Clipse.

Congrats Pusha T!

Read more of Pusha’s interview over at Billboard.com

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Teyana Taylor – ‘Sorry’ [SFPL Tunes]

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Teyana Taylor proves her vocals are here to stay on today, as she releases a dope ballad entitled “Sorry”, which is gaining quite a buzz. The G.O.O.D. Music princess has been working quite hard on her debut album but wanted to provide a little teaser for her fans. Check it out below…

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Pusha T – ‘Numbers On The Boards [Video Premiere]

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Pusha T provides lyrical resuscitation for the masses — providing his explosive new joint entitled “Numbers On The Boards.” With guest appearances from Kanye West and Chief Keef, Pusha takes no prisoners, as he gives us a glimpse of his dark; but sublime content of what’s to come from the Virginia-made rapper. Peep the video below…

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John Legend ft. Rick Ross – ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ [Explicit Video]

Paired with beautiful women, lavish jewels and dapper evening attire, John Legend gives us an exclusive glimpse of his luxury themed visual entitled “Who Do We Think We Are” featuring Rick Ross. Check it out below…

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In Case You Missed It: KiD CuDi Performs “Immortal” On Jimmey Kimmel

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 KiD CuDi hits the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage and performs his new single “Immortal”  which will live on his forthcoming album Indicud. The song is definitely one of  my favorite tracks of 2013 and has me looking forward to the Wizard’s new project. He also performed “Just What I Am” and premiered a new song “Mad Solar” which he performed off air a capella. Checkout CuDi’s performance below.

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New Music: John Legend feat. Rick Ross – ‘Who Do We Think We Are’

From his June 25th debut of ‘Love in the Future’, John Legend releases a soul jawn entitled “Who Do We Think We Are” featuring Rick Ross, which was produced by G.O.O.D. Music’s boss Kanye West and Dave Tozer. Peep the new track below…