“I don't ever think that lyric driven hip-hop go out of style,” says a goaded Pusha T. We’re talking about his latest single, “Pain,” a record that sounds as dark as Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino’s 1997 flick The Devil’s Advocate with Push blanketing his verses with lyrical gems that’ll have many rewinding it back like a DJ. The record, which finds Future crooning a sinister hook, will serve as the first official single of P’s forthcoming Def Jam solo debut and he can't stress that enough. “That’s the biggest thing that I want people to get across,” he explains to XXL, placing strong emphasis on the words first and official over the phone on this rainy Monday afternoon in NYC. “This is the first official single off of my album. This “Pain” record really embodies the whole mood.”
How fitting is it that this record comes as the aforementioned flick, which he previously explained will embody the soundbed of the album, celebrates it’s 15th anniversary this week? The new single arrives as the Virginia lyricist enjoys quite a run this year. His Rico Beats-produced “Exodus 23:1″ sent shockwaves within the blogosphere, an appearance alongside The-Dream for the crooner’s “Dope Bitch” record made for one of this past summer’s dope offerings, “New God Flow” continues to be mentioned in the ‘best rap record ?of the year’ conversations and, well, we can't forget the release of Cruel Summer.