Rappers often pay homage to artists that they admire, and Pusha T is revealing how a Hip Hop icon inspired his moniker. Push is a well-respected lyricist in his own right, but he doesn’t have a problem giving pioneers their flowers. He especially honored Ice-T, revealing that “Pusha T” was derived from one of the “Colors” hitmaker’s songs.
A clip from Pusha’s appearance at the Grammys hit the internet, specifically a moment he had with Revolt on the red carpet. “An Ice-T song, ‘I’m Your Pusher,’” he revealed. Push was asked if Ice-T was aware of his influence. “You know what? I seen him standing outside of a hotel one day and I actually did tell him.”
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It was an unforgettable moment that Pusha T was grateful for. “I actually gave him all his flowers, right then and there, I had to,” he added. So, what did Ice have to say about it? “Listen, he told me he was actually a fan of my work, and that was enough for me.” When it was noted that Ice-T was a “real G,” Pusha didn’t hesitate to reply, “One thousand percent!”
After catching the clip on social media, Ice-T reposted the kind exchange. In the caption, he had nothing but praise for the Virginia hitmaker. “Absolutely nothing but Respect to @PUSHA_T Love is love,” he stated. “Plus he’s one of the Best to ever do it.” Fans praised the feel-good moment, especially as Hip Hop has been littered with division.
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Meanwhile, Ice-T was one of the dozens of Hip Hop pioneers and hitmakers to take to the Grammys stage last weekend. The Los Angeles entertainer’s reach has gone far beyond music, as he’s now more recognized for his Law & Order character than his Gangster Rap days. In fact, he revealed he had to put his television filming on pause to make the Hip Hop 50th Grammy tribute.
“Questlove calls me up and he says, ‘All right, you gotta come to L.A. this weekend… It’s a big performance, I got you in the lineup,’” he recalled. “And I was still hesitant ’cause it’s a long travel, But then he says, ‘You don’t want to be sitting at home watching this show, saying you should’ve been there. I was invited but I didn’t show up.’ And I got my Black a** on a plane.”