Last night Pusha T gave a riveting performance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and he debut new songs from his forthcoming record, King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude.
Trevor Noah is continuing his predecessor’s habit of bringing on musicians for a TV performance, which for Noah began with Ryan Adams back in October, and on Tuesday night, he brought on masterful wordsmith and Kanye West collaborator Pusha T to play two tracks. The first track Push performed was the stunning, pointed examination, “Sunshine,” which had sharp lyrics about Freddie Gray and corporate media, citing the time Talib Kweli excoriated CNN’s Don Lemon during the Michael Brown investigation in Ferguson, in the performance Push raised a fist of power, which left a feeling of strength that was tactile, the second song was the equally vitriolic “Crutches, Crosses, Caskets.”
Before the performance of the latter, Noah asked him if the themes behind this record were inherently dark, to which Push responded “I’m talking about everything that’s going on in society—the good, the bad, and the ugly.” Darkest Before Dawn, which will come out this Friday
(December 18) via G.O.O.D. Music (which Pusha T is the head of now) and Def Jam, and, will feature appearances from A$AP Rocky, Kanye West, The-Dream, Puff Daddy, Kehlani, and more.
Check out the full tracklisting and cover art below.
King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude:
03 M.F.T.R. [ft. The-Dream]
04 Crutches, Crosses, Caskets
05 M.P.A. [ft. Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and The-Dream]
06 Got Em Covered [ft. Ab-Liva]
07 Keep Dealing [ft. Beanie Sigel]
08 Retribution [ft. Kehlani]
10 Sunshine [ft. Jill Scott]
Tune into The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Weekdays at 11 PM (Eastern) on Comedy Central