"You, my son, will be blessed forever,” tweeted Pusha T in late July. The rapper’s benediction was sent to a young kid who had shared a photograph of his face bearing a large tattoo of the logo for Play Cloths, the clothing company in part founded by Pusha and his brother Malice back when they recorded as the Clipse. The image is captivating in its grotesqueness, highlighted by Pusha’s hashtag, “#IKnowTheFlawsOfAllMyChildrenAndYouArePerfect.”
Pusha came off like he was preaching, but these days it’s his brother, who has since renamed himself No Malice, who seems like the Clipse member more likely to deliver a sermon: Since the heights of the group, No Malice found religion while Pusha found ’Ye and his GOOD Music fashion emporium. But while the aura of No Malice’s newly discovered Christianity exists in the background of his solo album, Hear Ye Him, it’s a record that’s more about freeing yourself from surface falsehoods than anything like a forced religious listen. And it’s an album I wish the kid with the Play Cloths tattoo could hear.
(More musings on Hear Ye Him over at MTV Hive.)