Crutches, Crosses, Caskets

Album: King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Pusha T taking a downbeat view of the current rap game. "The catch phrase in the hook is 'all I see is victims,'" he wrote in a Genius annotation. "It's the polar opposite of me being a rap fan, growing up in a time when I looked at rappers like supreme superheroes. I don't get that feeling anymore."
  • Speaking to MTV News about the track, Pusha explained it is a state of the union for rap, of sorts. "It's just my perspective on the rap game," the Virginia rhymer said. "Priorities are a little bit skewed in the rap game. I feel like rappers seem victimized these days and I just jumped at that energy."
  • Puff Daddy (along with Ke'noe, Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and Mario Winans) supplies Pusha with a snapping backbeat to spit his acidic rhymes over. This isn't the first time the Virginia rapper and the Bad Boy mogul have collaborated. The pair previously linked up on the Fear of God II: Let Us Pray cut "Changing Of The Guards."

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