This was released as the first single from Pusha T's debut album, My Name Is My Name
. The title of the LP is the jailhouse declaration of one of the characters in the hit crime TV show The Wire
. Pusha explained to Hip Hop Since 1987
: "Basically, I tried to pick a title that embodied who I am as an artist. I wanted people to understand like Pusha is everything that I really, really am."
"Actually, there is a line in 'Pain' where I say 'My name is my name', that line comes from Marlo Stanfield from the series The Wire
. It was one of the more prominent catch phrases that he said at the end of that series. He was basically saying, I am who I am, I stand on my name I live this. I really felt that embodied my presence in the rap game."