Pusha T is a hip-hop recording artist from the United States who has $14 million. He is the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Re-Up Records with his brother. He is also recognized as one half of the hip-hop group Clipse, which he formed with his brother and fellow rapper Gene “No Malice” Thornton in the early 2000s.
They struck a friendship with Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes in the early 1990s. They launched a musical career that would involve major-label record agreements and highly acclaimed albums in the next decade and beyond.
Pusha T's real name is Terrence LeVarr Thornton, and he was born on May 13, 1977, in The Bronx, New York City, New York, and raised there. Thornton and his brother Gene grew raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where the family had migrated shortly before.
Both brothers peddled narcotics while they were teenagers, and Gene was finally booted out of his family's home once they discovered what he was up to. The year 1992 marked the beginning of his and Gene's pursuit of a career in hip hop when they created a group known as Clipse.
Following the formation of Clipse, the brothers were introduced to record producer and fellow Virginian Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes, who became friends with the brothers. When they signed a recording contract with Elektra Records in 1997, Williams was instrumental in securing the deal.
It was decided to cancel the release of their first album, “Exclusive Audio Footage,” since the first single released, “The Funeral,” was a commercial failure, and the band began working on a follow-up album instead.
Shortly after, Clipse was fired from the label, and Terrence started going under the rap pseudonym Pusha T. even though he was not signed to a big brand, Pusha T made several guest appearances on other artists' tracks notably those by Kelis and Nivea.
Pharrell Williams signed the team to Arista Records in early 2001, and the pair have been together ever since. Clipse began work on their big label debut, which will be executive produced by The Neptunes and released later this year.
In 2002, the band released their first song, “Grindin,” released on May 14, 2002. That same year, the song became a summer Top 40 success and peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100, released in July.
They had a similar level of success with their second song, “When the Last Time,” which reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. After releasing their first album, “Lord Willin,” in August 2002, Clipse rose to the top of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums list and reached the fourth position on the Billboard 200 chart.
The album was finally certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in October 2002. Towards the end of 2003, Clipse began recording songs for their second studio album, “Hell Hath No Fury.”
As a result of a merger between Sony Music Entertainment and BMG in 2004, the album's production was put on hold until the hip hop artists of Arista Records were transferred to Jive Records, which Sony Music Entertainment owns.
Clipse was compelled to remain on Jive as a result of contractual obligations. Clipse returned to work on the album and saw it completed, but the brothers were more dissatisfied with the Jive label.
Pusha T and his brother started their record label imprint, Re-Up Records, in 2004 and went on to form the hip-hop ensemble Re-Up Gang, which included fellow rappers Ab-Liva and Sandman, among others. ‘Hell Hath No Fury,' the group's third studio album (and most commercially successful), was released in 2006 and received reviews from reviewers.
In its first week on the Billboard chart, the album, which The Neptunes once again produced, debuted at No. 14. The songs “Mr. Me Too” and “Wamp Wamp” were reasonably successful, and the album was somewhat successful (What It Do).
Immediately following the release of Clipse's fourth studio album, “Til the Casket Drops,” in December 2009, both No Malice and Pusha T stated that they would be taking a break from the group to concentrate on their respective individual projects.
Pusha T announced that he had signed with Kanye West's G.O.O.D the following year. Music label, and on March 21, 2011, he released his first solo project, a mixtape titled “Fear of God,” which was well-received by critics.
This was followed by the official sequel, Fear of God II: Let Us Pray, which was also released through the label on April 1, 2012. Pusha T had an appearance on season two of HBO's “How to Make it in America,” which aired in 2011.
Later that year, he made an appearance on the song “What Do You Take Me For?” by English pop artist Pixie Lott. The song was a hit single in the United Kingdom, reaching No. 10 on the country's Top 40 chart.
Pusha T's official debut album, “My Name Is My Name,” was published by the label in 2013 and featured guest performances from Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, and other artists. Pusha released his first studio album, “King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude,” in December 2015. Pusha's latest album, “Daytona,” was released in 2018 to widespread critical praise.
Pusha T has been nominated for three Grammy Awards throughout his musical career. First place for Best Rap/Sung for “Like I Love You,” which was performed as a member of Clipse and with Justin Timberlake.
Following that, he was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013 for Best Rap Performance for “Mercy,” in which he performed alongside Kanye West, Big Sean, and 2 Chainz. In addition, he was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2019 for “Daytona” for Best Rap Album.
Pusha T has been embroiled in several feuds, beginning with a former label-mate. Pusha's solo mixtape included the tune “My God,” which was the first release of the mixtape.
Consequence took to Twitter to allege that Pusha T stole his flow and lyrics from “The Last Supper,” a song on which Pusha was scheduled to perform. Consequence claimed that Pusha T copied his flow and words from a song on which Pusha was supposed to feature.
For years, there has been a rift between Pusha T and the rapper Lil Wayne, which began after the duo Clipse and Birdman collaborated on “What Happened to That Boy.” Lil Wayne has a sneaking suspicion that Clipse's song “Mr. Me Too” was a dig at him.
Both men have downplayed their differences, with Wayne publicly declaring that he is over the situation. During the same period, Pusha T was notoriously embroiled in a fight with Drake over the release of T's single “Exodus 23:1.”
Their hatred was further exacerbated by the song “Infrared” from his 2018 blockbuster album “Daytona,” He accused Drake of hiring a ghostwriter to create his lyrics, which he denied. Drake retaliated to the song with the diss single “Duppy Freestyle” less than 24 hours after release.
In a New Arby's Ad, Rapper Pusha T Slams Mcdonald's
The feud between Pusha T and McDonald's Corp MCD -1.99 percent appears to have lasted nearly two decades. This week, he teamed up with Arby's to create a commercial mocking the fast-food chain's Filet-O-Fish sandwich.
Pusha T claims he and his brother, No Malice, worked on the 2003 McDonald's “I'm Lovin' It” jingle. Since McDonald's still uses the jingle, the rapper claims he and his brother were paid $1 million for their labor.
Terrence Thornton, the rapper, teamed up with Arby's to promote their new spicy fish sandwich while mocking McDonald's. I made the world adore it, now I have smashed it, Pusha T raps. You sell a square fish and want us to believe it. How about a cheap half-slice of cheese?
No reaction from McDonald's. Pusha T's agent, Junior Suriel, declined to comment. The video also has a clown sprinting with money bags and an Arby's logoed boat diving into the waters.
“Say less, this is nonsense. Pusha T raps, “Tartarized Filet-o-Fish is tasteless.” “Arby deals exclusively in magnificence. “I bet the house is like Vegas.”
Pusha T and his wife Virginia Williams are expecting the birth of their son, Nigel Brixx Thronton, in June 2020. The child's middle name, “Brixx,” has sparked debate since it is a slang word for cocaine, which is a drug that Pusha T regularly raps about in his music.