Yay or Nay: This Pusha T Song that sounds like Mase


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So, the Pusha T album dropped and I haven’t listened to it yet. While there have been some decent singles, I’m of the mind set that he’s been mailing it in for a while (or watering it down, whatever you prefer) so I can’t say I’m super hyped on checking it out. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Clipse and still think dude can rap his ass off I just don’t have anything telling me to rush and peep the album.
Yesterday, the internet was buzzing about one song in particular. A song called “Let me love you” where Pusha does a spot on impression of Mase. And when I say spot on, I mean I legit thought it was Mase in the second verse. Pusha wasn’t trying to bite though as the song was openly posed as an homage to the Harlem rapper turned pastor turned pastor rapper turned who the fuck knows what he’s doing right now.
Anyway, here’s the thing…as an underground rap guy, I’ve had a weird relationship with Mase. Some of you may be too young to know/recall this but in the mid/late 90’s the was a serious divide between underground/indy rap and mainstream shit. This was before the Neptunes and Timbaland revolutionized how popular rap sounded. In fact, this was more when those guys just started making waves. This was the era of Diddy and Mase prancing around in silver spacemen suits , while rapping over famous R&B loops. As an underground head , at the time, I loathed that shit. Admittedly, I was being a closed minded purist asshole about it and simply turning my back on anything that would be considered “popular”. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of really bad rap on the radio back then. Puffy was never a good rapper. Jarule always sucked. But Mase? I was straight up wrong about him. He was no Rakim but definitely had something. At some point in the early 2000’s, my ferocious opinions on what was right and wrong in hip hop just sorta stopped mattering to me. I began to judge things less on why they exist and more on simply what it is. During that time, I rediscovered Mase. And, while I didn’t become a huge fan, I got it. Mase had something. His lazy flow that sounded almost down syndrome like finally made sense to me when I removed all the “underground till I die”” pretense. He was nonchalant and amusing.

I write all that cause I’m sure some of you feel the same way minus the whole “I got it later” part. Mase is still a name that makes certain people cringe. Which is too bad but I understand.
So, here we are, with Pusha T rapping like Mase and I, for one, Kinda love it. He basically was a better version of Mase, which is pretty awesome.
So, my question to you is, what do you think about it?
Here’s the video:

Well?

15 thoughts on “Yay or Nay: This Pusha T Song that sounds like Mase

  1. So, the Puff & Mase era of hip hop had to have been one of the worst in history…but, nostalgia is nostalgia, and I was in high school at the time, so this is great. I think a lesser rapper doing a Mase impression would come off super wack, but there is something about Pusha T that puts it over the top. And, the fact that he sounds exactly like Mase is hilarious.

    Also, I can’t front, during that second verse, I was singing the lyrics from Mase’s song “What You Want” feat. Total…>_>

  2. To me he sounds like Mase through the whole thing. I was never a big Mase fan, I kinda fell into the camp that you said you used to be in. I tend to dislike any hip-hop that’s primarily about bitches, cars, money, etc & prefer my stuff with a bit more substance/depth lyrically & in the beats. Though I do kinda dig Clipse from way back though Pusha’s just been ok since he went solo. Couple decent tracks, but to me, he’s in the whole camp of Wayne/Drake/Big Sean/ & others I can’t name right now.. Maybe they’re decent rappers but they dumb it down & then get big on a couple radio hits. Once they hit, they stay stupid.

  3. They hyped this drop in a way that made me dislike the record without hearing it. I mean I could have just listened to the song instead of posting this but I already made my mind up.

    • The record is whatever but getting mad at how a record is promoted so much you don’t listen (assuming it’s an album you’d normally check out) seems a little short sighted.

  4. I was in that purist camp too regarding Mase. At the time i just wished he stuck doing his underground, children of the corn shit instead of the more jiggy stuff with bad boy. But eventually I grew to like him again . He became a cultural icon. Even Ke$ha bit his dollar sign as an “S” thing. As far as the Pusha song, I wouldnt want a whole album of this but its a nice homage. Being from harlem at the time, it was kind of cool to have somebody rep your area and put his people on. Blinky blink aside of course.

  5. when i first heard it i had the same impression first verse has the mase flow but you can hear pusha’s voice but the second verse i was like “is this mase” i looked at my phone to see the feat. to see if it was…nope just T and kelly..

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