REVIEW: PUSHA T IN LONDON
Pusha T headlines a sold-out concert at Koko, Camden.
During his European tour, King Push landed at Camden’s KOKO on Friday (June 6) to perform a sold-out show for his London fans. The ‘New God Flow’ MC had support from Meridian Dan, who kicked things off with a couple of new tracks, ‘I’m From A Place’ and of course, ‘German Whip’.
DJ Yogi took over where the 'Bloodline' lyricist left off, making KOKO feel like an Atlanta club with a selection of Trap beats. Close to 9pm, Terrence Thornton, aka Pusha T, kicked off with ‘My Name Is My Name’ opener ‘King Push’. Bouncing with energy, the 37-year-old performed album favourites ‘Sweet Serenade’, ‘40 Acres’ and ‘Hold On’.
It was interesting, but perhaps expected to see the crowd get the wildest over his collaborative tracks such as ‘Mercy’, ‘Runaway’ and ‘I Don’t Like’ – GOOD Music has played a part in his present-day mainstream appeal for those fans who don’t come from the glory days of ‘Lord Willin’ (no Clipse tracks were played, by the way). I then realised after talking to some of the audience that there were fans that were only there for the glory days. And that’s a shame, because the Virginia artist has plenty to offer as a solo artist, here and now. Despite all of his years in music, he’s still only on his first solo album.
A fine example of what he has to offer was shown in his performance of ‘Numbers On The Boards’ which embodies all the great things rap once possessed with ease. One lyric that seemed to stick as I left the venue was ‘how can you relate when you ain’t never been great?’
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)