Pusha T was lauded for his contributions to Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but his verses wouldn’t have made the cut if he quit the recording sessions as planned.
During a recent episode of Noah Callahan-Bever’s “Idea Generation” Youtube series, Pusha’s longtime manager, Steven Victor, revealed that the Daytona emcee walked out of the sessions in Hawaii after growing frustrated with Ye’s process of recording. With no plans to return, he reportedly showed no interest when Rick Ross called him on West’s behalf and invited him back to the island to work on the album.
“There’d be periods where we would be in Hawaii for like two or three weeks and no work would be getting done. So for someone like Pusha, it’s like, ‘What is this? This doesn’t make sense,'” Victor explained. “We were supposed to go out there one time, and he was like, ‘Tsk. I’m not going, man. This ain’t it.’ I was like, ‘Nah, we have to go! [Kanye’s] process is his process.’ He was like, ‘I’m not going.’”
With hopes to change Pusha’s mind, Victor made his way to Hawaii to scout the scene and ran into West, who asked for the Clipse star’s whereabouts. Victor explained that he had a stomach virus and would be making his way to the island the following day, eventually falling into a conversation about Pusha and his future at G.O.O.D. Music.
“We’re talking and he’s asking me questions about the Clipse and so on and so forth,” Victor recalled of his chat with Ye. “I’m like, ‘Yo, we should X, Y, Z.’ And he’s like, ‘That’s a great idea.’ So I get back and I call Pusha and I’m like, ‘Yo, I just had this conversation with Kanye. Ye wants you to come out here ASAP, so we can figure this out.'”
See the full interview below.