PUSHA T EARNS FIRST NO. 1 BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM WITH ‘IT’S ALMOST DRY’
Written by torresanz on May 2, 2022
The “Cocaine Dr. Seuss” is No. 1. Pusha T’s fourth solo effort It’s Almost Dry took the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart, a seminal moment for the Virginia rapper who broke through in 1999 with his brother Malice as the Clipse and released classic album such as 2002’s Lord Willin’ and 2006’s Hell Hath No Fury to finally reach the summit of the charts.
According to Billboard, the album moved an estimated 55,000 total album-equivalent units since its release on April 22, slightly lower than the output of 2018’s DAYTONA, which debuted with over 77,000 total album-equivalent units. The album is Pusha’s third Top 5 Billboard 200 debut, following 2013’s My Name Is My Name and DAYTONA.
With split production from Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, the 12-track album features guest appearances from Ye, Kid Cudi, JAY-Z, Lil Uzi Vert, Don Toliver, Malice and Labrinth.
Pusha’s victory lap with It’s Almost Dry has not only found him front and center for New York City’s upcoming Summer Jam concert but addressing ghosts, namely whether he has an issue with Eminem. During an interview with a local NYC radio station, Pusha addressed the online rumor and chalked it up to social media chatter.
“I saw just recently on Twitter people saying myself and Eminem,” he explained. “I’m like, bro! It was a misinterpretation of something I don’t even remember. Something I said or whatever. But you know, people decode, and they have their own thing — and I was like, ‘Nah, man!”
He added, “Em is somebody that I respect. He’s one of them people that I really like what he does because, after all of his success, I can still find Lyricist Lounge Eminem [Eminem appeared on Lyricist Lounge in 1998]. That’s a goal for me, personally.”