Midway through Pusha T‘s verse on “Nosetalgia,” a single from his upcoming My Name Is My Name, he raps, “N*gga, I was crack in the school zone/Two beepers on me, Starter jacket that was two toned.” That’s one side of the drug game, the one Pusha knows all too well: being an active participant. Kendrick Lamar, on the other hand, he’s never sold an ounce of cocaine in his life, but his life was no less affected. His dad was a user, someone who “dumped a quarter piece to a four and a half/Took a L, started selling soap fiends bubble bath.”
“Nosetalgia” tells the same story from two perspectives, and they’re both equally revealing.
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