“… Over at the Green Stage, another G.O.O.D. Music artist gave an opposite performance of label mate Valee’s. Pusha T built momentum as he leisurely strolled on stage, unhurried by the crowd’s uproar. Hands calmly clasped in front of him, he gazed around the festival grounds with a smirk on his face. Once the tension reached its bubbling point, he flipped the switch and went wild running through his vast collection of hits from the past decade.
Pusha is a true performer. His crazed expression while rapping about the harsh reality of drug dealing makes the lifestyle that defined his sound feel vividly real in spite of the fact that he is now long separated from it. Heavy moshing punctuated by booming cannons only added to the intensity he brought to the set. Throughout his performance, he shouted out collaborator Kanye West and even performed his rendition of “Runaway,” which he co-wrote with Ye.
He also boldly declared that their joint project Daytona was rap album of the year. Claiming to be the best is part of hip hop culture, but I’d say Pusha has more to back this notion than the next braggadocious rapper since Daytona was up for Rap Album of the Year at the 2018 Grammy Awards. The fact that he lost to Cardi B just adds weight to his words. The mainstream, breakout superstar practically had her name on the award before the Academy even announced its nominees.
Pusha T’s exit was the same as his entrance, but not quite as effective. He walked off stage unceremoniously, and I think the crowd missed the fact that the set was done altogether as they held their applause …”