Remorselessness can immediately be felt whenever Pusha T speaks into a microphone. On his debut studio effort, My Name Is My Name, the Clipse member leaps about his lyrics so completely consumed by topics such as merciless drug dealing, womanizing, expensive living, and street violence that the triteness of the content might seem to elude him, but no need to worry, the clever wordplay and rhyme style he musters up will tide over the most scrutinizing of rap fans. The production, handled by Kanye West, Don Cannon, 88-Keys, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell Williams, No I.D., Nottz, The Dream, Hudson Mohawke, and others, makes for a new, exciting experience as far as beats are concerned, but Pusha-T's overwhelming self-centeredness and obsession with absolute power make My Name Is My Name sound like an exercise in intimidation.
Although Pusha mentions freeing his homies in "40 Acres," which is one of the only few instances of consideration for the next man, he spends the vast majority of the album rapping about his cash, clout, and catches. The first seven tracks might as well have the same title because Pusha raps about the same topics ad nauseam. The only saving grace there though is Pusha's excellent writing and rapping skills. The key is to pay more attention to the wordplay than the subject matter. "Let Me Love You" sees a stylistic Pusha sounding like Mase as he spins his verses. "Nosetalgia," with its superb Kendrick Lamar guest verse and sample of BDP-era KRS-One, provides a refreshing break from some of the monotony preceding it. The songs that come before it tend to lack stand-out status and suffer from being guest heavy. "Pain," which features Future, at least incorporates some useful life lessons, but it's too little too late. While providing a careful examination of undercover informants, the last song, "S.N.I.T.C.H.," unfortunately leaves Pusha sounding resentful as he plays the victim. Guests include Rick Ross, Kelly Rowland, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean among others.
Overall, My Name Is My Name is a satisfactory solo debut for Pusha T when you take into account the great wordplay and innovative production and disregard the ruthless, unstoppable braggadocio. The album is a little short on dynamic dimensions, but it's pure ear candy for lovers of hardcore gangster rap.