Pusha T is known for his reckless rhymes, but even he shed a tear while reflecting on his parents’ deaths.
During an interview with Charlamagne Tha God to promote his upcoming album It’s almost dryKing Push recalled the loss of his parents, Mildred and Gene Thornton, who died within four months.
When asked how he was coping with such a devastating loss, Pusha was overcome with emotion. “I think the only thing that’s helped me deal with the grief right now… All I know is that I’ve been good to my parents, both of them, really good. I mourn out of selfishness, I mourn now,” he said.
He stopped as tears filled his eyes. “You’re fine, I know,” he added before wiping away a tear.
He asked for a handkerchief and continued despite the difficult subject.
Pusha announced the death of his mother, Mildred Thornton, in November. “Love you Ma, thanks for staying here to meet your amazing baby,” he wrote in a tribute on Instagram.
Four months later in March, Pusha’s father, Gene Elliott Thornton Sr., died. “I love you dad…you taught me to stay balanced, always calculated, be proud and respect hustle and hard work, but make the difference.” knowing between the two,” the rapper wrote alongside a photo of his father with their son Nigel Brixx, who was born in June 2020. “I am who I am because of you and I have always been proud to be your son.”
Elsewhere, he reflected on his legacy and what it means after the death of his parents.
“Legacy is everything to me because I understand that when she dies I have so many great things to point to and with a tainted legacy you don’t have that,” he said. “I’m thinking of my son and he’s going to be able to look at his father’s legacy and be like, ‘Aww man, he was amazing.'”
Pusha is preparing for his highly anticipated album It’s almost dry. Last week he released his new single “Neck and Wrist” featuring JAY-Z and Pharrell Williams.
Watch the full interview below.