AOTY 2018
Pusha T - Daytona
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2018 Ratings: #29 / 704
Year End Rank: #6
User Score
2018 Ratings: #9
May 25, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
G.O.O.D., Def Jam / Label
Kanye West / Producer
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pretty Much Amazing

Another rare instance of an artist coming up with a classic a decade after what seemed like the peak of his career (Clipse’s Hell Hath No Fury), and the only thing that could’ve made it better was if he pre-released “Infrared” so that Drake could’ve responded and we could’ve had an album with “The Story of Adidon” on it.

94
Sputnikmusic

Daytona is the sound of Pusha-T being pushed to pursue perfection.

91
A.V. Club

It’s all dope-boy come-up stories, subliminal shit-talk, and luxury at a level only possible to convey via fine-art name-dropping and whatever the fuck a “caviar facial” is. For the first time since going solo, it all feels of a piece.

91
Consequence of Sound
Only seven tracks long, coke rap’s poet laureate continues to amaze with age as he pontificates on the hustle and grind.
90
Clash
By staying small, focussed and concise here, he makes the biggest statement of his solo career so far - going against the excess and all-you-can-eat approach that’s trapping the rest of the game is truly a stunt. Pusha T is timeless.
90
Highsnobiety

DAYTONA is an album with few wasted moments, a lean project that’s made for repeat consumption to ensure that you catch every punchline and revel in every sample.

86
HipHopDX
The seven-track album goes the distance to add further refinement and distillation to the steely, luxurious drug raps that earned him rap relevance.
85
The 405

It’s evident that Pusha T is at his most confident on DAYTONA; his rhymes carry confidence and clarity paired with a high head and a release that was well worth the three-year waiting period.

83
Pitchfork

Daytona is Pusha’s best work as a solo artist, a tightly wound record that doesn’t recapture the highs of peak Clipse, but finally makes ideal use of the now middle-aged rapper’s considerable skills.

80
The Guardian

Despite his success, Pusha T is still rapping about drug dealing – but the sheer pleasure of his flow, and Kanye West’s productions, smooth over any quibbles about authenticity.

80
Exclaim!

DAYTONA, the long-awaited new LP by Pusha T, boasts a mostly sinewy and understated sound that'll leave hip-hop heads in revelry.

80
NOW Magazine

The record’s simple presentation and briefness make for an engaging change from the epic crossover attempts of his prior LP Darkest Before Dawn.

80
The Needle Drop

At seven tracks and just over 21 minutes, the Kanye West-helmed DAYTONA is pretty much watertight and finds Pusha T in top form.

80
Rolling Stone

In many ways, Daytona replicates Jay-Z and No I.D.'s 2017 rap highlight 4:44: two older men who simply practice their craft, their legacies already secure.

80
PopMatters

It may not be the most uplifting album of the year. It may not be the most woke album of the year. But nothing is going to touch the "YUGH" factor of DAYTONA this year.

80
AllMusic
Throughout, Pusha's in typically percussive and phonetically advanced form with melodicism evidently eschewed as a potential distraction. It's a testament to the rapper's excellence that he can release a 20-minute album that withstands West's ostentatious art direction and shoddy guest verse.
80
XXL

Daytona is undoubtedly Pusha-T's best solo work to date. Casual fans will focus primarily on the Drake feud (centralized on album closer "Infrared") but it's the seven songs in totality that make the album—and this star moment for Push—great. Don't get caught up in the hype; Daytona is the real, uncut raw

80
musicOMH
This is not the King Push we were led to expect, but it is a quality record in its own right.
78
GIGsoup
Although it’s not a deep project, it’s appreciated and met expectations.
75
Spectrum Culture

Throughout Daytona’s seven songs, there’s a refinement to his on-wax aura, presenting himself as an older, sager throwback in a world full of Lil Yachtys.

60
The Observer
Brevity sharpens the ex-Clipse rapper’s focus ... rarely has he sounded as urgent.
MySoftBulletin
89
THE FIRST OF MANY GOOD MUSIC CLASSICS

bitch i'm sinbad
Space Vacation
93
Ahhh, I now have consumed and understand the Holy Trinity.

Thank and Bless you, 'Ye.
I apologize for ever even almost doubting your abilities for even the briefest moment.

DAYTONA might be my new favourite of 2018!?!? Fuck!?!?

Pusha's lines give me venereal diseases (in a good way...?)
Speaking of which; the mixture of Pusha-T's delivery, the context of what he's saying, the music he is saying it over and for fuck sakes even the length of the album itself can be compared only to frothing, ... read more
exception
82
Although this is much shorter than I would have liked, I think this is definitely the best to ever come from Pusha and the best release on G.O.O.D. Music in a long time. Very impressive bars and spectacular production, an overall phenomenal project. I gotta say though, Kanye's verse is my least favorite part of the album.

fav tracks: If You Know You Know, Hard Piano, Infrared
BradTasteMusic
88
Solid album with some great highlights. Lyrically dense and exciting! way too short though.

Edit: I am really coming to appreciate just how god damn solid this album really is. There is no filler
Rsvatosky
84
Short, sweet and poignant. Honestly doubted it after Kanye's recent outbursts but the beats are solid as fuck. Push comes in and spits and you just can't help but eat it up YEEUGHH. The hooks just start to get a little tired as most tracks end, but the transitions keep you on your toes.

The drake beef makes the whole thing even better. I don't think brevity is a valid complaint, this project doesn't overstay its welcome any more than it has too. Does anyone actually wish the songs were longer?
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Track List

  1. If You Know You Know
  2. The Games We Play
  3. Hard Piano [ft. Rick Ross]
  4. Come Back Baby
  5. Santeria
  6. What Would Meek Do? [ft. Kanye West]
  7. Infrared
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Added on: May 23, 2018