Pusha T - Daytona
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Based on 23 reviews
2018 Ratings: #19 / 794
Year End Rank: #4
User Score
2018 Ratings: #8
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May 25, 2018 / Release Date
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G.O.O.D., Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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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.


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

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.

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.
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.

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.

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


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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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

The Observer
Brevity sharpens the ex-Clipse rapper’s focus ... rarely has he sounded as urgent.
Let's take a moment to appreciate the Golden Age of King Push that was 2018. From DAYTONA to the Drake beef to a GRAMMY nomination, Pusha truly left a mark in recent hip hop history, fully transitioning from Clipse into a fierce middle-aged solo rapper thirsty for blood and vengeance! With Kanye playing a major contributing role, DAYTONA is an excellent combination of brutal delivery and stupendous production!

It's times like this when I take a look back at DAYTONA, the events following its ... read more

bitch i'm sinbad
☆☆☆☆ 1/2

There really needs to be more of this collaboration in the future, I doubt anyone would have a problem with that.

And you don't even have to completely change up the style, because Push already works better over here with these subtle, grimy and futuristic instrumentals, than wherever he's been before.

"Santeria" is still a masterpiece after all this time. The switch-ups are unreal, and he's got 2 vicious, unforgiving verses to dish out. It's easily one of the ... read more
Space Vacation
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
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
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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