Daytona is the third studio album by Virginia rapper Pusha T following up on the 2015 album “King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude”. The album is completely produced by Kanye West, who also features on the album. The other feature on this album is Rick Ross. It is the first of five albums that are set to release in the following weeks. Yeezy Season is here.

The day before “Daytona” was set to release it was already making headlines following the controversial album cover, using a picture of Whitney Houston’s drug-filled bathroom taken in 2006, that Pusha T and his executive producer Kanye West chose last minute. The reaction to this change was negative with some calling it disrespectful, but it fits the controversial marketing campaign that Kanye has been pushing on his twitter.

Daytona” runs for 21 minutes and it’s tracklist is as followed:
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

1. If You Know You Know:
On the first track on the album Pusha T goes back to his roots talking about the topics he has been touching on for most of his career, crack/cocain. He references his own success dealing but also talks down on his peers. The title refers to the drug-dealing lifestyle and how he lived in those times.

2. The Games We Play
Similar to the previous track, Pusha T again takes inspiration from his past and celebrates his success by rapping about how drugs made him rich, but he also shouts out the artists he was influenced by such as Wu-Tang members Raekwon, Ghostface Killa and the West Coast rap crew N.W.A.

3. Hard Piano ft. Rick Ross
On the third track on this album, King Push is joined by Rick Ross, who is famous for his features. He definetely lived up to that reputation on this track. The chorus is sung by TWF Tony Williams, Kanye’s cousin. On this track Rick Ross brags about his wealth and hoes while Pusha T is critical of the new wave of Soundcloud rappers such as Lil Pump and 6ix9ine saying they ruined the image of wearing certain brands such as Patek.

4. Come Back Baby
Come Back Baby is a banging track that has Pusha T rapping about his love for dope and the money he makes from it. In the final verse King Push refers to someone who’s been an inspiration for a lot of rappers, Ric Flair. In an interview with Pitchfork he mentions how Ric Flair also inspired some of his adlibs.

5. Santeria
Santeria (translated to “way of the saints) is generally defined as an Afro-Cuban religion that originated in West Africa. The religion combines the Roman Catholicism with West African religions. The song is a tribute to his friend and road manager De’Von “DayDay” Pickett who was stabbed to death in 2015.

6. What Would Meek Do? ft. Kanye West
Originally titled “How Do You Respond”, this track finds Pusha T and Kanye responding to “n*ggas talkin’ shit”. Pusha T raps about being “top 5” and “letting the jewels…talk” while also referencing his past life as a drug dealer. He also raps about Meek Mill’s incarceration. Kanye West’s verse has him responding to his recent spree of controversial comments as well as outlining his goals to get richer and grow more successful.

A nice part on this track is the start of Kanye’s verse. Pusha T asks Kanye how he responds to people talking shit to which Kanye answers with the lines “Whoop, scoop!
Whoop! Whoopty-whoop!” which is what he said on the track Lift Yourself on which Kanye responded to Ebro hating Ye for his political views after he posted a picture of a signed MAGA hat.

7. Infrared
And last but definitely not least, Infrared. Infrared is light that is invisible to human eyes,  and can only be seen using special kinds of film or devices. The title is referencing rappers, Drake specifically who he calls out on this track, using ghostwriters for their stuff. King Push and Drake used to beef over this some time ago.

Overall I really enjoyed this album. The production is from another world with every track having a great beat, but the most remarkable is the beat switch between Come Back Baby and Santeria. The lyrics are top-notch like you would expect on a Pusha T album.

The only real negative takeaway I have is that it’s too short to realize it’s full potential.

I would rate this album a 8.5/10 based on how much I enjoyed it. My favorite track is Come Back Baby while my least favorite is The Games We Play. My favorite moments on the album are the features (especially Kanye) and the transition in Come Back Baby.