AceShowbiz - Pusha T has weighed in on Kanye West's recent scandals. Despite being a close friend of the "Donda" artist, the "Mercy" rapper admitted that he's disappointed to see his longtime creative partner's controversies, including his White Lives Matter T-shirts and anti-Semitic comments.
"It's definitely affected me. It's been disappointing," the 45-year-old said when sitting down with the Los Angeles Times. "As a Black man in America, there is no room for bigotry or hate speech. So yeah. It's been very disappointing, let's talk straight."
Pusha also reflected on his friendship with Ye, who executive produced his chart-topping album "It's Almost Dry" alongside Pharrell Williams. "Creatively, Ye has meant freedom to me," he first stated.
"A lot of times, people would try to get me to change certain things about my process, change certain things about me lyrically, change certain things about the content," the New York native continued. "He never has been like that. He always saw me for who I was and knew how to take it to the next level."
Speaking of the record, which is nominated for Best Rap Album at the upcoming Grammy Awards, Pusha shared, "With 'It's Almost Dry', it was to make the purest, most uncompromised hip-hop album I could." He then elaborated, "That meant the lyricism had to be A-1, and I felt it would be eventful to pit Pharrell Williams versus Ye."
"These two producers are hip-hop at its purest core," the emcee, whose real name is Terrence LeVarr Thornton, further noted. "The passion between the three of us alone is enough to know that you’re gonna get the album of the year."