Chants of, “King Push, King Push, King Push,” rose from the crowd in the darkened theatre before American hip-hop artist Pusha T, also known as Terrence Thornton, took the stage.
First gaining popularity as part of the hip hop duo Clipse with his brother Gene “No Malice” Thornton in the early thousands, Pusha T has continued on to become one of the biggest names in modern hip hop. Released in December of last year, King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude was Thorton’s second studio album and is meant to be the prelude to the rappers next release, King Push.
The all-ages show at the Vogue Theatre opened with visually biblical undertones as rolling clouds of fog entered the stage punctuated by sounds of thunder. The intro from his latest album began to play as two neon crosses flickered into existence claiming, “Sin Will Find You Out.” The newly appointed president of G.O.O.D. Music entered the stage and seamlessly slid into his first verse.
With the controlled energy of a predator, Pusha planned out his attack on the crowd. He glided across the stage with just a DJ setup behind him and unleashed perfectly timed bursts of energy throughout the show. The crowd was with him from the beginning, chanting every single verse from his performance of ‘M.P.A.’ to ‘Sunshine.’
Running through most of his new album during the concert, he also briefly touched on work from his back catalogue including verses from ‘Runaway’ and ‘New God Flow,’ ‘Grindin” from his time with Clipse, and ‘Numbers on the Boards’ from his first LP.
For the encore, Pusha gave the crowd exactly what they wanted and wrapped up the high energy night with ‘Don’t Like,’ ‘Mercy,’ and ‘Move That Dope.’ Collectively losing their minds, the entire front half of the theatre erupted into a sea of people thrashing to some of the biggest club bangers of all time.
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Photos for Vancity Buzz provided by Brandon Artis. Connect with him at @_brandonartis.
Push T performed at the Vogue Theatre on March 3.