Pusha T VICE Island, Toronto ON, June 19

Pusha T VICE Island, Toronto ON, June 19
Photo: Kevin Jones
He's King Push, and it was his hour. For a man who refuses to rely on rap money to put food upon his plate, Pusha T still brought his a-game to Toronto's VICE Island show at NXNE, and he needed to — he followed the excellent melodrama of Future Islands. After intro anthem "King Push," he further hyped a crowd already riding high on (all the) free booze with the jackhammering "Millions."

Then, he played the near-entirety of last year's My Name is My Name, which is already looking like a classic: "Hold On," "Pain," "Nosetalgia" and "Sweet Serenade" all made appearances in the set, as did his guest spots on Kanye West tracks "So Appalled," "Runaway" and "Mercy." Pusha was all smiles, and his hype man fulfilled his role well, ably tackling the hook on "40 Acres" after the furor of set highlight "Numbers on the Boards." After his guest spot from Future's "Move That Dope," Pusha closed with bona fide Clipse classic "Grindin,'" and though it's arguably his most memorable track, it was just another tune in an all-classic set.

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