When asked if he was still president of the label, Pusha T said in a series of terse interview responses to XXL “No. No, I’m not”, further distancing himself from Kanye’s recent controversies, which has included antisemitism and Nazi apologism.
West’s outbursts have led to a string of companies severing their commercial ties with him, including a lucrative deal with Adidas over the Yeezy collaboration. And now, it seems, Pusha T, is following suit.
The It’s Almost Dry rapper, whose real name is Terrence Thornton, was G.O.O.D. Music’s longest-serving president since it was founded in 2004.
Whilst it’s been reported that G.O.O.D. Music, and by extension Ye, is no longer a part of Def Jam, Pusha T clarified in the interview that he had his own separate deal with Def Jam, which includes “a 50/50 venture” between the New York-based label and his own imprint, the Heir Wave Music Group, which he founded in 2020.
Push also said he hasn’t spoken to Ye since an interview with the LA Times last month, in which he called out his longtime collaborator for his “disappointing” recent controversies. “It’s definitely affected me,” he said. “It’s been disappointing. 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.”
He further said the last time he spoke with Ye was when he was on tour. His public distancing from Kanye means his Grammy-nominated 2022 album was one of the final projects to drop under the G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam venture, alongside 070 Shake’s June LP, You Can’t Kill Me.