Larry King Now, the TV host's foray into the wild world of web series, has been responsible for some pretty interesting interviews, including one with Marilyn Manson from last year. His latest guest is Pusha T, a rapper who once declared that the news network that used to air Larry King Live "said I'd be dead by 21," so that should alert you that things are about to get a little awkward. Watch full interview above.
Most of the seat-shifting you're likely to undergo over the course of this interview can be attributed to King's apparent lack of knowledge of Pusha's music, and hip hop in general, as he comes into the interview like some polar opposite of impeccably-prepared music journalist Nardwaur. He asks questions like "The N-word, do you use it in your lyrics?" that could be easily answered by a 10-second-long perusal of RapGenius, and shows total ignorance of the small-but-burgeoning queer rap scene when he asks, "Why haven't we seen a gay rapper?" Thankfully, Pusha says that as long as the music is good, artists' sexual preferences do not matter to him.
But Pusha has his fair share of head-scratchers in this interview too, the most noteworthy of which come when King probes him about Clipse's 2006 album, Hell Hath No Fury: "That was described as 'crack rap,' what does that mean?" Though that album contains some 59 explicit references to either crack or cocaine, Push says "it's a term that annoys me," calling his use of drug references a "seamless metaphor throughout the whole thing." The "metaphor" is cheapened when you note, as King does, that Clipse's former manager is now serving a 32 year sentence for a "$20 million dollar drug conspiracy," or as Pusha calls it in this interview, his "drug-selling problem."
Interviews don't get much weirder than this one, and you may find find yourself strangely unable to look away from the spectacle that is Pusha T and Larry King's conversation. Check out more Larry King Now segments on his YouTube channel, and head over to Pusha T's Zumic artist page for more of his music, videos and news.