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Smackdown: Kanye v. Pusha T

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On today’s Soundcheck Smackdown we’re asking the question: Who is the best MC of the new millennium? Our guests are pitting two MCs currently in the spotlight against each other: Kanye West and Pusha T. Though they may be collaborating together on West's upcoming album, we look at the questions on fans' minds: Who has the best flow? Whose lyrics have the most poetry? Whose rhymes best match the beats? Amos Barshad of New York magazine’s Vulture blog, and Jay Smooth of square off.

Listeners: Who do you think is the better MC? Leave a comment below.



Amos Barshad and Jay Smooth

Comments [12]

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Mar. 06 2013 10:57 PM
Leah from Bronx

To Bob from Queens, I've have listened to countless segments without feeling pique that my "musical/ cultural preferences" were yet again not on display. I tune in to "Soundcheck" hoping to be turned on to some good music. Get out of your comfort zone baby or turn the dial for about 20 mins.

Nov. 16 2010 10:43 PM
mm from NYC


Nov. 16 2010 04:19 PM
NB from Oakland

Kanye is definitely the "MC Of The New Millennium". But is he better than Pusha T at rapping... hell nahhhhhhhh. The metaphor that Pusha is the Di'Caprio to Kanye's Scorsese is spot on.

Nov. 16 2010 04:11 PM
Leah from Brooklyn

Wow. I thought a lot more of "Runaway" would be edited on WNYC! Who knew you could say "douchebag" on the radio?

Nov. 16 2010 02:39 PM
cb in dc

I'm not extensively familiar with either artist but listening to those clips back to back, I'd say Pusha T did it more for me lyrically. Kanye's production is great and sometimes I would prefer a tighter package in a song but in terms of skills, he's a bit outclassed.

Nov. 16 2010 02:36 PM
a g from n j

where[what] would hip hop be today,without, P.S.M.I.D.S. public school musical instrument deficiency syndrome? i'm just asking.....

Nov. 16 2010 02:35 PM
Bob from Queens

The sparse number of responses to the last segment and, presumably, this one should tell you something about your audience's musical/cultural preferences, John. They're not with you on this one. It's been real. Next topic, please.

Nov. 16 2010 02:33 PM
JP from NJ

Kanye's lyrics are corny. His beats are great, but his lyrics are terrible:

"Hit lakeshore girls go all crazy
Hit the freeway go at least bout 80
Boned so much that summer even had him a baby
See back back then then if you had a car
You were the Chi town version of Baby
And I was just a virgin a baby"

Really? You're gonna rhyme "baby" with "baby" TWICE!?

Nov. 16 2010 02:30 PM

kanye sounds like a middle class kid trying too hard to be down with the streets... its all wrong.

Nov. 16 2010 02:30 PM

kool keith wins hands down

Nov. 16 2010 02:28 PM

Pusha T. 1/2 of the Clipse. YUUUUCCCKKK!

Nov. 15 2010 05:31 PM

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