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Heds & Dreds: Pusha T x Jamaica + The Nyabinghi Drums of "Pain"

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Pusha T dropped his new Kanye-produced joint "Pain" yesterday, a collage of his usual tuff rhymes, some auto-croon from Future on the hook and...Nyabinghi drums? Yes, I. Pusha is no Rasta but the beat is built from the unmistakable nyabinghi drum pattern that inspired Bob Marley's "Rastaman Chant" and Cymande's "Zion I" among many other classics. Now jacking for beats is a time-honored rap tradition, but in Pusha's case the Jamaica connection appears to go a little deeper. LargeUp's Jesse Serwer has the story:

Lately, G.O.O.D. Music rapper Pusha T has been quoting torrents of dancehall lyrics on Twitter (from Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel to Chan Dizzy and Demarco) during what he calls “Dancehall Sundays.” Few notable rappers these days are up to di time with their bashment tunes, but the Virginia MC has been repping the culture from his early days in Clipse through to his G.O.O.D. tenure, from the “Selector Remix” of Clipse’s classic “Grindin” to this year’s soundbwoy-dusting smash, “Mercy.”

Which brings us to Pusha’s just released “Pain,” the first single from his upcoming G.O.O.D. debut. Produced by Kanye West‘s ghost producers and featuring Future, the track’s beat is based around a Nyabinghi drum pattern.

Hit the link below to listen for yourself and then hear more of Pusha’s yard link-ups, dancehall quotes and more.

>>>Stream Pusha T x Kanye West - "Pain" (via LargeUp)

>>>Pusha T--G.O.O.D. Music's Top Shotta (via LargeUp)