(Pusha T on the concept of ‘What Dreams Are Made Of’)
By Nadeska Alexis
Pusha T dropped his Fear of God II: Let Us Pray EP on November 8, and until he completes his upcoming full-length debut, the Clipse member plans to release a few more singles and videos from his re-released project. Up next is the video for “What Dreams Are Made Of,” and MTV News caught up with Pusha on set in Brooklyn, New York recently, where he broke things down a little bit. Among the things that piqued our interest—a jar of jellybeans. According to Pusha, those are just a little tribute to former president Ronald Reagan.
“Fear of God II: Let Us Pray is all about street music, and it’s really for my fans, 100 percent just for my fans,” Pusha began. “If you love what I’m about and what I’ve been doing all these years, then it’s for you, and I’d be cheapening [the project] if I didn’t shoot a video for one of the harder records off of the EP,” he added, referring to “Dreams.”
“[The video] is arrogant, it’s a bit brash, it’s about excess, fast living and articulating a lifestyle, a lifestyle that we know very well,” the Virginia rapper elaborated, before digging deeper into the track’s meaning. “Lyrically, it’s about how our people fell victim to drugs, but it wasn’t all our fault: [Ronald] Reagan had a lot to do with that; don’t just blame us.”
In one segment of the video, Pusha is perched on a chair reminiscent of a throne, surrounded by champagne and a few illegal substances that pop up fairly often in his music. The most surprising item in the scene, however, is a jar full of jelly beans, which are intended as a tribute to the former president. “Ronald Reagan was an avid jelly bean lover, so we’ve got to pay homage to him. We have to: He had a lot to do with this,” Pusha explained. “The Ronald Reagan era was a tough time and a detrimental time to the black community, but we adapted.”
To clarify, Pusha explained that his music isn’t usually inspired by Reagan, but “Dreams” does bear a direct reference to him. “I have a very mean couplet in this song that describes what Reagan did and how Nancy [Reagan] tried to be down too, so we decided to showcase that with the jellybean.”