I'm Your Pusher


About I'm Your Pusher

"I'm Your Pusher" is a 1988 single by Ice-T, from his second album Power. The song's anti-drug theme was interpreted as having the opposite message, possibly as a result of misinterpretation of the context of the title, and ignorance as to the actual lyrical content. It contains a sample from "Pusherman" by Curtis Mayfield.


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Yo, it's time for me to pump the volume
No problem, the record's revolvin'
Evil's the mixer, I'm the rap trickster
Paparazzi on the bum rush for pictures
Ice, coolin', yo colder than ever
Punk executioner, E pull the lever
Rotate the wax, then cut and axe the tracks
Push up the levels 'til the red lights max
Don't try to size up, you better wise up
To the rap criminals, we're on the rise up
We're sellin' dope 'til we're succeeded 
Dope beats and lyrics, no beepers needed
For this drug deal, I'm the big wheel
The dope I'm sellin', you don't smoke, you feel
Out on the dance floor, on my world tour
I'm sellin' dope in each and every record store
I'm the king pin when the wax spins
Crack or smack will take you to a sure end
You don't need it, just throw that stuff away
You wanna get high? Let the record play

I know you're lovin' this drugs as it's comin' out your speaker
Bass through the bottoms, highs through the tweeters
But this base you don't need a pipe
Just a tempo to keep you hype
Groovin' like I see you doin'
Some stupid crack would just ruin
Your natural high, why? That ain't fly
And anyone who says it is, lies
Move like I knew you would, like I knew could
And if you ain't cracked out, then I know you should
Be able to give me a clap, to match exact with the track
And since I know that you ain't, I expect that
Oh now this jam is lit, it's like the ultimate
People high off dope but still physically fit
I'll make a million bucks, pack my dough in trucks
From sellin' dope beats, dope rhymes, dope cuts
I'll be the biggest dope dealer in history
Because all the fly will be high off that Ice-T

I'll bring it to boil, Evil E rock it up
You want in? I don't think you got enough
Last suckers crossed, Syndicate shot'em up
Cops found'em in the lake bottom up
I don't play when it comes to my dope
I check my lyrics close, like with a microscope
I don't clean'em up with no Ivory soap
I leave'em hard and pure, hope that you can cope
'Cause you might O.D. if you overdrive
This record, tape or CD, because the sound I've
Created on this wax is like a chemical
And the knowledge I give, makes me invincible

The cops don't know what to do because my dope breaks through
No matter what they do, my stuff gets to you
Kickin' on the Boulevard, my tempo's hyped and hard
I don't ask, the ICE just bogards
Sire Records puts me out, with Warner Bros. clout
My dope hits the streets with no doubt
Evil E adds the cut then removes it
IZ checks for purity, then approves it
And then you get it, try it and like it
And if it ain't potent, we remix it and spike it
To bring you the pure dope, not a noose in a rope
Because if you're doin' crack, you're on death row
You're just a toy punk, to mess with that junk
You want some real dope come look in my trunk
The dope I'm sellin' is life, 100% legit
So get real fool and try some real hit

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Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper and actor. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, and moved to the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles when he was in the 7th grade. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Army for four years. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, when he released his debut album Rhyme Pays, the first hip-hop album to carry an explicit content sticker. The next year, he founded the record label Rhyme Syndicate Records (named after his collective of fellow hip-hop artists called the Rhyme Syndicate) and released another album, Power. more »

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12 facts about this song

Artist Background
"I'm Your Pusher" is a song by the American rapper Ice-T, whose real name is Tracy Lauren Marrow. He is considered one of the pioneers of gangsta rap.
Album Information
The song was released in 1988 as part of Ice-T’s second studio album, 'Power.'
Song Theme
The song presents a critique of drug use and the realities of the drug trade, using the metaphor of music as a drug.
Unconventional Music Video
The music video for the song begins with a disclaimer: "The following contains explicit language and subject matter, viewer discretion is advised," a fairly new concept at the time in music videos.
Sampled Audio
"I'm Your Pusher" samples Curtis Mayfield's "(Pusherman)" and borrows its hook from The Impressions’ "I'm the One Who Loves You."
While the song metaphorically deals with drugs, it was seen as promoting drug culture, leading to potential censorship issues.
Chart Performance
"I'm Your Pusher" peaked at number 13 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and 79 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Cultural Reference
The song has been referenced in popular culture several times, including in movies like "Colors."
Genre Evolution
The song played a key role in defining the direction of West Coast hip-hop and gangsta rap.
Influential Track
Ice-T's musical style and lyrics in this song have influenced many other artists in the Hip Hop genre, making "I'm Your Pusher" an important piece of the genre's history.
Anti-Drug Message
Despite the controversy, Ice-T explained that the song was intended to deliver an anti-drug message. He was using the metaphor of a 'pusher' to depict himself as pushing his music, not drugs.
Cinematic Connection
The song’s intro features dialogue from the 1983 film "Scarface," furthering the drug-related thematics in a cinematic context.

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