It has been very strange to see Pusha T, once the more cold-blooded of the two members of Clipse, emerge as a political activist, but that’s what’s happening. Lately, Pusha has been putting in serious work to advocate for criminal justice reform, and that’s at least part of what led him to campaign, alongside Time Kaine, for Hillary Clinton in Miami last week. And now he’s appearing in a new public service announcement in California, endorsing a new bill that could legalize recreational marijuana in California.
As Rolling Stone reports, California’s ballot initiative Proposition 64, if it passes, will make recreational marijuana usage legal for anyone over the age of 21, and it’ll create new taxes that will go toward things like drug research and treatment. (Medicinal marijuana is already legal in California, but this would still be a big new step.) In his PSA, Pusha stands behind the proposition because, he says, “If California’s Prop 64 passes, no one will ever be incarcerated for marijuana again,” adding that, while he’s not a California voter, a law like this could lead to similar laws elsewhere in the country. Here’s the video:
It seems safe to say that Pusha was not imagining he’s ever be playing this role when he picked the rap name “Pusha T.”