Pusha T Still Cashes In Royalties For The Arby's Commercial Theme Song

A look into one of King Push's weirdest (but most profitable) flexes.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
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Pusha T's skills as a rapper are well-documented over a 20-year career. You could talk about his solo albums, the Clipse discography with his brother Malice (now known as No Malice), his diss tracks, his features- but don't forget his fast food contributions. Moreover, former G.O.O.D. Music executive Steven Victor explained during a recent interview how King Push still gets royalties for the song that sandwich chain Arby's uses in all its commercials- a track with him and Yogi. Furthermore, as someone who's worked a lot with the Virginia native, Victor labeled it as one of his best business moves.

"I think convincing Pusha to rap on Yogi’s beat, and it ended up being the theme song for Arby’s," he stated with a smile when asked about what creative decisions he's proudest of. "If you watch an Arby’s commercial, at the end of it, it goes, ‘Arby’s- we have the meats!' That’s the song! They don’t even use Pusha’s part. But they have to pay him, because he owns 50 percent of the song. So, every time they want to sync the song, they have to come to us for approval."

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Steven Victor Explains Pusha T's Arby's Royalties

At the time of writing this article, the track "Burial" by Yogi and Pusha T soundtracks Arby's commercials- and has done so for seven years. While it's unclear exactly how much the 46-year-old has made as a result, we can imagine it's quite a lot. What's more is that he also worked with Arby's to write and record a diss track against McDonald's' Filet-O-Fish. The "Spicy Fish Diss Track" sees the MC go way harder than he ever needed to for it to be good.

In fact, for those unaware, the "Diet Coke" artist has quite the history with McDonald's, involving yet another jingle. He and his brother wrote the iconic "I'm Lovin' It" tag in 2003 and got paid a one-time fee with no royalties. Considering that Justin Timberlake received $6 million to record it, they felt cheated out, and thus, Push waged war in the fast-food realm. Talk about a hunger for revenge. For more news and the latest updates on Pusha T, log back into HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.