"I mimic B.I.G. the whole way through it," he says.
The Notorious B.I.G. solidified himself as "the best rapper ever" with his verse on Puff Daddy's "Young G's," according to Pusha T, who explained the song's importance to him in a Verses segment for Pitchfork.
"Ready To Die came out and B.I.G. was great," he recalled. "He was great, but it was still an argument. And this verse silenced the argument for me." According to Push, there are a number of factors that made the guest appearance on 1997's No Way Out so untouchable. "It's master-level flows, it's story-telling -- introducing melodies that weren't super sing-songy, but it just gave the verse dimension," he said.
Towards the end of the clip, the GOOD Music rapper reveals the influence Biggie has had on his own rapping -- which was strong on one Clipse project in particular. "The arguable classic album that people say I have with my brother, which is Hell Hath No Fury, I mimic B.I.G. the whole way through it. I mimic B.I.G. 100%," he said. "Inflections, flows, any which way I felt. 'What would big do?' was the question."
Hell Hath No Fury, which, as Pusha notes, has been argued as a classic (though 2003's Lord Willin' also has its share of appreciators) was released in 2007, 10 years after Biggie's "Young G's" verse.
Watch the full segment above.