“Disappointments and hardships often provide artists the fuel they need to make great art, which is perhaps what happened to ShaqisDope last summer: He was supposed to perform on the same stage as one of his favourite artists, Pusha T, but the festival, unfortunately, got canceled. Though he missed out on the opportunity to connect with the G.O.O.D. Music President, SID decided to pay homage to his idol with the above track “King Push.” Over production by Mark Niels, ShaqisDope confidently flows about his own relentless work ethic on the path to success, while cleverly channeling the spirit of the King himself with several references and allusions, including an impression of Pusha’s signature grunt.” — Josephine Cruz
“Shamelessly self-assured, the eager emcee puts in work while rapping about the tough-minded approach he took to success. Although he emulates Pusha T’s infamous grunt — and even drops a notable album title in his punchline — ShaqIsDope holds his own: over woozy production, his nimble flow sounds captivatingly effortless.” — Lakin Starling
In February, The FADER premiered “King Push” for Toronto-native rapper ShaqIsDope.
In an email to Lakin Starling, Shaq stated he is “a big fan of Pusha T.” In the summertime, the two were booked to play the same festival, but [the promoters] canceled. “I wanted to pay homage to him through a record.”
— The FADER (@thefader) February 7, 2017