The question that's been asked of Pusha T since the Clipse disbanded in 2011, and is pretty much immediately answered by the opening bars of My Name Is My Name, is "is he still 'Kinda Like a Big Deal?'" The martial trap drum beats of 'King Push' give Pusha the chance to stake his claim all over again, strutting in with "This is my time / this is my hour / this is my pain / this is my name / this is my power." This may ostensibly be his debut album at the ripe old age of 36, but Pusha's not going to be usurped by pretty boys like A$AP Rocky and co - he knows he's still the King of the streets, and only Kanye and Kendrick are going to match him in a pound-for-pound.

There is, of course, no reason why Pusha T shouldn't be full of confidence: along with his brother Malice, Clipse released a series of fine records, the high point being one of the all-time great rap albums in Hell Hath No Fury, a distillation of Pusha's time as a street dealer - arrogant, confident and snarling with pent-up aggression. Since Clipse split though, his career wandered through mixtapes and guest spots until Push got Kanye West on board as executive producer on My Name Is My Name, and this has re-lit much of the old spark. If 'King Push' was a good start, the following 'Numbers on the Board' brings with it one of the beats of the year, expanding Push's repertoire away from straight-up coke rap to general braggadocio proclaiming himself to be the best across the board, whether it's selling dope or records; and if that doesn't sound like Kanye egging him on then the sound and scope of this album is West all over.

My Name Is My Name covers the same bases as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as the guest list will attest to; although West only appears in auto-tuned wordless on 'Hold On', there's a mix of rap royalty (the hopeless Rick Ross, internet joke rapper 2 Chainz, Yeezy and Pharrell) and commercial R&B (The-Dream, an on-fire Kelly Rowland) that makes this record the link between MBDTF and Yeezus. If Rowland's guest spot on 'Let Me Love You' points to the former, then the minimal beats of the opening salvo of tracks, plus 'Who I Am' and the brutal scene-stealing appearance of Kendrick Lamar on standout 'Nosetalgia', stand proud next to the best moments of the latter.

However if you think this is West's show, you'd be sorely mistaken. Despite each guest slot, Pusha comes up with something to beat it (or match it, in the case of Kendrick) every time. On 'Hold On' he's back proclaiming to be the best seller and calling out fake gangsters, he takes Hudson Mohawke's watery beats on 'No Regrets' as a cue to warn his imitators that he's not for turning: "they see me doing my damn thing...it's the same old / it's the same old" and on 'Nosetalgia, he trades stories with Kendrick Lamar. Pusha: "20 years of selling Johnson & Johnson / I started out as a baby-faced monster" and "Nigga I was crack in the school zone...With a chest fulla chains and a wrist fulla watches." Kendrick: "Troubles on my mind, I still smell crime / my little brother crying / smokers repeatedly buying my Sega Genesis / either that or my Auntie was stealing it." While Pusha regales us with tales of his dealing past, Kendrick blast back with how cocaine tore his family apart. It's a blistering track, the best moment on the record and the only time Pusha is matched rhyme for rhyme.

Compact rather than sprawling, focused despite the variety of guest spots, My Name Is My Name isn't just a reminder of how good Pusha T has always been and we should forget that at our peril, it's straight-up one of the hip hop albums of 2013. Still kinda like a big deal, huh.