There is a path to creative work that doesn’t require record sales, relevance, or any financial pressure; it’s a path of longevity.
In Push’s case, the path works because he doesn’t make money with his music; he does it through his brand partnerships and his businesses. These outside streams of income keep the pressure off the art.
You could easily do the same with a full-time job that fits your creative work.
I wrote more about Push’s approach to longevity in hip-hop and entertainment—a game where players usually compete for relevance—for Trapital.