Push is the eleventh track on Prince's 13th album Diamonds And Pearls, the first album to be credited to Prince and the New Power Generation, and, five months after the album's release, it was included on some versions of the album's fifth single, Money Don't Matter 2 Night.
While specific recording dates are not known, initial tracking took place between December 1990 and early February 1991, at Paisley Park Studios (during the same set of sessions as Thunder, Cream and Jughead). The track features Rosie Gaines and Tony M. on some vocals, and uncredited strings by Clare Fischer.
Push references many of the album's songs (in the order they appear) during a rap segment of the song (a technique Prince has repeated on other songs, such as Newpower Soul and Ol' Skool Company). Thunder, Daddy Pop, Diamonds And Pearls, Cream, Strollin' and Willing And Able are mentioned. As in other cases where this technique has been used by Prince, the rap highlights changes that the album's tracklist went though: Horny Pony (instead of Gett Off) is mentioned immediately following Willing And Able, since that track was placed there at the time Push was recorded. These rap lyrics from Push are included on the back cover of the Diamonds And Pearls album packaging (with "Gett Off" written over "Horny Pony"). The track was not included on the December 1990, configuration of Diamonds And Pearls, indicating that it may not have been recorded yet, but was included as the eleventh track on the 1 March 1991 and 8 May 1991 configurations, where it remained for release.