It’s been over three years since the Clipse released their last album, Til The Casket Drops. The older of the Virginia rhyming brothers, No Malice, has revealed that a new projects is definitely in the works, but some details needs to be solidified first. The rapper formerly known as Malice spoke with Billboard about his brother Pusha T and their music plans for the near future, including a Clipse album thought to be titled As God As My Witness. ”It’s definitely [in] beginning stages, but Pusha and I have some serious things that we’re talking about and coming to agreement on,” said No Malice. “It’s a fitting title because pretty much everything that seems to be coming out has a religious theme… What I want the people to know is that, for me, this is not ‘cool’ — this is not a trend. This is the working power of Jesus in my life.” In June, No Malice plans to release his solo album, titled Hear Ye Him, via Re-Up Gangs. Though he has been more vocal about his God-fearing way of life recently, it has always been a part of his music, thus naturally creeping into Clipse’s, too. ”Here Ye Him is basically my take, my new direction,” explained No Malice. “A lot of people wonder if it was going to be gospel or Christian rap. I don’t really know what you would call this, but if you think anything’s soft about it, you’re going to have to wake up because I really believe there’s nothing touching this. It’s very real.” As for G.O.O.D. Music‘s Pusha T, his new album, My Name Is My Name, is also due out later this year. Let us know whether or not you’re looking forward to hearing No Malice’s new album in the comments.
Last night (February 10) at the 2013 Grammy Awards, Christian Hip Hop artist Lecrae made history by being the first rapper to grab a the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album for his 2012 effort, Gravity. The September 2012 release, which debuted in the Top 3 overall charts, beat contenders from Gospel artists such as Marvin Sapp and Anita Wilson. “This past year has been an amazing experience and to see that my music is opening doors for the Hip Hop culture is incredible. All I want to do is make great honest music for all my fans to enjoy,” said Lecrae in a statement. “I want to build opportunities for other artists like myself as well as show that there is always a place for being unashamed and authentic.” Released on Reach Records, Gravity features The Clipse‘s No Malice. The album has sold over 73,000 units to date.
Pusha T explains why he feels Big Daddy Kane trumps Rakim on the mic.
It’s a debate that’s plagued Hip Hop purists for decades, but now, Pusha T gives his take on who is the better emcee: Big Daddy Kane or Rakim. In a recent interview with The Combat Jack Show, the G.O.O.D Music rapper discussed why he believes Kane is better than Rakim. He explained that after listening to a mix of Kane and Rakim’s records on Philadelphia’s Power 99, he determined that it is the Juice Crew emcee who put out the more impressive discography. Pusha even added that Kane’s legacy influenced the title of his most recent mixtape, Wrath of Caine.
“That [debate over Big Daddy Kane and Rakim was] what Wrath of Caine was about,” he revealed. “It was always the play off the street metaphors, but what happened was I was driving to New York, and I was coming through Philly, and by the time I got to Philly, I caught it so perfectly: a mid-day, mini-mix on Power 99 and they’re doing a [Big Daddy] Kane and Rakim battle. Now mind you, this is an argument that happens with my crew [and] my brother…but I was like, when you lined it up just record for record, I thought [Kane] won.” Earlier this week, Pusha T released his long-awaited mixtape Wrath of Caine. The Clipse veteran is currently working on his solo debut My Name is My Name.
Even though fans will have to wait a while longer before he drops his Kanye West-approved solo debut My Name Is My Name, Pusha T has been steadily working on a new mixtape Wrath of Caine. Now, in a recent interview withMissInfo.TV, Pusha Ton gives fans a glimpse into his anticipated project. According to the Virginia rapper, Wrath of Caine is a collection of lyrically-driven street anthems, comparable to the music he with his brother and Clipse cohort No Malice. He explained that when approaching the tape, it was most important for him to go with his gut and make the music that he would like to hear. ”Wrath of Cain is basically just me catering to my core. It’s all about just street Hip Hop, street music” he described. “It’s just something that I like to do. It’s something that I feel like has no boundaries, no parameters. I can do what I really, really want to do…[my approach to the mixtape is] not about more of a creative [decision], I just think it’s about more of what I want to hear for myself and what my fans want to hear. They want to hear lyrics, they want to hear street [music]…it’s just the whole street life perspective.”
Pusha went on to discuss his recent single off the tape “Millions,” which also features Rick Ross. The G.O.O.D. Music emcee said that the song is an ode to the street life, and has an energy to it that’s long been missing from modern Hip Hop. ”‘Millions,’ it’s basically an ode to dope boys and stash spots; it’s just an ode to that energy,” he said. “I’m trying to make music and recreate that energy that I feel was missing in Hip Hop, [the energy] like you roll down your windows, you hop in your car and you front until you pull up to the club. Right now, that energy is sort of missing to me, and I feel like ‘Millions’ is a prime example of what that is.”
Check out the full interview below.
Brand new visuals from Fabolous‘ latest mixtape release The S.O.U.L Tape 2. For the official video for “Life Is So Exciting”, Loso‘s collaborative cut with the G.O.O.D Music signed Clipse member Pusha T, the pair hit the Art Basel Miami Beach celebrations earlier this month in Florida with director Jon J for this monochromatic visuals giving a peek at their ‘So exciting’ life.