Exclusive: Clipse Link W/ Kanye & Scott Storch For New Album, "Didn't See" Any Sign Of Troubled Producer's Downfall
Sunday, Jul 27, 2008 7:00AM
Written by Thomas A. Harden
Clipse continue to grind; not only are the Virginia duo, set to release their group the Re-Up Gang's album via Koch Records early next month but the brothers are busy working on their third studio disc and first set on Columbia, 'Till the Casket Drops, for a winter release. SOHH caught up with Pusha T to discuss the Re-Up project, working with Scott Storch on the gang's first single "Fast Life" and why they've decided to step away from The Neptunes signature sound.
"It was time for growth," Pusha explained to SOHH about Clipse's choice to work with new producers. "We just had to do different things. You have to understand, we've sold platinum and we came back and sold 300,000. So, now it's like a new phase for us. We sell 300k and that's the album that gets rated XXL. We sell a million and that's the album where people are second-guessing you and questioning your sh*t. I don't know. We're just trying to have fun with it this year."
Pusha T and Malice, are certainly enjoying their newfound freedom. Since departing from Jive records for Columbia last year, the lyrical tag-team, have stepped outside of their comfort zone and enlisted a gang of producers to enhance their already potent sound.
Recruiting the likes of Just Blaze, The Runners, Swizz Beatz, Sean C and LV, Dame Grease, The L.E.A.G.U.E., DJ Khalil and Reefa, the duo are still scheduled to hit the lab with Kanye West.
"It's was something new," Pusha said. "We've been a solely Neptunes produced group and I think it gives the fans something to inquire about. I want to shock them. With all these new producers, it's going to be pretty good to hear. Anytime a person hears the Clipse consistently do what we've been doing lyrically, they're going to anticipate the next joint."
Clipse Presents: The Re-Up Gang is the next CD set to introduce the group's affiliates Sandman and Ab-Liva. The first single off the set, "Fast Life," boasts production from an unexpected guest, Scott Storch.
"I ran into Scott's management in the city and they expressed that he wanted to give us some records," Pusha recalled. "We was on our way to Miami on the first thing smoking. It was fun being down there in Miami, we're with Scott in the studio and he took us to dinner and he kicked it with us for a while. Storch is a great guy."
Despite recent reports on the fall of Storch's empire, Pusha revealed that all the controversy didn't affect the beatsmith's work ethic. "I didn't see that at all," Pusha said.
"I didn't see any of that."
Clipse Presents: The Re-Up Gang hits stores on August 5th.