News: The Clipse's No Malice Discusses Battles W/ Depression, "I Just Knew The Life I Was Living Wasn't Right" [Video]
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 3:35PM
The Clipse's No Malice, formally known as just Malice, recently spoke on his publicized name change and just how empty he felt due to the wraths of the entertainment industry.
For Clipse rapper, No Malice, the lyrical content fans were used to hearing from The Clipse began touching a little too close to home for even him to bear.
"Well, you know I just seen some things. It's always been in my music. It's always been there. I think what my fans didn't know what they were witnessing was me battling with myself," No Malice explained. "I think the content of the stuff that The Clipse always talk about, even though it's very real, I think we did it too well. And I think some people walked away with the wrong message from that. Especially seeing a lot of our friends, manager, and people that we considered family get locked up. It's definitely an eye opener and I really don't want to glorify that like that any longer." ("The Breakfast Club")
He also went on to discuss battling depression, claiming the music industry is not quite what he envisioned during his pre-fame days.
"Being in this industry for as long as I've been and seeing the things that I've seen and accumulating the things that I've accumulated and have all of that and still feeling empty inside it really showed me something," said No Malice. "And that's what I find to be so ironic right now is that to be at the pinnacle of your career and to be touring and making money and having the things that you want but still not fulfilled. I just knew the life I was living wasn't right. And you know, that's not everybody. I'm just telling my story." ("The Breakfast Club")
Earlier this month, No Malice made his name change official.
Everyone bid farewell to the rapper you once knew as Malice, aka one half of coke-rap duo Clipse. And now, say hello to, um, No Malice. Yeap, that's the name Gene Thornton is choosing to go by from here on out. And he's making sure we all know that by releasing this video of him laying his former self to rest. As you'll see below, Malice is in the casket of a funeral home, where No Malice says his goodbyes and reveals that a new project, Hear Ye Him!, is due out this summer. Interesting.. (Prefix Mag)
Last May, the rapper spoke about wanting to switch up his name to reflect his new lifestyle.
"I'm not a malicious person, and I don't really like answering to that. I know that people that follow The Clipse or follow my music, they know Malice, so I understand that, I get that," Malice said in an interview. "But you don't want to be under any moniker that's of evil intent, that's not you. I come to more believe that there's so much power in the tongue. The power of the tongue is life and death, so I believe if you are what you fall under whether it's in your subconscious or not. It's just me trying to clean up a little bit. But I haven't thought of that name yet. So Malicious is what it is right now." (Ruby Hornet TV)
Check out No Malice's interview below: