[With his highly anticipated Hear Ye Him album finally available, The Clipse’s No Malice gives SOHH readers an inside look at what motivated him to drop the LP on Sunday (August 18) and why his music shouldn’t be categorized as strictly Christian raps.]
Sunday was my birthday and 8:18, Romans 8:18 is like a very serious Bible scripture to me. So with Romans 8:18, “I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us,” that speaking to me and then with it being my birthday and with it being on a Sunday, I was like “I gotta get this album out like it’s Sunday service.” It’s Sunday service, that’s what I call it. I just wanted to give it to the fans.
I definitely have a new audience. It’s definitely a new audience as well. What’s crazy and what I’m really, really thankful for is the reviews. A lot of websites have gave me really good reviews. The reviews have been great and they pretty much say the same thing, it’s that I haven’t skipped a beat and it’s still that intensity.
One website gave me a 9 out of 10, great production and everybody is pretty much saying the same thing. Whoever wasn’t sure about what they were getting, because people try to say it’s Christian rap or it’s Gospel rap and I’m like, ‘What I told y’all was that I love Jesus.’ Now they took that and ran to put it in whatever category they put it in.
I don’t have no problem with that but whatever you say, you better say now it’s busting. I’m busting top to bottom all over that album.