The Clipse’s No Malice has stepped forward to speak out on recent reports and speculation which suggest he is hooking back up with estranged group member Pusha T for a new joint studio effort.
According to No Malice, he is behind a Clipse reunion but only under his terms.
“My brother and I, we are taking two different approaches to music. I’m very proud of the Clipse catalog and I really enjoyed that music but most of all, it’s made me who I am today. That’s not the kind of music that I’m doing,” No Malice explained in an interview. “I still hold out hope for a Clipse reunion. I really believe that we will be able to do it, but any music that I make is totally 100 percent going to glorify God. That’s what I do. That’s what I’m about. Like I said, I’m still holding out hope that can happen.” (Pow TV Rap Show)
While information is very limited as of now, reports this week claimed a follow-up to 2009’s Til the Casket Drops was in the works.
Pusha T made news recently after posting pictures of The Neptunes in the studio to Instagram, sparking speculation of a soon-to-come sophomore album. However, it has been confirmed that the photos are evidence of the Clipse-comprised of brothers Pusha T and No Malice-hard at work on an untitled independent project, ending a three-year hiatus. (The hip-hop duo hasn’t released an album since 2009?s Til the Casket Drops.) Both MCs have since gone on to work on solo projects for the time being, but it looks as if they’re coming back together for a much-anticipated LP with the help of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. (Karen Civil)
No Malice recently said his newfound religion and way of living had him less concerned about Clipse-related opportunities.
No Malice admits that he doesn’t feel comfortable even performing Clipse’s old songs anymore, which is partly why he’s turned down multiple chances to perform as a group in recent months. If the duo were to make a new album, which both superstar producers Kanye West and Pharrell have advocated for, then something would have to change, he said. “I believe my brother and I… we can get together and pull off anything,” he said. “But as far as my beliefs and as far as me facilitating anything that brings death, destruction and demise, I’m not going to do that. (XXL Mag)
Last fall, Pusha admitted he embraced his G.O.O.D. Music team and realized No Malice was not ready for a reunion.
“Yeah, I’m not running with my brother right now. I would much rather be in a group now. I know my brother is in a very spiritual place. His belief is strong and he love where he is, but I’m his younger brother and I am selfish. I don’t know if I want my brother to not be with me right now. When you ask me if I’m angry or where does this edge come from, I have a lotta thoughts in my mind when I’m rhyming or when I hit the stage or when I’m talking about music. Music is not all happy to me. It hasn’t been the greatest in every aspect. I could easily sit here and be like, “I take care of my family and I drive Benz’s and do what I wanna do.” But we’d been doing things like that and I don’t need music to do that. It’s a little more personal with me. I think that personal side comes out as anger in my music.” (Murder Dog)
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