Rapper-turned-author Malice, of The Clipse, recently took time from promoting his book Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked to share his thoughts on today’s hip-hop climate.
While stating that he respects many of today’s top artists, Malice instisted that he has been far removed from the music scene as of late.
“I don’t listen to any new music. Pusha will have a new song out and I won’t even be aware of it. I’ma be 100 percent honest with you: From my standpoint I see why hip-hop fans are enthused about some of the new music, but I haven’t been inspired. Even if I like some of the music, it [doesn’t take me anywhere] intellectually I’ve never been before, so I’m jaded with it. And lemme tell you: I am a fan of Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne, Drake … I love what they’re doing and how they do it. I get it. It sounds good, it’s flashy and entertaining. But to stimulate Malice intellectually … [its hard to find] anybody that will do that. Mentally I’m not where many people are, and that’s just the truth.” (SOHH)
Malice went on to congratulate his brother’s current achievements and reflect on what made The Clipse such a powerful duo.
“I’ve heard Pusha say that the route that I’ve taken has definitely influenced him. I am a huge fan of everything he does, I love to see him win. When we first came out everyone thought we were twins, but what people were witnessing was the real personality of each one of us. And I think that was the dynamic of The Clipse: Pusha would give you the flashy stuff and I always came with the food for thought. That’s just our personalities. Even though there are alot of unsavory things within my rhymes, I always come from of a perspective of definite reality and I could never deny that part of who I am. Pusha and I have always been realists, our music is very real music and very genuine.” (SOHH)
Earlier this year, Pusha explained the plans behind joining G.O.O.D. Music as a solo artist.
“The way I want to put out my solo album, those ideas are definitely taking form right now,” Pusha told SOHH. “It’s just that I want the world to understand that in The Clipse, well, I look at it like this. A lot of people understand the dichotomy with Pusha being more brash, the more wordplay-type one. And then you have my brother, Malice, being the more introspective and more conscious-driven. And it’s not that I don’t think like that, it’s just the fact that we play roles in our group. And we’re d*mn good at that. And I’m d*mn good at this. And it’s not that I don’t have those views, I think I just want the world to get a full 360-degree perspective of myself, my opinions and my mind.” (SOHH)
In previous interviews, Pusha has acknowledged that his brother prefers substance over style when inside the booth.
“Well I think the Clipse dynamic has always been what it is,” Push said in an interview. “I think that Malice has always been the one to dig a lil bit deeper and show a lil bit more perspective in the verses and so on and so forth, regardless of whatever he’s talking about. So I don’t think that’s gonna change much.”(XXL Mag)
Check out this Malice interview below: