The Clipse’s Malice recently talked about his gravitation to God in recent years and why experiencing a state of depression ultimately changed his attitude toward life.
According to Malice, realizing fame was not enough to sustain happiness sparked depression shortly after becoming mainstream in the early 2000’s.
“Even before the record deal, I used to say, ‘I just want a big house and a car and, I’ll be fine,'” Malice revealed in an interview. “And, I really thought that’s really what I wanted, but then, once I became successful in the entertainment industry, I found that I always wanted more and more. After a while I started to notice that I was in a state of depression. I would feel low. … I can remember one day I was like, ‘I want to be happy. I want to be like everybody else’ — I just wanted to live, and I had made up my mind at that point in time that I’m just going to live and be like everybody else. And, it was that moment and with God’s accuracy told me, ‘Oh no, you’re not.'” (CBN)
Last June, Malice killed comparisons of his devotion to God to former Bad Boy Records rapper Ma$e who previously gave up hip-hop for the Lord.
“I’m working on a solo mixtape titled Hear Ye Him,” Malice revealed in an interview. “I just think it’s going to be so crazy and I’m so excited that I can’t sleep at night. I can’t wait to get these verses out here to the fans, especially those who thought I stopped rapping or I’m doing Christian hip-hop or gospel music or something now. I’m definitely not doing that — I respect any vehicle that promotes Christ, so I definitely respect, but that’s just not something I do. I don’t think I would do a good service to gospel music or Christian hip-hop.” (Karmaloop TV)
In May, he revealed plans to change his rap alias to reflect his position in life.
“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)
In November 2010, rapper Shyne spoke on his conversion to Judaism.
“All these rules, rules, rules,” the rapper said about the strict religious requirements. “But you know what you have if you don’t have rules? You end up with a bunch of pills in your stomach.” Even though Shyne sports a Hasidic-style hat and a black jacket that hangs to his knees, the Brooklyn-raised rapper said he hasn’t lost his street cred. “There’s nothing in the Chumash [a Jewish book] that says I can’t drive a Lamborghini,” said Shyne, who was released from prison last year after serving nine years. (New York Post)
Check out Malice’s interview below: