In a new interview with GQ magazine, former rap duo The Clipse consisting of blood brothers Gene and Terrence Thorton, took a moment to reminisce on their classic mainstream rap album Hell Hath No Fury.
“We had the album of the year,” Pusha says. “It was a landslide. It was too vivid. The realest hip-hop album ever made.”
The obvious elephant in the room is whether or not there’s any chance of them churning out another said classic now that Malice became No Malice and dedicated his life to following Christ. Of course, who knows what the future holds, but it has been made obvious that No Malice has zero interest in making music like he used to. Here is the excerpt of the GQ piece focused on his reflection:
“There were things that touched my soul in such a way, even though I was enjoying the spoils, even though I truly enjoyed the spoils, there were things that didn’t sit right with my soul,” says No Malice, who published a book titled Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked in 2011, which detailed his personal journey towards converting to Christianity, hence the ‘No’ before his name now. When No Malice thinks back to 2006, the emotions he felt in trying to untangle his guilt about the lifestyle he was leading bleeds out. “This isn’t on some holy redemption. This is really affecting me personally where no one else would know. Like this doesn’t feel right. Something isn’t right. I couldn’t find fulfillment in the comfort that I wanted.”
“I can even say as recent as a month ago, listening to ‘Hell Hath No Fury’, there are things that are still being revealed about the mindset and the place I was at the time. I can even see how it has led me to where I am today. I’m speaking for me personally, I didn’t set out for it to be regretful, but I was dealing with regrets, I was dealing with remorse. As far as the celebrating, I think we always found something to be thankful for and knew that things could be worse. There was a lot of pain in dealing with that album.”
No Malice remembers going to bed most nights and waking up in a sweat; it was a pernicious anxiety, he says, that he still can’t explain. “The funny thing about this struggle is that some people have the impression that the lifestyle wasn’t all that was cracked up to be,” he says. “I tell them, no, it’s everything you imagined it to be.” But the spoils of being young, rich, and famous could not outweigh the emotional toll that the group was going through. Pusha admits it was a difficult period for his brother and himself while they were recording the album. “It wasn’t fun,” Pusha says.
They go on to say they would be willing to make another album. Only time will tell.
Read the full piece here.