Did Drake Bring Malice Out Of Retirement? The Clipse Have New Music In The Chamber.
For most of the decade, The Clipse have been on ice. Pusha-T stepped forth with a bustling solo and executive career. Meanwhile, Malice (nka No Malice) penned a memoir on his personal and spiritual transformation and began making music to reflect his life outlook. In 2017, No Malice did an interview with Vlad TV (embedded below) during which he was asked to revisit his past. No Malice described getting into the drug game along with his brother, Terrence, who is five years younger. As Clipse fans know, a lot of the veteran group’s content (along with Pusha-T’s solo material) centers around hustling, especially a past selling cocaine.
The interview though also has No Malice saying that “When [me and Pusha-T] came here from New York, we had two cousins here that basically had this housing projects sewn up.” Apparently, Drake used this revelation to attempt to poke holes in Pusha-T’s persona that he was a so-called “kingpin” on “Duppy Freestyle.” It also included a couple of bars targeted at his older sibling. “Your brother said, it was your cousin then him, then you,” Drake raps on the song. “So, you don’t rap what you did, you just rap what you knew / Don’t be ashamed, it’s plenty ni**as that do what you do / There’s no malice in your heart, you’re an approachable dude.”
Now, it may be the case that the lines about No Malice motivated him to reunite with his brother. Production group J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League revealed that both No Malice and Pusha T are ready to return as a duo. “New Clipse song, ready and loaded in the chamber,” the JL account tweeted.
— J.U.S.T.I.C.E LEAGUE (@JusticeLeague) June 1, 2018
Pusha-T ended up not addressing the assertions Drake made about him and his brother on his most recent reply to “Duppy Freestyle.” Instead, on “The Story of Adonis,” (his second diss in a week, following “Infrared”), he went for the jugular, taking aim at Drake’s father, mother, and producer, as well as an alleged lover and child – who Pusha claims is named Adonis. In addition to the family shots and personal attacks, the G.O.O.D. Music President accuses Drake of conveniently using his Black heritage when he used a photograph of Drake in blackface and wearing a Jim Crow t-shirt as the song’s artwork.
If The Clipse reunite in the interest of beef, they have shown a unified front in similar circumstances. In 2012, after the duo was on hiatus, No Malice defended his brother when Lil Wayne went on the attack. Weezy famously tweeted, “F*ck Pusha-T and everybody that love him.”
No Malice responded, “Well I LOVE Pusha! That’s my blood and I ain’t never kiss em.” The reply made light of a photo of Wayne and onetime custodian Birdman kissing, as well as Wayne’s alleged and oft-questioned ties to a street gang.
#BonusBeat: No Malice’s 2017 interview with VladTV:
Last year, No Malice released Let The Dead Bury The Dead.