Looks like there won't be a reunion...
We’ve known for a while that No Malice left Pusha T and their group Clipse behind because he didn’t feel comfortable rapping about violence and drugs as a Christian. Still, it’s interesting to hear him explain his reasoning in-depth, even if all we can hear is one more nail in the Clipse Reunion coffin.
The rapper started out by explaining why he made the decision to change his name from Malice to No Malice in 2012. The former Clipse member is a believer in the superstition that holds you can speak things into the universe.
“I believe we become how we’re labeled. You keep answering to a certain thing, you gon’ be that, you know what I’m saying?” he said. “Unless you’re trying to look at it as it’s just entertainment. But you may try to say that, but certain things start to stick. You might start seeing, you talk about dope on record, you might start seeing an indictment or something like that. I guess it’s that age old question, ‘Does art imitate life or is life imitating art?’ That’s a real thing. I absolutely know that there is nothing malice about me, or who I’m supposed to be.”
That reasoning carries over into his reasoning for leaving Clipse. No Malice believes that repeated plays of his dark and gleefully criminal raps brought terrible acts into being in the lives of their listeners.
“I do believe that we can speak death upon ourselves, the same way we can speak life upon ourselves,” No Malice said. “If you look at the things that I have said in the past, can you imagine how many people went to jail listening to the things that I said? Think about how many times people got pulled over, went to jail…my record playing in the car. Think about how many times somebody’s head was blown out and the theme music still playing, or whatever.”
When a person starts to think that the art they are making is responsible for actual death, actual mothers losing their actual sons, it’s easy to see how they could decide to call it quits. Nobody needs that on their conscience, the cries of millions of hip-hop fans be damned.
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Since going their separate ways, Pusha T has risen to a new level of critical acclaim and commercial success. He’s distilled his smooth drugland tales down to a stronger more immediate form over his last several releases, much like a metaphor that escapes me at this moment.
He’s also become the head of G.O.O.D. Music, even if Kanye still calls the shots on Push’s own long-delayed project. Both Push and No Malice have made their way separately and with the latter clearly uninterested in even stepping toward that darker former persona, it seems like a Clipse reunion is even more unlikely than it was last week.
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