Over the last decade Pusha T and No Malice have released three official studio albums and numerous mixtapes as the group Clipse. For the first time, both rappers are planning to drop solo albums next month. While the brothers say they are still close personally, they acknowledge that their individual music is heading in different directions.
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“We’ve always supported each other in everything that we’ve done. Right now, we’re doing two different things,” No Malice tells Vibe magazine.
Pusha and No Malice appear as the cover feature on Vibe’s latest digital release. In the rare joint interview, the Virginia emcees address rumors of brotherly beef, the future of the Re-up Gang, and whether they feel like the fans deserve another Clipse album.
On Rumors of beef between the two:
No Malice: I don’t even get where a beef would come from, or how that was perceived in anyone’s minds. There could never be beef.
On the Re-Up Gang:
Pusha T: I don’t really know. I mean, Re-Up was born from the Clipse, so without us recording together, I don’t see Re-Up gang as a whole recording together. Everybody as their own respective entity is going to carry on the same criteria to be under the name. It’s one thing at a time.
No Malice: The kind of rappers I like come from the Re-Up Gang. One thing you can count on from the Re-Up Gang is the realness. We come from an era where you had to really be living the life that you were rapping about. Even though my content and Pusha’s content is different now, everything we’re saying is still true. To me, that’s the hip-hop that I enjoy.
On creating another Clipse album for their fans:
No Malice: I can answer that easily. I don’t feel like I owe anyone anything. And whatever I’ve given to the fans that supported us, I appreciate all the support. I really do… Even with the Clipse albums, it wasn’t that I owed the fans, it was just me showing my art with them, and I would love to that again sometime. Be clear though, I love the fans.
Pusha T: I don’t owe nobody nothing. This game is horrible.
Pusha is scheduled to release his debut solo album, My Name Is My Name, under Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint July 16th. No Malice is set to release his solo LP, Hear Ye Him, July 2nd.
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To read the full Clipse interview with Vibe visit vibe.com