The Clipse, "Lyric Driven Hip-Hop Is At An All Time Low"

 It's been four years since the Clipse dropped their platinum-selling debut Lord Willin' on Star Trak/Arista. Now after a label shuffle, the seemingly never-ending wait for Hell Hath No Fury, sophomore album from the Virginia brothers, is supposed to finally be over this December. In this exclusive, Malice and Pusha T open up about what fans can expect from their new label Re-up Records and Hell Hath No Fury.

After having their release date pushed back for the fourth time this fall, much of the blame for the Fury delays has landed on the Clipse's label , Jive Records. Despite recently airing out the label during a Rolling Stone interview the duo has made some attempts at putting a positive spin on their situation.

"In this game it's never all good at any label. You'll get stuck if you think it is. We're up and running now, Jive isn't denying us anything out of it and we got our own label deal out of it," Malice said exclusively. "Re-Up Records -- The new Death Row fa sho."

Currently shooting a video for their second single "Wamp, Wamp" feat. Slim Thug, the duo says aside from soul singer Bilal and their Star Trak and Re-Up homies, the album won't feature many outside appearances.

"The album is pretty much self-contained. We don't have any industry friends. It's just Sandman, Ab Liva, Pharrell, Slim Thug, Bilal, Roscoe P. Coldchain. It's a heavy street album," Malice said.

While the group began working with The Neptunes on Hell Hath No Fury several years ago, they felt the album title is every bit as relevant now as it was then.

"The title is even more fitting than before. It's an aggressive emotional album. We're getting some stuff off our chests. We had to sit back for four years. There's been a lot of bitterness going on. It's an even greater name now," Malice said.

Several songs off Fury have already sent media tongues wagging. Lyrics like Pusha T.'s: 'Been two years like I was paddywagon cruisin'/ The streets was yours, you dunce cappin' and kazooin'' from Clipse first single "Mr. Me Too" featuring Pharrell, had many wondering if the duo were dropping subliminal disses toward competitors in the rap game.

"The media put their spin on that actually," Pusha T. said. "In writing that verse it was just what it was. Toward the guys in the street, I was assuming you'd keep the coke moving. We've been on the road running around constantly and haters are still coming around. They haven't come up. In the grand scheme, as far as the industry goes - lyric driven hip-hop is at an all time low. You could take it as people in the streets not coming up or those acts that didn't put out hot albums."

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Source: SOHH