Alongside his brother Pusha T, Gene “No Malice” Thornton embodied coke rap in its most glorious articulation. Together as Clipse, both MCs approached their rhymes like surgeons on the operating table, but now that No Malice has gone solo and turned to Christianity for his subject matter, we’d be remiss to not ask ourselves: What happened to that boy?
In the clip below, No Malice (formerly just “Malice“) discusses how the loss of inner-circle friends and the 32-year prison sentence of his former manager Anthony Gonzalez strongly impacted his life. Despite “attacking music from different angles,” he and Pusha have managed to make a song together that allows him carry the new-found message that he’s trying to communicate to people but is still “reminiscent of the Clipse.” Featured on his new album Hear Ye Him – released 8/18 in honor of Romans 8:18 and the rapper’s birthday – “Shame The Devil” is a powerful pseudo reunion for the former duo, one that their rabid fan base would do almost anything to see continue.
And there’s hope. Not only did No Malice elaborate on the impetus of his changing gears from glorifying bars laced with cocaine to bars that repentantly summon faith in God in our interview, but he also discussed looking forward to working with Pusha again in the future- an option he’s been avoiding in the press until recently. Performing their old songs might be “impossible” for him to execute due to the troubling topics the group once covered, but crafting new songs where both brothers’ messages can coexist? He’d “love” to see it happen. Watch!
But the conversation didn’t end there.
How does No Malice feel about religious themes being trendy right now? From J. Cole’s Born Sinner and Kanye’s Yeezus to career 180s from Katy Perry, Ma$e and Michelle Williams, we asked the rapper with a minister’s delivery to weigh in. See what he had to say.