No one needs to see The Wire on HBO to know that cocaine and crack are dangers to society and the health of its uses. So how can something so bad like Malice and Pusha's coke infused rhymes sound so good to our ears? Because the brothers from VA are really fucking good at it, that's why. Once listeners get past the moral conundrum of enjoying its content, its easy to see that the Clipse's Hell Hath No Furry is one of the best albums of the year and may well be worth the four year wait.
Their latest album picks up where Lord Willin' left off with lyrics about drug dealing, drug dealing and, of course, more drug dealing. On "Hello New World" Malice spits "But this advice I must pass to the homies / If hustlin' is a must, be Sosa not Tony", letting other rappers know The Clipse are thinking on another level. While most rappers dream of being the next Scarface, Malice and Pusha would rather be the man that supplies (and ultimately takes out) Tony.
Unlike most rappers, The Clipse do not compromise their sound for their singles and instead keep the product flowing. Lines like "Been two years like I was paddy wagon cruising / Streets was yours you dunce capping and Kazooing / I would just assume that you would keep the coke moving / But I got one question, what the FUCK y'all been doing" on the first single "Mr. Me Too" show that Malice and Pusha are not dropping a "Show Me Watcha Got" anytime soon. The second single "Wamp Wamp (What It Do)", featuring a menacing hook from Slim Thug and calypso sounding production from the Neptunes, is more addictive than anything they alleged to have sold on their records.
Even with production from The Neptunes, its Malice and Pusha who are the stars of the album. Their flow on songs like "We Got It For Cheap" and "Keys Open Doors" are a reminder that no one rocks a Pharrell and Chad beat like The Clipse. Its nice to hear the two pairings work together but sometimes it is hard to differentiate the tracks between the coke rhyming and drum patterns. On "Dirty Money" a track devoted to their "love" interests, the duo cannot leave the coke behind spitting lines like "As long as I'm nice with the flames and the flask / I don't mind keeping you up on them must haves"that sound a little misplaced.
Its clear that The Clipse (and the Neptunes for that matter) subscribe to the old saying "if it ain't broke then don't fix it". After two neo-classics fans should be eagerly anticipating the next release like fiends on the 1st and the 15th. Lets hope that this time the wait is not another four years.