Everybody loves a great comeback. Whether it’s Italy overcoming a 0-1 deficit to defeat a tough French team in the World Cup final, the Buffalo Bills rising from 32 points down to defeat the Houston Oilers in a 1993 NFL playoff game or any of Robert “Big Shot Rob” Horry’s many clutch shots, there’s just something heartening about watching someone get off the ground and succeed.
After several years of sitting on the sidelines due to label disputes, The Clipse, composed of brothers Malice (Gene Thornton) and Pusha-T (Terrence Thornton), are back with a vengeance. Hell Hath No Fury (Jive/Star Trak/Re-Up, 2006), like The Clipse on the warpath, is primed to put the Virginia duo back in the mix, which is great news for their loyal fans. On May 9, The Clipse finally reached an agreement with Jive Records and launched a partnership with the label under their Re-Up Records banner.
Appropriately, Hell Hath No Fury will drop on Halloween. The album’s first single, “Mr. Me Too” (featuring Pharrell), offers a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle and occurrences that The Clipse have been exposed to during their rise to stardom, quickly becoming a hit.
DUB caught up with The Clipse during and after the filming of the “Mr. Me Too” video, and here’s what they had to say:
Can you elaborate some on the subject and themes of the “Mr. Me Too” video with all the references to expensive cars and yachts, fashion, and jet setting and trend setting?
Pusha-T: Basically, the whole purpose of “Mr. Me Too” is more so about addressing people taking the style, music and lingo of the Clipse and acting as if it’s their own. We heavily influenced the game, and then to watch people try to come with your style and everything...
Malice: We sat back and watched for three to four years. We were criticized at first, but we see how much we’ve influenced a lot of people out there. We wanted to participate, but we just had to sit back and watch it. That’s where a lot of the frustration started.
Pusha-T: These are things we’ve been doing since ’02. A lot of people are jumping on the Bape bandwagon for the last four years. We were there from the start. As a matter of fact, we were the ones peforming at the Bape anniversary.
Malice: My sentiments exactly! We’ve been exposed to a lot early in the game. When the whole Bape thing came out, we were there. But, we’re not claiming it as our own. This is not us talking...we don’t have to say names; this is what the street says—on the Internet, you see what fans are saying; this is what they come up with.
Tell us about the situation with Jive, Re-Up and Star Trak...
Pusha-T: Re-Up Gang! The roster is going to be jumped up with Hell Hath No Fury and the soundtrack for the “Hell Hath No Fury” movie—cats like Sandman and Ab-Liva.
Malice: With Jive...we were very frustrated, very angry. There was a lot of bitterness. With the momentum of the first record, we felt Jive was dragging their feet. There were meetings postponed; there was no sense of priority with The Clipse. That’s why Pusha made the Jive reference [in “Mr. Me Too”]. I couldn’t understand what was going on. What was the standstill? But now, the relationship with Jive has improved. They haven’t denied us anything. The relationship with The Neptunes and Star Trak has always been family. As far as the movie, it’s a musical; it will include some of the hardcore tracks that you wouldn’t get from the album. The storyline is basically what we’ve been doing for the past four years. It’s more like a movie/documentary. This is an awesome story, what we’ve been through, and it has a great soundtrack.