Anybody that knows me and my love for Hip-Hop, knows that The Clipse is one of my favorite groups. And I’ve even managed to work them into conversations with many of the artists that I’ve featured right here on The LaVilla Project. Some are surprised at this revelation because with being a “true-school” Hip-Hop head, there comes a certain expectation of what I’m “supposed” to like, but coming from the Golden Era, I actually have very few requirements for MC’s, dope, witty rhymes and dope beats, is all it really takes for me and The Clipse fit that criteria perfectly. So when I happened upon, Malice, the older brother of The Clipse at Downtown Atlanta’s New Era Store Meet & Greet, I really just wanted to meet him, tell him I enjoyed what he and Pusha T does and get a picture. My exact words were, “I don’t even want to bother you with an interview,” to which he responded, “Naw, let’s do an interview!” And with that I pulled out my handy audio recorder and interviewed one of my favs right on the spot. Big shouts out to Malice, for just being cool as hell and be sure to check out his new book, Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked on his website, www.mademylifechange.com and also Amazon.com. Check it out!
Nakia: Yo! Introduce yourself to our readers!
Malice: Yo whats up, this your man, Malice. ½ of The Clipse, 1/3 of The Re-Up Gang, author, now I can add that to my resume…
Nakia: Right on.
Malice: You know what it is; out here with my homegirl, Nikki.
Nakia: Aiight, now tell me about the book.
Malice: The book is entitled Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked. I like to think it’s one of the most significant things going on in Hip-Hop right now. It’s definitely a lot of knowledge inside of that thing and a lot people can learn from.
Nakia: You’re not performing this year, right? You’re just here with the book?
Malice: Yeah, I’m on my book hustle right now.
Nakia: Aiight, aiight. You working on anything right now? You coming out with something solo?
Malice: Definitely, I’m working on my mixtape as well. It’s entitled, Hear Ye Him. (It’s) street Hip-Hop at its finest, but different. And also, my audio book should be out this month.
Nakia: And do you have any advice that you’d want to give to any artists that want to come up?
Malice: Yes. For all artists and everybody in general, whatever it is you do, I definitely recommend to you that you put God first. And master whatever it is you do. That’s been the story of The Clipse, because we’ve had a lot of ups and downs with the record labels and when we couldn’t do anything and we weren’t signed and in limbo, it was the fans that kept us alive and kept checking for our music. And I think that’s because we really tried to master what it is we do. You know? And it kept us in the game.
Nakia: Word up. I’m telling you, I thoroughly enjoy what y’all do. I tell folks all the time, I love The Clipse. No bullshit.
Malice: Thank you very much. Thank you very much, Nikki.
Nakia: Check it, where can we find more information on you and about the book?
Malice: The website is www.mademylifechange.com, named after the song, Life Change, by The Clipse. You can hit me on Twitter, @malice757. And let’s see, go to Amazon too, you can get the book there. The book is on the website and Amazon.
Nakia: Aiight, word up. You wanna shout out?
Malice: Yo it’s your man Malice and I’m out here hanging with my homegirls Nikki and Aja on www.thelavillaproject.com!
Nakia: Right on!