SOUNDS LIKE: Virginia Beach, windows down, trunk rattlin', cruising music.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Because this might be as close as we get to a Clipse reunion.
Twenty seconds of aggressive snare hits and dancehall chanting give way to a sinister, snaking beat that sets the tone: The Thornton Brothers are back!
Like Outkast, Clipse have had hip hop fanatics holding out hope of a reunion that always seems a hair's breadth away. Pusha T has been active, seemingly inspired by his association with Kanye West and the G.O.O.D. Music collective. The result? Ferocious tracks like "New God Flow" and "Numbers on the Board," which showcase his lyrical dexterity and desire to remind new emcees of his well-earned place in the game. Meanwhile, No Malice has embraced Christianity and released a memoir, but kept fans of his fierce flow (including Pusha-T) on pins and needles awaiting a follow-up to 2009 release Til the Casket Drops.
"Shame on the Devil" is, strictly speaking, not a Clipse track but who cares? No Malice has finally released his solo album Hear Ye Him and this collaboration showcases the enduring bond of brothers seemingly walking different paths, but never far apart. Clocking in at 3:38, the track feels too short. Pusha T gets one verse and it is, likewise, too short. But the economy leaves room for No Malice to establish once and for all that his renewed faith may have altered his lyrical content but it has not tempered his flow one (cu)bit...