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    Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury

    Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury

    If you think gangster rap is simply a glorification of drug dealing with no remorse, think again. The Virginia duo Clipse adds the human struggle over the regret of selling drugs to their community yet loving the benefits of hustling. This is what sets Clipse apart from its peers.

    In their latest release, brothers Pusha-T and Malice continue to distinguish themselves with hard, futuristic beats that many others would likely have a hard time rhyming over.

    While Clipse has a similar fan base to their peers and their CDs are produced in both explicit and clean versions, Clipse is simply much higher-quality music. Hell Hath No Fury, produced by the Neptunes, is not the singable rap that the radio is used to.

    The songs have out-of-the-ordinary beats that are mostly organ/syntheziser-intensive, and most do not have a strong chorus like many rap songs in radio rotation have these days.

    The song “”Mr. Me Too,”” featuring Pharrell, tells of a wannabe poser-friend, “”Mr. Me Too,”” and incorporates the tension with their old record label, Jive, who delayed this release for years before Clipse made the switch to Zomba records. The brothers are now on their imprint label, Re-Up Gang.

    The lyrics are slightly comical (with female “”uh-huhs,”” suggesting the agreeable nature of a friend in the back), poking fun at those posers who try to live their lifestyle: “”I know what you thinking why I call you me too/Cause everything I say, I got you saying me too/ I say I got a Benz so you said me too/You hanging out the window so they can see you.”” Take that, poser!

    The slower, also organ/synthesizer-heavy, “”Nightmares,”” featuring Bilal and Pharrell, is also one of the best tracks on the album. Not only does the actual music distinguish itself from the rest of the rap world, but so do the lyrics found in Clipse’s latest.

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