English Album: Clipse - Til The Casket Drops

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The Clipse are seeking redemption. For rappers, and literal
brothers, Malice and Pusha T, the rap biz has been bipolar,
full of ups and downs. While their original planned debut,
Exclusive Audio Footage, was shelved, their proper debut on
Jive Records, Lord Willin (2002), was met with much praise
and near-platinum sales. Unfortunately, label shenanigans
delayed the Virginia duos sophomore salvo by four years.
Like the We Got It 4 Cheap mixtapes their devotees rabidly
consumed in the interim, 2006s Hell Hath No Fury was also
critically lauded (it earned a perfect XXL rating in this
magazine), thanks to reflectivestreet songs like the solemn
Nightmares and the admirable Momma Im So Sorry. Still,
despite all of the adoration, HHNF failed to move weight at
registers, or iTunes, stalling out at about 205,000 copies
sold to date. As persistent with their product as ever, the
Clipse return for the hat trick, this time on Columbia
Records. And despite its grim title, Til the Casket Drops is
more about celebrating life than foreshadowing a tragic

From the onset, the discs beats are epic in scale. On the
albums intro track, the Sean C & LV produced Speak of
Freedom, Pusha spits, All the apologies, I wear the cross, I
bear the blame/We in the same group, but I dont share my
brothers pain, as he goes on to talk of music as a self-made
prison. Separately, Malice speaks of a similar sentiment,
when he questions, ow was I to know I was happy being piss
poor??over a perfect sound bed of rapid-fire drums, melodic
strings and rock-guitar accents.

It is key to note that, until now, The Neptunes have been
the sole sound providers of the two previous Clipse albums,
but on Til the Casket Drops, Pharrell and Chad make a little
room for Cali producer DJ Khalil and the aforementioned Sean
C & LV. Rather than being stark contrasts, the outside
contributions blend right in with The Neptunes?otherworldly
sonic bleeps and bangso much so that it Khalil who laces
the bum-rushing, Kanye Westssisted lead single, inda
Like a Big Deal,?and the standout, dancehall-tinged here
Was a Murder,?two menacing additions to the Clipse
catalog that otherwise wouldn exist had the group not
branched out.

Just as with their prior releases, it is the duo ability
to go out on a limb, beyond coke-fueled trappings, that
remains their strong suit. On Champion,Malice kicks, A long
way from pumpin in housing projects/Investing in real
estate, weighing out my prospects, while a shimmering synth
and numbing bass play in the background. Lord Willin and
Hell Hath pounded listeners with tales of Pyrex, yet this
album is more nuanced. Never mind the saccharine, Keri
Hilsonaced radio volley All Eyes on Me the Clipses need
for something resembling a radio hit is to be expected.
Instead, more emphasis should be put on the mid-90s-sounding
Counseling and the bright and boastful Im Good, which
sonically fare much better.

But don think for a second that the brothers Thornton have
become milquetoast MCs who have forgotten their struggles.
At least for a moment, the chest-thumping Never Will It Stop
quells such notions and gives a nod to the Clipse of old.
Says Malice, hild of a lesser God, so when I drop the top
on the Porsche/Its my way of reaching for the Lord.

Playing both sides, though, is nothing new to the pair.
Paranoia-stained verses with touches of spirituality is a
formula the brothers have perfected. Malice, whose pointed
barbs are a highlight of the album, weaves these themes into
his bars more and more often. Consider it hip-hop gospel,
but without the cheesiness. It is most evident on Life
Change, where he admits that he was wretched, pitiful, poor,
blind and naked, before adding, Money, hoes and clothes is
Malices past tense.

Combining an even mix of maturity and playfulness (check
Back by Popular Demand featuring Camron), the Clipses future
remains as prosperous as ever. With Til the Casket Drops
serving as a return to grace, theres proof positive that
Pusha T and Malice still have much to live for.[/uote]


02.Popular Demand (Popeyes) Ft. Camron & Pharrell
03.Kinda Like A Big Deal Ft. Kanye West
04.Showing Out Ft. Yo Gotti
05.Im Good Ft. Pharrell
06.There Was A Murder
07.Door Man
08.Never Will It Stop Ft. Ab Liva
09.All Eyes On Me Ft. Keri Hilson
10.Counseling Ft. Nicole Hurst
13.Life Change

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