Imagining Clipse not rapping about “‘caine and guns” seems hard to even consider but it looks like that’s the way things are headed, at least maybe for Malice. Ruby Hornet caught up with the other brother Thornton during a recent book stop and he speaks on what’s in a name and why he feels it necessary to move away from being known as “Malice.”
“Am I really about to put this out there to the whole world and a world that has known me for 10 years or better in a different way? So to break through with a new meaning, a new identity, it was a burden because I didn’t know how people would take it, but I knew I had to do it. I didn’t care if I came under all the criticism or scrutiny in the world, this is something I had to do and I knew I was going to do it. It was like torment, ‘oh my god, I’m about to tell this story, I’m about to tell this… But I got to do it.”
Thought provoking to say the least. Not that the Virginia MC is the first to redirect his path because Black music as a whole has seen similar changes by everyone from Al Green to Mase. It’s just very rare in rap for someone to do make such a stark change out of what seems to be conviction instead of what ends up being a ruse.
Watch the clip below and then check out additional quotes from
Malice Gene Thorton over at Ruby Hornet.