The Clipse’s absence has been long been documented, and with the release of “Shame The Devil,” all the Pusha/Malice beef rumors can finally be laid to rest. For years they individually assured everyone that there was no issue between the Thornton brothers, but music speaks louder than words and the track is exponentially better than any answer to an interview question.
However, off of a couple listens, that old Clipse magic powder is noticeable absent. Pusha still comes with the fire of old, but Pastor No Malice definitely sounds like a changed man. It’s not all necessarily a bad thing though, it’s just quite different. In that regard, I’m glad that the song isn’t being marketed as a product of The Clipse, because it sounds nothing like what we’ve come to know The Clipse. Maybe the group will never release another album, and that’s fine. As long we can at least hear Malice and Pusha T rhyming together here and there, there will be no objections from me.