NEW YORK — The Clipse’s new LP, Til the Casket Drops, is finally coming out next week, and all the brother-duo can do is smile.
“I was just vibing out to it,” Malice said of the album recently. “I don’t [usually] listen to [the album]: I do it, I lay it down, I wait for it to get ready, then I go back and absorb it. I feel sorry for a lot of cats. We got that album right now.”
Malice said it was “unfair” to ask him what his favorite song from the LP, was but he did list a few he was partial to; “I like ’Champion,’ ’[Popular Demand] (Popeye’s)’ ’Showing Out,’ and ’Door Man’ is incredible.”
The Clipse recently released the video for “Door Man,” which they shot in Virginia.
“[That’s a] real crazy track,” Malice continued. “It’s everything you want to see, how life is at home for us: getting money, the ’hood and your homies. We lost a lot of family, so … When I say ’family,’ I mean people that were down with us, people near and dear to our hearts. Entourage. People who helped build this whole Clipse thing. We been through a lot, but we’re still celebrating — remembering how everything was, how it was supposed to be.”
“It’s almost like ’America Undercover,’ ” Pusha explained of the clip. “We have that ’America Undercover’ feel, that type of documentary style.”
Meanwhile, Push says his favorite record is undoubtedly “Freedom.”
” ’Freedom’ is a redemption song,” he said. “It’s an apology, it gives a rhyme and reason for some of the things and some of the attitudes of the Clipse. It says ’sorry’ just as much as it says we’re better [than other rappers], and we’re still the best … ever.”
Both Clipse members maintain that their mistakes are deeper than rap.
“Nothing musically,” Pusha answered about what they’re apologizing for in “Freedom.” “This is our lives. This music has affected a lot of people and lot of lives around us. Once we get from in front of the camera, there’s a whole world out there that we’re a part of: family, friends, streets. It’s a lot that goes on and a lot that goes on behind this.”
“A lot of sacrifices have been made behind this music,” Malice offered.
“Yeah, that’s the word: sacrifice,” Pusha added with a laugh. “That was a good word.”
“The music drove me crazy,” Pusha raps on the track, which was produced by Sean C and LV. “I’m only finding comfort in knowing you can’t replace me/ What a thing to say/ But what am I to do/ I’m role playing the conscious n—a/ And true is true.”
Sean C and LV also produced “Never Will It Stop” where the Clipse spin tales of stacking money and ciphering off bricks of powder. DJ Khalil brings a reggae flavor track to the snitch-admonishing “There Was a Murder.” The Neptunes produced “Life Change,” which features Kenna and also talks about redemption.
“I was wretched pitiful, poor blind and naked,” raps Malice, who also describes himself as a troubled soul with heartache in the song. “So much so, I left my family forsaken/ … So much dough, but my spirit ever so vacant.”
Later, he rhymes about changing his life and raising a family of four. “I’m back on board due to the Lord’s GPS,” he continues before offering positive hope for the youth.
Casket, which also includes the Kanye West-featured single “Kinda Like a Big Deal,” comes out on December 8, along with albums from Gucci Mane, Snoop Dogg and B.G.
“Amazing,” Pusha said about being released on a hip-hop-heavy week. “We’re in good company. Let’s keep all the traffic coming! I believe if you going in [the store], you’re gonna have more than just $10 to spend. You might have $50. We’re gonna get one of them [purchases].”