Malice Talks Faith, New Book And The Clipse's Future

One half of The Clipse, Malice sounds off on "Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked" and how his faith factors in with the future of the group.

On February 14, Gene Elliott Thronton Jr., better known as Malice of The Clipse, released his first book, Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked. In the book’s description, Malice says, “This book tells how my life was saved by the Lord Jesus Christ.” Being that Pusha and Malice have rapped about the drug trade in vivid detail, some fans may see the book as a departure, but Malice says those who pay attention should see it as a continuation.

“I’ve always made mention of my faith,” Malice told J. Pablo of The Village Voice. Even on our first album, ‘Exclusive Audio Footage,’ we had a song called ‘Watch Over Me.’ A better example would be the cover for our second album, ‘Lord Willin’: We got Jesus riding with us. I’ve always tried to give a balanced outlook on dealing drugs and the spoils that come with it. I’m not pretending to be better now or something. I’m not better than anybody; I’m just speaking on my experiences.”

In January, Malice released the viral video “Am I My Brothers Keeper?” which addressed Pusha with the following bars:

“I heard they out there saying why he wasn’t before the judge / ‘Cause every day I prayed you was covered in the blood / So all I ask bro is you acknowledge his name / We in the same group I gotta share your pain.”

Malice pointed out that he and Pusha T still plan on doing music as The Clipse, and neither Pusha’s solo venture with Kanye West nor his own work as an author will change the status of the group.

“We’re still doing Clipse music,” Malice added. “It’s just…I told him I have to write this book. He understood. I couldn’t do rap right then. I let him read the book. He thought it was phenomenal. He encouraged me to move forward with it. How can I do anything less for him?”

Malice’s full Q&A, including his reflection on the sentencing of former Clipse manager Anthony Gonzalez is available at The Village Voice’s website. To order a copy of Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked, visit the Thorn10 Publishing website.


  • PffDaddyKaNE

    I know the difference in the two for the most part. Pusha is the iller 1 of the 2. But Malice still does his thing and he still goes in. But pusha aint signed to G.O.O.D. music for nothin. Dat nigga airs everything he touches. Im from VA and they are some real niggas. Big Props to both of them for doing they thing.

  • gnigga/pleeze

    at yall below me i know a bunch of clipse songs word for word,,, i have no idea which is which. you guys do? i can't distinguish their voices for shit

  • Bowski

    I agree w/Northside Don, cos even though Pusha is nice his lyircs/style is more flashy (mainly cos of his flow) but Malice is a real problem w/his lyrics. He normally spits the deep gritty shit for real. In any case they both seriously compliment each other they're both dope. I salute any dude that's spiritual in-tuned music or not, and the creativeness of it is that he's not being preachy about it neither. True talk - any REAL dude in the streets that's been through enough shit knows & believes in the power of the Almighty. I'm just saying...

  • Northside Don

    Pusha T is supa nice and his bars stand out to most of the pop fans acting like rap fans--but the soul and truth is in Malices bars. Some of the things he says downright shits on the life of a drug dealer but you gotta handle ya biz. I hated seeing what crack did to people but i loved the money so i can relate

  • Truth

    Malice seems like a weirdo. Glad Pusha T's going solo.

  • Dollaz

    Yo I respect the hell outta Malice for this move! Anytime You biggin' up God as a real nigga you gotta salute it! God Bless !

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