During an interview with Angela Yee and Charlamagne of The Breakfast Club, No Malice (formerly Malice) of The Clipse spoke on a variety of topics including the reason for his name change, suffering from depression, and more.
On March 6th of this year No Malice dropped the Malice name during a funeral-like ceremony which he videotaped and placed online shortly after. While speaking with The Breakfast Club No Malice explained that the name change stemmed from the fact that he no longer wanted to portray a certain lifestyle in his music.
“Well, you know I just seen some things. It’s always been in my music. It’s always been there. I think what my fans didn’t know what they were witnessing was me battling with myself,” No Malice explained. “I think the content of the stuff that The Clipse always talk about, even though it’s very real, I think we did it too well. And I think some people walked away with the wrong message from that. Especially seeing a lot of our friends, manager, and people that we considered family get locked up. It’s definitely an eye opener and I really don’t want to glorify that like that any longer.”
Later in the interview No Malice went on to speak on the depression he suffered from as well as the emptiness he felt despite all the material things he accumulated.
“Being in this industry for as long as I’ve been and seeing the things that I’ve seen and accumulating the things that I’ve accumulated and have all of that and still feeling empty inside it really showed me something,” said No Malice. “And that’s what I find to be so ironic right now is that to be at the pinnacle of your career and to be touring and making money and having the things that you want but still not fulfilled. I just knew the life I was living wasn’t right. And you know, that’s not everybody. I’m just telling my story.”
No Malice also spoke on his book Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked which was released on February 14, 2011.