No Malice Explains "Hear Ye Him" Album Title Meaning, Praises Kendrick Lamar's "Control" Verse

No Malice reveals that street records don't matter to him.

After 20 years in the game, Clipse member No Malice has released his debut album, Hear Ye Him today (August 18).

In speaking with Hip Hop Since 1987, No Malice explained the meaning behind his album's title. "Hear Ye Him is when we go to church, and my pastor is introducing a guest speaker, or another reverend to come and take over, he always says, 'And the next voice you're about to hear is Pastor so-and-so, hear ye him.' And I thought that was so cold, just lettin' you know, 'Get ready to listen, and check out what's going on.'"

No Malice continued, explaining that his music was now a full-blown pursuit of the truth. "You always want to ride on the coattails of the truth. It's something that's just so cold and so dope about the truth that you want to be a part of it, but then you want to mess it up by starting to add your little twists and stuff to it. So that's what I feel like I did basically all of my career, but now I'm just going all in and just trying to represent the truth as best I can."

During the interview, No Malice also explained that life's experiences have steered him away from making street records. "I don't cater to making a street record. A street record means nothing to me. I've given twelve years of street records. So much street records, my manager and entourage is in jail right now, so I know exactly how much the street means. Period, point-blank. I don't have the luxury to keep going on with the same message."

Though No Malice and his brother, Pusha T, made hard-hitting street music for years, No Malice said that the music was at least always rooted in skill. "The reason why my content... from the Clipse catalogue is because that's what we were into, that's what we talk about, that's what we knew. That's why it was so second-nature. But you have to keep in mind that for us, it was also about those double-entendres, those analogies, those metaphors, the painting of those pictures. To us, that was Rap. That's what we like to talk about... For us, that is Hip Hop. Now, I'm just bringing another side, another avenue, that isn't really tapped into too much, and I owe it to my fans to give them the full spectrum of what it is that I do."

No Malice also spoke about Kendrick Lamar's controversial verse on Big Sean's "Control," where he called out a number of emcees, including Pusha T. "He did exactly what he was supposed to do. You know, he staked his claim," opined No Malice. "That's what Hip Hop is built on. That's what it's always been built on, and that's what I'm talking about. You gotta still bust. I don't care what you do; you could be talkin' about foolishness. If you ain't bustin', what are you doin' right now? I think we start to get away from that. ...Maybe what he did is gonna get cats back on they game. I hope so, anyway."

Watch the interview below:

RELATED: No Malice "Hear Ye Him" Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist


  • CrystalCliff

    just as Alexander implied I didnt even know that a mom able to profit $6828 in a few weeks on the computer. did you look at this site... As for will I be watching next seasonalways and to the end. I am a devoted and die-hard True Blood.

  • wolf

    virginia all day richmond boyeeeeeeeeeee


  • micheal myers

  • imho

    i cant wait to hear this one. clipse always been nice. his newest track w pusha is nice to.. but it still crazy pusha had more buzz but nomalice is the first to drop?

  • Jizzle

    Man..ya'll crack me up w ya'lls comments. Most of ya'll didnt even probably watch the clip...just went straight to typing a comment: "Malice soft"...."Tryin to get attention from Kendrick"...Like, foreal, the interviewer asked him towards the END of the damn interview. Go bump ya'lls Cheif Keef & Gucci Mane youngn's!

  • Margie W. Mitchell

    what Russell said I am amazed that someone can get paid $9216 in 4 weeks on the internet. did you read this website... Ab-Souls album then Jay Rocks. Then Black Hippy. (I think its to create hype for each 4 so when they get together again BAM)

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  • pirate eye

    Nas the only rapper to get my $10 since Pac died but Im buying this "Hear Ye Him" by Malice. After that I will continue to freeload.

  • attention whore

    Another attention whore speaking about Kendrick to promote his upcoming album. Rappers nowadays are all about hype but not good music. First this nigga only talked about coke and guns and now nigga only talks about god????? Yeah right.

    • The Man

      They asked him a question man, did you even look and listen to the interview? Smh. And listen to the album first and then criticize

    • Anonymous

      he was asked the fucken question you fool

    • Anonymous

      dude that's the entire industry all about hype. doing/saying dumb shit too get hype unless your Jay Z or Kanye (even though he stay doing dumb shit)

  • Anonymous

  • Anonymous

    When they manager got indicted on that coke deals, it shook this dude to his bones. They thought they was next, whatever feelings he was battling about being clean, when they man got locked, those feelings ran rampant.

  • Anonymous

    No Malice should change his name to No Career


    20 years in the game? Fuckouttahere Roman Cooper, they didn't come out till 97.

  • Fish

    Christian rap = the softest of the soft. GTFOH with that softcore shit.

    • Tyler (GOD OVER MONEY)

      Sevin, bizzle, Lavoisier, will blow your mind. true Christian rap right there and im prayin for this fool. saying there is no God. get ready

    • The Man

      Your comment is as foul as 60 day old fish,lol. If you listened to the album you would know that the album is not Christian Hip Hop or Rap. You must first listen before you speak

    • Anonymous

      Beautiful thing about opinions is.. Everyone has one! So me "as a person with the appropriate number of chromosomes, i am not retarded and therefore realise there is" a GOD. Your opinion means just as much (or as little) as mine. So I'll be buying the record and can't wait to hear the brother speak.

    • Fish

      I'm not a devil worshipper. I'm not an anything worshipper. As a person with the appropriate number of chromosomes, i am not retarded and therefore realise there is no 'god'. So ask yourselves about the likelihood of me paying money to listen to someone rapping about how he believes there is?!?!? You may as well buy an album by someone rapping about Santa being real.

    • not Fish

      lol Malice been rapping 'soft' (like you say) material back in the Clipse days listen to his verse on Popular Demand

    • Anonymous

      @Fish: You must be a devil worshipper to even say christian rap is soft. I bought No Malice album and trust me its a solid album. His actually rapping bout his past life experiences and through those experiences he was able to find GOD.

    • Jonatan Listen!

    • Jonatan

      How dare you express yourself like that! Have you listened to Thisl?

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