With his brother Pusha T enjoying a solo career with G.O.O.D. Music, Malice is taking a different approach to life outside of Clipse. After undergoing a powerful religious transformation, the Virginia Beach, Virginia native has revealed that he plans on changing his name to represent something less evil.

“I’m not a malicious person, and I don’t really like answering to that. I know that people that follow The Clipse or follow my music, they know Malice, so I understand that, I get that,” he told Ruby Hornet TV. “But you don’t want to be under any moniker that’s of evil intent, that’s not you. I come to more believe that there’s so much power in the tongue. The power of the tongue is life and death, so I believe if you are what you fall under whether it’s in your subconscious or not. It’s just me trying to clean up a little bit. But I haven’t thought of that name yet. So Malicious is what it is right now.”

Malice is currently promoting his new book Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, and Naked, which documents his religious experience. “When I went through my experience, I wasn’t thinking about music,” he said. “I had to put it into the book and just share it once and for all.”

As for his cocaine-themed music recorded with The Clipse, he doesn’t discredit the group’s body of work. “The Clipse catalog, it’s a great catalog of music. We were right there with The Neptunes at the height of the whole Star Trak thing in the Clipse, so I’m definitely proud of it,” he added. “And I’m even more so proud of it because it has presented me with this platform here. If I had not have had the first platform, I wouldn’t have this platform, so they all play a part with each other. It’s about evolving, it’s about growing and nothing stays the same. I would be very much ashamed if I come to you next year the same place I was three years ago. I’m seeing the big picture, and a lot of times we think we’re writing the script, but really, we’re not.”

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