13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though it lacks the steely focus of Hell Hath No Fury, Til the Casket Drops captures one of hip-hop’s most formidable duos in a moment of transition. For the first time, Clipse collaborate with producers outside of the Neptunes, their longstanding production team, and the risk pays off: DJ Khalil & Chin triumph with the taut, dirty riff of “Kinda Like a Big Deal” and the ghetto reggae of “There Was a Murder,” both of which inspire sharp rhymes and renewed energy. Clipse’s criminal flows just aren’t cut out for the club, but the Neptunes still manage to give Clipse a classic track in the form of “Popular Demand (Popeyes),” a halftime stomp that invites a verse from Cam’ron, whose verbal precision is well-suited to Clipse’s style. Til the Casket Drops isn’t a drug-dealer manifesto on par with the first two Clipse albums, but the final song “Life Change” suggests the group is ready to move beyond crack rap altogether: “Wasted so much time stuntin’ for folk / When really the whole time I was stuntin’ my growth / A message to the youth, what I’m offering is hope / Now something’s gotta change, I’m at the end of my rope.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though it lacks the steely focus of Hell Hath No Fury, Til the Casket Drops captures one of hip-hop’s most formidable duos in a moment of transition. For the first time, Clipse collaborate with producers outside of the Neptunes, their longstanding production team, and the risk pays off: DJ Khalil & Chin triumph with the taut, dirty riff of “Kinda Like a Big Deal” and the ghetto reggae of “There Was a Murder,” both of which inspire sharp rhymes and renewed energy. Clipse’s criminal flows just aren’t cut out for the club, but the Neptunes still manage to give Clipse a classic track in the form of “Popular Demand (Popeyes),” a halftime stomp that invites a verse from Cam’ron, whose verbal precision is well-suited to Clipse’s style. Til the Casket Drops isn’t a drug-dealer manifesto on par with the first two Clipse albums, but the final song “Life Change” suggests the group is ready to move beyond crack rap altogether: “Wasted so much time stuntin’ for folk / When really the whole time I was stuntin’ my growth / A message to the youth, what I’m offering is hope / Now something’s gotta change, I’m at the end of my rope.”

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About Clipse

Hailing from Virginia, Clipse -- brothers Pusha T and Malice -- were one of the first artists to associate with the Neptunes. The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams first met the brothers in the early '90s, was very impressed by their talents, and decided to help them get a gig. After he hooked them up with the Elektra label, an early single flopped and the group seemed done, even though an album's worth of material had been recorded. Williams was not discouraged and continued to hype the group until Arista finally intervened in 2001. Williams and partner Chad Hugo stepped behind the boards and produced Lord Willin', Clipse's 2002 full-length debut, released through Star Trak/Arista. On the strength of "Grindin'," the album hit the Top Ten of the R&B/Hip-Hop and Billboard 200 charts and eventually went gold. The Sony-BMG merger threw the follow-up into limbo and sparked a long bout of legal snags between Clipse and their new parent label, Jive. While the delay was going on, Clipse issued a series of mixtapes and set up their Re-Up label. The label disputes were eventually cleared up, and Hell Hath No Fury -- a lean, mean album, featuring the Neptunes and the MC'ing duo at the top of their game -- was finally released on November 28, 2006. Almost unanimously hailed by critics, it also reached number 14 on the Billboard 200. Clipse later signed with Columbia for Til the Casket Drops, released in December 2009. The album's list of collaborators included the Neptunes, DJ Khalil, Kanye West, and Keri Hilson. ~ Bradley Torreano & Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Virginia Beach, VA
  • FORMED
    1992

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