“Cam definitely makes sure you pay him first before he makes a move.”
As the Clipse are gearing up for their third official album, Til The Casket Drops, the duo is ensuring that they tie up all ends and team up with those that they may have wanted to work with in the past. Although the road was long, the timing couldn’t be more perfect as they were finally able to nab rapper Cam’Ron to join them this time around.
In relation to spinning tales of the coke game there are a very select few that are able to illustrate and paint the pictures. Outside of the kingpin, Raekwon, the Clipse and Cam have gained their fan gathering, in part, by weaving together intricate stories of the dope trade.
One can only imagine what the result would be once these two forces collided. On December 8, however, the dream will materialize into a reality.
The Thornton brothers caught up with MTV to shed light on their history with reaching for Cam and how everything led up to this point.
“Cam’s comeback was real heavy,” said Pusha T. “We were both about to drop albums. We’re like, ‘Yo, we need to make one of them New York records, real lyrical like a fan record.’ We both have two really strong cult followings. From that conversation, Pharrell went into the studio and started playing with the drums and came up with “Popular Demand”.
Pusha took it back to their debut, Lord Willin, and added that they had been out on the lookout for Killa for some time. When they invited him to be featured on the “Grindin” remix, however, he declined, but they were adamant in linking with the Harlem native.
“Yeah, he dissed us on that one.”
Reaching out to Killa’s camp, the brothers went through Duke Da God to make their wish list complete. From there, all the pieces fell into place as he will be seen on track 8 of the album.
After wrapping up the video for “I’m Good” Remix with Rick Ross, they are actually in the process of shooting the video for “Popular Demand” and will then be followed by “Doorman.”
Whether the blame goes to their troubles at their last label or not having an album out since 2006’s Hell Hath No Fury, the brothers only see the green light down the stretch and are “Grindin” to the finish line.
The Clipse will also be pushing the envelope and expanding their topic a lot more with Till The Casket Drops. Giving Hip-Hop Wired a further glimpse of what’s to come with the new album, Push T said,
“I think that the Clips honestly are in one of the better spaces that we could be in. I’m talking aboout as far as just that carefree raw energy that was more prevalent on Lord Willin’. Any time you messing with us, its gonna be lyric driven Hip-Hop. Hell Hath No Fury, that was a very focused album, it was a very dark and angry and cold album and the whole mood of the album stayed constant unlike a Lord Willin’. And up to now ,unlike Till The Caskety Drops, this is like a roller coaster ride, man. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotion. You got angry records, you got street records, you got life changing records, you got inspirational records, you got female joints. It’s just a roller coaster ride, man, but all lyric driven Hip-Hop.”
Taking heed to what the fans and critics have been asking which was when will they expand their subject matter, the Clipse still have no plans of vacating what has got them to this point even if their former manager Anthony “Geezy” Gonzalez is set to do some serious time for trafficking keys. As Hip-Hop Wired previously reported, Gonzalez pleaded guilty earlier this month to one federal drug conspiracy count and one firearms charge. He admitted to prosecutors that he distributed more than a half-ton of cocaine and close to five tons of marijuana before getting arrested in April. He also admitted that he led his drug trade in a in “a very careful and deliberative manner” only allowing friends and family members to participate in his trafficking.
While the Clipse are in the clear of the indictments bought on to Gonzalez, malice makes no apologies about his lyrics and doesn’t see that as a reason to totally change what their supporters have come to love. He added,
“Yeah I think that Clipse has definitely expanded, but to comment on what you said about the content of what our music has been about the past 7 or 8 years, which was coke driven… We always draw from our real life. We think that’s what the fans really value about the Clipse, they can count on the Clipse. They can recognize how genuine and how authentic the Clipse are. Even on Hell Hath No Fury , the reason why the album was the way it was was because it was where we were in our lives so its no different on this album Till The Casket Drops. We just pulling from real life experiences, man, and where we are and what we go through.”
Stay tuned to Hip-Hop Wired for our upcoming feature with the Clipse and be sure to check out Till The Casket Drops when it snows in on December 8th.