The recent hiatus of Virginia rap duo Clipse — which comprises brothers Pusha T and Malice, whose Neptunes-produced 2002 debut, Lord Willin', earned acclaim on the pop charts and Pitchfork alike — has resulted in very different paths for its two members. Pusha T appeared on Kanye West's My Dark Twisted Fantasy and subsequently was signed to West's imprint, G.O.O.D. Music, and recorded a star-studded solo album set to drop next year. Malice spent his time away from the mic publishing a memoir that outlined his full immersion into Christianity and recently appeared on The 700 Club to tell his story of salvation from the rap game's excess. The divergence is striking, and it manifests most paradoxically in Pusha T's recent rash of hits. In the video for his first solo single, "My God," Pusha dusts his buoyant yet brutal rhymes with references to dealing cocaine between images of gospel choirs and church-goers speaking in tongues. "Trouble on My Mind" features Pusha bragging behind the wheel of a luxury ride while Odd Future prankster Tyler, The Creator trashes a hotel room. Different paths supposedly haven't pulled the brothers apart; Pusha and Malice have said a new Clipse record is in the works. Until then, Pusha T is approaching household-name status, if he isn't there already.
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