Today in Hip Hop History: November 28, 2006
A decade ago, two emcees from Virginia changed coke rap forever.
In 2006, The hip hop duo Clipse released their second studio album, Hell Hath No Fury after several delays. Clipse consists of brothers Pusha T and No Malice, alongside their usual production from The Neptunes. The sophomore effort Hell Hath No Fury contains outside features from artists such as Pharrell, Ab-Liva, Re-Up Gang, and more.
The duo began recording for their second album in 2003 right after releasing their debut album, Lord Willin’. However, in 2004 their original record label Arista was absorbed by Jive Music due to the merger between parent companies BMG and Sony Music Entertainment. This caused Clipse to contractually remain with Jive while the rest of their Star Trak colleagues moved to Interscope Records. The duo finished recording Hell Hath No Fury but Jive Music continually pushed back their release in favor of more “pop-oriented” products.
After a lawsuit, they reached an agreement with Jive to release the album alongside their own Re-Up Records. Hell Hath No Fury finally dropped on November 28, 2006.
The album contained darker elements than their debut album. The coke-rap album received universal acclaim and phenomenal critical reviews. XXL labeled Hell Hath No Fury a “XXL” rating, which only five albums had previously received that accolade. In 2010, “Rhapsody named the album one of the top coke-rap albums of all time.”
Despite several other high regarded accolades, the album achieved only modest commercial success. It peaked at #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and #14 on the U.S. Billboard Chart. Hell Hath No Fury did not go Gold nor Platinum. Regardless, it’s arguably one of the best hip hop albums of the mid-2000’s with its influence on the coke rap sub-genre.
Since then, the brother’s careers could not have unfolded more differently. No Malice took a hiatus from rapping to come closer to God and Pusha T is now President of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint. When asked about if we can expect another Clipse release, No Malice gave an open ended answer leaving room for fans to cross their fingers. We can only hope for such a blessing.