November 16, 2006
The Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury: Album Review
The Clipse, Hell Hath No Fury (Jive, 2006)
What can I say, it's been a hell of a week for album leaks. First the new Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg albums, and now this - the highly anticipated new album from the Clipse. It's their first since their 2002 debut Lord Willin', which is fairly widely regarded as a new classic. Word to the Superstation.
WE GOT IT FOR CHEAP
The Clipse spit some of their hardest shit evar over a so-so Neptunes beat. Rather than a proper chorus, there's some ethnic fellow right out of central casting rambling about something or other. Think Pain in da Ass from those first few Jay albums.
MOMMA I'M SORRY
More along the lines of something off of Lord Willin'. Truth be told, I'm not that crazy about this track either, but it still works. And there's a chorus.
MR. ME TOO
The marginally popular lead single from earlier this summer. It's got a sort of futuristic vibe a la "Drop It Like It's Hot," but it doesn't really pop like that record.
And the non-event of a second single, in which they "borrow" that what it dew bullshit from Paul Wall. Really it's not that bad, but it sounds more like a Slim Thug record than a Clipse one.
RIDE AROUND SHINING
Great song + weird, overly minimalist beat + weed carrier guest rappin' = kind of a waste.
Again more along the lines of what one might to hear on a Clipse album. I could without as much bling bling talk, but what are you gonna do.
HELLO NEW WORLD
Pharrell's chorus here is so retarded it's actually kinda brilliant not unlike his goofy mouth noises on "Grindin'." Otherwise though this is kinda drab and joyless.
KEYS OPEN DOORS
Did you know the Clipse sell cocaine? Pusha T, in fact, hasn't spent a rap dollar in three years, though I'm sure he would. Hell I would too.
Overly poppy Neptunes + afterthought of a chorus + weed carrier verses = approximately 3.14159.
Oh great, a song after the last Bun B album. The chorus just goes, "Bitch I'm trill. Nigga I'm so trill." Peep Pusha's first verse on this. Yikes!
CHINESE NEW YEAR
The Chinese set off fireworks on New Years? I thought they just made fireworks.
Way too much Bilal on this one, especially since his part kinda sucks. The Neptunes should never try to make neo soul music. That's just not what they do.
COMMENTS: The Neptunes, who did all the beats here, just aren't as good as they were in 2002. I give Pitchfork a lot of shit for fawning over We Got It for Cheap 2 as if it was the next Source Tags and Codes or some such, but it really is a much more enjoyable listen than this. The rappin' here is generally excellent, but I'm really not that crazy about any of these beats.
BEST TRACKS: "We Got It for Cheap" "Mr. Me Too" "Wamp Wamp"
BONUS VIDEO: Peep this clip for "Mr. Me Too."
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