"10 years ago, Hell Hath No Fury, we made, I feel like, the best album of that year for sure..."
In November, Pusha T and (No) Malice of the Clipse will celebrate a landmark that happens to also be a stark reminder.
Bittersweet memories lie behind 2006's Hell Hath No Fury, a gully and gloom masterpiece that emotionally took the Virginia-bred through hell and back.
"We was going through a lot and [during] that album actually, everything that happened and everything talked about in [it] ended up playing out a few years later," says Pusha T, before letting out a sigh, in regards to the Neptunes-produced LP that was quickly crowned a critical darling after its late '06 release.
Stuck in label purgatory for four years, while watching their home label of Star Trak head over to Interscope as they were forced to sit stuck with an unresponsive Jive Records, Clipse went platinum-selling duo with a hit album, 2002's Lord Willin', to another act collecting dust on the label shelves.
To salvage their idle activity with the label, the brothers flooded the streets with their We Got It 4 Cheap mixtape series, producing enough street and Internet buzz to eventually warrant a proper release date for Hell Hath No Fury, their sophomore album. And so when it came time for that November release, the world got to hear pain through song as the hellish LP manifested a line that Chuck D once made famous on "Welcome to the Terrordome": "When I get mad, I put it down on a pad."
Over 12 tracks, Pusha and Malice paint a beautiful nightmare that is filled with Pyrex vision, hustler's prayers, and pillow-soaked frustration that all in all chronicle their hellish four-year ride. Unfortunately, four years after this ride was told on wax, the embers from that hell fire returned as former lead manager for Clipse, Anthony “Geezy” Gonzalez, was charged with leading a $10 million drug ring and faced an 82-count indictment for drug trafficking.
"It [features] a lot of pain, struggle, but they say that pain makes the best music and to me," Pusha added.
Although pain is riddled all over the album, the silver lining within Hell Hath No Fury is the timeless music it delivered to the world during a time it was needed most.
"Still to this day, it’s my favorite album."
Before the 10th anniversary officially arrives later this year, check out Pusha T's words on the Clipse classic below.