Note: After over four years of dealing with record label reshuffling and delayed released dates, Clipse finally get to unleash the proper follow-up to their 2002 debut Lord Willin’.
Also Note: To stay relevant and active in hip hop during the down time, they released two highly regarded mix tapes last year.
Sound: Once again, their album is produced entirely by the Neptunes – street level, coke-dealing hip hop over stunningly spare, futuristic beats with a hypnotic power and a grim darkness.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Dirty Money” (Top 20 Songs of 2006 Candidate); “Chinese New Year”; “Momma I’m So Sorry”; “Wamp Wamp (What It Do)” featuring Slim Thug
Medium Rotation tracks: The rest
Explicit Lyrics*: On pretty much every track. You’ll need the clean version if you’ve got to keep your music FCC-friendly.
Recommended: To fans of classic East Coast hip hop (like early Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan and Nas). Hell Hath No Fury makes no concessions to today’s mainstream hip hop trends – no radio-baiting r&b hooks or samples, no gratuitous collabos (only effective guest appearances), no bloated tracklist with lots of filler and skits – but is still current and forward-thinking. Plus, all the frustrating time out of the limelight has made Clipse hungrier, more clever and simply better rappers. This is the best mainstream hip hop album of the year.
Grade: A (Strong Top 20 Albums of 2006 Candidate)
* Noting of explicit lyrics is for the benefit of radio music directors or anyone else that needs/wants to keep their music FCC-friendly.