Posted by: Dave on December 11, 2006 at 7:00 am

ClipseHellNote: 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)

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* Noting of explicit lyrics is for the benefit of radio music directors or anyone else that needs/wants to keep their music FCC-friendly.

4 Responses to “Clipse Hell Hath No Fury (Re-Up Gang/Star Trak/Zomba)”

  1. Ben Says:

    This album is getting insane critical/indie love. From a lot of the reviews, you’d think that nobody ever rapped about drug dealing before. Unlike the Clipse stuff I prefer (that “Hate It or Love It” rip from last year’s second mixtape is one of my favorite narrative songs ever), there isn’t one good hook on this album. It’s harddriving and dirty and all that good stuff, but it’s often kind of a bore. That closing ballad with Bilal is miserable. I just don’t hear what makes this so great. But I’m a pop whore. I like, ya know, songs and stuff.

    As old as it’s going to make me sound, I think the new single from AZ and Primier has better grind than anything on this Clipse record. Link below.

  2. Dave Says:

    I agree that “Nightmares,” the Bilal song is a misguided and weak way to close the album. But no hooks? I still can’t get “Dirty Money” and “Mama, I’m So Sorry” out of my head. I need the hooks, too. Clipse brought ’em here.

    As for the AZ single…very nice. Primo is probably the greatest hip hop producer of all time.

  3. Ben Says:

    Are we trading Best of 2006 playlists at year end or what?

  4. Dave Says:

    Of course. I’ll be rolling out The Top 20 Songs of the year, followed by the best of – in several different genres – over the first few weeks of January.

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