As a member of The Clipse, No Malice (He was known as Malice or even Malicious back then) would rap alongside his younger brother Pusha T about sold cocaine and bodies slain. The change to No Malice came in 2012 and he announced that his solo album was coming. And here we are at this point. So after three albums (four if you count the shelved Exclusive Audio Footage), what do we expect from No Malice on his solo offering?
The albums starts with an interlude talking about illusions. There are six interludes in total that is preaching a brief message. On the Ab-Liva featured “Smoke & Mirrors”, No Malice raps about find a way from the evils of the drug game.
And I ain’t sellin’ my soul for no million
Cause that dead-end rap can’t even crack its glass ceiling
Why such blasphemy
And anger toward a God which none hath seen
Hmm, leads me to believe
That there’s a wee bit more to this Jesus thing
The production and cuts by Cam Calloway on “Blasphemy” are so old school and Fam-Lay provides the hook talking dope and chains. On the album’s title track, No Malice raps more about his past as he discusses ills as selling drugs to his older brother.
I should’ve been dead a long time ago
I offered it death in almost every line I wrote
Camouflaged it and act like I had offered hope
The gold chain was steady hanging, ni**as choked
My older brother was my hero till he started dope
Wish I could’ve stopped his very first line of coke
But, I don’t judge
We all got a guilty pleasure
And bless my mama heart, she still believe he getting better
On “Unforgettable”, No Malice speaks more of his past sins and tries to steer the listener in the opposite direction. “Bow Down No Mo” talks about living like devil while in the drug game.
Looking back, oh what a fool I was
Different chick every night, like it was humorous
It fueled my lust but now I hang my head in shame
They got the nerve to ask, did they really hustle caine
Yes indeed, them chickens really flew the coop
Crack the gong with them birds, cock a doodle doo
Them other dudes on the mic, ain’t telling you the truth
That’s why I been sick of rap, chicken noodle soup
Now what would this album be without a collaboration with younger brother Pusha T who shows up on “Shame The Devil”. Here Pusha T puts away the talk that they are done as a rap duo.
Gene found God, they thinking we at odds
Must ain’t know my father, he ain’t never spared a rod
Yuugh! It’s two sides to a card
Just opposite ends of two peas in a pod
Now if you thought that this album was going to go in the ways of typical Christian rap then that’s where you’re mistaken. No Malice still raps as he did with his brother Pusha T but he’s doing it with a different purpose. He’s telling the listeners his story and hoping that they see that they don’t have to follow in that same path. Hear Ye Him is an honest album that delivers on its message.