After a 4 year hiatus and disappointing numbers on their sophomore album "Hell Hath No Fury" ( 194,000) the Virginia duo Clipse have signed with Columbia records in a joint venture with their label imprint "Re up Records".See Also:
Along with the new deal, Clipse fans should expect Re-Up Gang's We Got It 4 Cheap Vol. 3, as well as the first Clipse album not produced by the Neptunes. During an interview with Rhapsody.com the duo discussed their new label home as well as their relationships with Pharell, Lil Wayne, and Baby.
According to Pusha, the deal is worth about 1.8 million with bonus options and the right to retain the masters for anything done under their imprint, "Re up Records", anything under the Clipse however, is the property of the label.
When asked if the deal with Rick Rubin and Columbia records put a strain on the relationship of the Virginia duo and Pharell, malice said
" Nah, I think that we have a certain etiquette that we've always followed as friends and as business partners. You don't have expectations of people. This whole industry is madness. If something went wrong, I couldn't blame Pharrell. Nobody don't care about your hardships. People just wanna see a victory. It ain't even about friendship, Neptunes, or Star Trak. This is real people with real families tryin' to provide a better life and that's what it's about. That's what I'm in it for, not to have an attitude or be pissed at anybody."
Although they seemed to have parted on good terms there it will come as a surprise to many fans when they hear the next album and there are no neptune productions, Pusha and Malice explained this saying
"I think we made definite classic albums with the Neptunes. I'll miss The Neptunes, but creatively we have to grow. I'm extremely happy about the music that we have now. It's helped me, because I've never had to sit down with 50 beats and do the tedious work of trying to find the one beat. At the end of the day we're still gonna be doing music with the Neptunes as well."
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Almost a year after the war of words between Lil Wayne and the Clips started, the questions are still in abundance, Rhapsody went on to ask if the news from MTV's Mixtape Monday was true, were it stated that Malice wouldn't be against recording a song with the self proclaimed best rapper alive. Malice responded saying
"The only thing he asked me is if I had a problem with Lil Wayne. I was like, "Nah. I don't even think that way." I felt like Wayne talked a little slick about the Clipse in his interview. We addressed that. To me it's over." Pusha went on to say "That was an editorial mistake. I don't got a problem with Wayne, anyway. Wayne puts out a lot of music, and I think he should get credit for that. I ain't never gonna talk to him. The guys I rap with, they talk the language, he talks a lot."
When asked what effect their spat with little wayne had with the relationship they had with Baby, both dismissed it by stating that their family were the only people who's relationship matters to them;
"The only people I'm cool with is my family, and the guys who are out here. I'm from Virginia and I know how to be cordial with everybody. Is any rapper out here my homeboy? Hell no. Well, Baby ain't either. Me, my brother, Gillie, and him wrote a great song together."
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