CLIPSE

Hell Hath No Fury Re-Up ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REVIEWS - Jim Car­roll

No one else has turned the mo­not­o­nous and mur­der­ous life of street-level grind­ing and hus­tling into a hit record like the Thorn­ton brothers did with their Lord Willin’ album. Over claus­tro­pho­bic, space-age beats from The Nep­tunes (their best pro­duc­tion job ever), Pusha T and Mal­ice caught the raw flavours and flow of life on the streets. For round two, very lit­tle has changed. The Nep­tunes fire up an­other set of sin­is­ter, sneaky, skew­ered melodies – it’s Phar­rell Wil­liams and Chad Hugo’s best work since the last time they hung with the brothers – and theThorn­tons rhyme about dark deeds and du­bi­ous deals. There’s no moral­is­ing in Clipse’s street mu­sic, just one un­com­pro­mis­ing diary en­try af­ter an­other about what hap­pens when the po­lice are look­ing the other way. As al­ways, the devil is in the de­tails, with both MCs bounc­ing from one ac­count of a real hard-knock life to the next, paus­ing only to add a stylish flour­ish here and there. Few can do it bet­ter. www.clipseon­line.com

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