Malice makes good on his debut novel
Rapper Malice wrote his debut novel, “Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked,” with the help of a good ghostwriter.
God used him as a vessel, according to Malice, one half of the underground hiphop duo The Clipse. He spoke to RedEye while in Chicago for a concert at Northwestern University, as well as book appearances at Hyde Park’s Phli clothing store and the DuSable Museum of African American History.
“People don’t understand this when I tell them,” Malice said of his gritty account of the cocaine trade and rap game. “I wrote a chapter every day unless I had to travel. When I was done, I had a professional writer take it and try to edit it, but I hated what he did.
“I put it back the way I had it ... in my own voice, the voice my fans know and have a connection to.”
These days, the rapper uses that voice not only to rap with his brother, Pusha T, but also to speak to children and teens about his career pitfalls. He refuses to preach and doesn’t discourage his peers from rapping about street life.
“Enjoy the music,” Malice said, by way of advice to rap fans. “But be who you are. Don’t accept whatever you hear.”
Malice also predicts that he and other more spiritually focused lyricists will fit better into the mainstream, despite the previous flops of artists who’ve embraced religion.
He tells fans to expect his spiritual perspective to shine through his lyrics when he and Pusha, who recently signed with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, release the next Clipse mixtape “Long Live the Caine.”
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