Mal­ice makes good on his de­but novel

Red Eye Chicago - - Chicago -

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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