Clipse is an American hip hop duo, formed by brothers Gene "No Malice" Thornton and Terrence "Pusha T" Thornton in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1992. The group was affiliated with the production team the Neptunes, and in 2001 signed to their imprint Star Trak Entertainment.
The duo achieved favorable commercial success, while receiving greater critical acclaim during the 2000s. They are considered to be one of the pioneers of the coke rap subgenre.After forming the duo in 1992, the duo had trouble securing a recording contract. After having their original debut Exclusive Audio Footage shelved by Elektra Records, the duo was dropped from the label. It would not be until the early 2000s, when Pharrell Williams would sign the duo to Arista Records through his recently established Star Trak imprint. With the backing of the Neptunes and the record label, the duo released their debut album Lord Willin' on August 20, 2002. It debuted number 4 on the Billboard 200 and received widely positive reviews from critics. The album was certified RIAA gold 2 months later.The duo's second album Hell Hath No Fury was released in 2006. Despite its modest sales, it received widespread critical acclaim and is considered to be one of the best albums of the 2000s. A third album, Til the Casket Drops, was released in 2009. It is their final project as Clipse, and in 2010 the duo went on hiatus and both members have since pursued solo careers. In 2019, Clipse reunited for the first time in 10 years on Kanye West's song "Use This Gospel".
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