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Clipse Biography

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Birth Place: Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Years Active: 1992-present
Genres: Hip Hop

Clipse is a critically acclaimed Virginia Beach, Virginia-based hip hop duo. Formed in 1992 by brothers Malice (Born Gene Thornton in 1973) and Pusha T (Born Terrence Thornton in 1977), the group is affiliated with multi-platinum production team The Neptunes.

Under Elektra, and with The Neptunes handling its production, Clipse recorded its debut album, “Exclusive Audio Footage.” The group's first single, "The Funeral", helped to generate fan interest in the album, but failed to make a significant commercial impact. With "The Funeral" deemed a failure, “Exclusive Audio Footage” itself was shelved indefinitely. Clipse was released from its record contract shortly thereafter.

In early 2001, Pharrell Williams signed the duo to Arista Records through his recently established Star Trak Entertainment imprint. Clipse released its commercial debut “Lord Willin'” on August 20, 2002. The album opened at #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-hop Album chart and #4 on the Billboard Hot 200, fueled by the strength of the first two singles, "Grindin'" and "When the Last Time", which peaked at #30 and #19 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. Third single "Ma, I Don't Love Her" (featuring Faith Evans) was a modest hit, reaching #86 on the Hot 100. On October 1, 2002—only a month after its release—“Lord Willin'” was certified gold by the RIAA.

Like the group's debut album, “Hell Hath No Fury,” released on December 7, 2006 in the U.S., is produced by The Neptunes. The album spawned two singles: "Mr. Me Too" and "Wamp Wamp (What It Do)". It peaked at #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #14 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

The follow-up to “Hell Hath No Fury,” titled “Til the Casket Drops,” was released in December 2009. In a departure from the group's previous works, which only featured production from the Neptunes, this album features production from Sean "Diddy" Combs' production team The Hitmen, and DJ Khalil.

The album did not fare as well commercially as the group's first two albums, peaking at #41 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.