Malice, one half of acclaimed Virginia rap duo the Clipse, has traded the group’s signature bleak tales of the drug trade for penance and the harsh light of self-examination in a new memoir. Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked, out Feb. 14 via the Clipse’s own Thorn10 Publishing, tells the story of Malice (real name Gene Elliot Thornton Jr.) and his rise through the cocaine and rap game—ultimately culminating in his reformation and conversion to Christianity.
“Never would I have ever imagined that I would have to share a story so personal and of such magnitude with the entire world. Wretched...tells of my highest highs and my lowest lows. It speaks of my childhood, family life and life in the industry. Most importantly, this book tells how my life was saved by the Lord Jesus Christ,” Malice said in a statement.
Malice is often considered to be in the shadow of his twin brother/bandmate, Pusha T, and the book marks his return to the spotlight after Clipse went on hiatus following 2009’s Til the Casket Drops. Last year, Pusha found new stardom as a solo artist, performing frequently with Kanye West as a part of the producer/MC's G.O.O.D. Music collective.