The brothers went their separate ways after Malice’s spiritual reawakening in 2012. Meanwhile, Push went on to carve out a successful solo career, eventually ascending to Kanye West’s right-hand wingman as the appointed president of the G.O.O.D Music hip-hop label.
But his Clipse shadow still led fans to get their hopes up when speculation of a reunion album gained traction online in 2014. Malice eventually shot the rumors down in an interview with Pow TV Rap Show, citing the fact that he and Push were “taking two different approaches to music.”
Just when it seemed all hope was lost, Clipse was back in the flesh as a duo on Chicago icon Kanye West’s gospel-inspired Jesus Is King album. The two rapped together on the project’s 10th track, “Use This Gospel,” to the elation of many hip-hop heads, which they subsequently performed at the Los Angeles installment of Ye’s Sunday Services.
“I’m the younger brother, man. I mean, I’m happier than — I can’t even express it!” he told Vulture of their musical reunion. “I can’t speak for him, but I do think a lot of it had to do with feeling like he should be more present in everything that I had going on musically in the past couple of years. There’s nothing like having a true warrior by your side.”
Now, Pharrell is getting his fellow Virginia Beach natives back on stage together for the upcoming second installment of his Something in the Water music festival. This will be Clipse’s first concert performance since 2010. And it’s only right given that Pharrell produced the beats for the rap duo’s acclaimed debut album, Lord Willin’. The event’s lineup was announced on Thursday (Dec. 12) in a flyer posted to the festival’s official Instagram and Twitter pages.
There are plenty of big-name artists featured throughout, too. Tyler the Creator will headline followed by performances from A$AP Rocky, Chance the Rapper, H.E.R., Tierra Whack, Gunna, Playboi Carti, Wale, Migos, Nelly, Usher and Trey Songz, among others.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday (Dec. 14), and can be purchased here, and you might want to buy yours ASAP.
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