Clipse Inks Label Deal with Jive, Teams with Neptunes for “Darker” Album
Virgina Beach duo Clipse has signed a new deal with Jive Records, which will distribute its label, Re-Up Gang Records. The first release on Re-Up/Jive will be Hell Hath No Fury, the long-awaited follow-up to Clipse’s critically-acclaimed 2002 debut Lord Willin’. Although they are no longer signed to Star Trak, the new album, like their debut, will be entirely produced by the Neptunes. “We’ve been recording constantly,” Pusha told XXLMAG.COM from a studio in Miami. “When the Clipse and the Neptunes work together, there’s a whole other chemistry.” Following the release of the Clipse album this summer, they plan to release an album from the Re-Up Gang, a group that includes Pusha, Malice, Ab-Liva and Sandman.
The label signing ends years of speculation after their former home, Arista Records, merged with Jive due to corporate restructuring, leaving the group in label limbo. While the other artists on the Neptunes’ Star Trak label were released, Clipse still had a contractual obligation to Jive, and their album release was delayed.
The first single from Hell Hath No Fury will be called “Me Too,” which features Pharrell. “There’s nothing on radio that sounds like it,” says Pusha. “This album is 100% meaner and darker. We’re trying to resurrect East Coast hip-hop.”