Clipse Claim “Best Duo Ever” Title At NY Sneaker Pimps Concert

The Clipse proclaimed itself the best rap twosome ever Friday night (June 26) as they closed out Sneaker Pimps’s New York City tour stop.

“Third times a charm from the best duo ever,” promised Malice, as he and Pusha T performed “Kinda Like A Big Deal,” the lead single from their forthcoming third album, Til The Casket Drops.

The Thorton Brothers were among a handful of rap acts represented on the night’s bill, which also featured Midwestern pair The Cool Kids, OutKast half Big Boi, D-Block general Jadakiss and XXL alum Wale.

Set in Manhattan’s Terminal 5, the event was a hipster heaven. Behind the stage was a caged off skateboard ramp, where boarders kick-pushed from side to side. Meanwhile, in the venue’s standing room, graphic tees and exclusive Nike Dunks and Jordan kicks were on display for guests to purchase.

Performances were tailored to the sneaker culture, too. Wale, the night’s first notable performer, joked with the crowd about shoe sizes before launching into his radar-evading smash “Nike Boots.” Other tracks, like “Chillin’” and “Go Mode” got lukewarm responses, with one daring audience member demanding Wale exit the stage.

“I got some niggas that will beat the shit out of you right now,” Wale told the detractor, before leading the rest of the crowd into a back-and-forth chant of “Hater.”

The Cool Kids were next on the lineup, rocking bass-heavy, cult favorites like “I (Mikey) Rock,” “Black Mags,” and “88,” which was mixed with Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story” melody.

While Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish’s somewhat repetitive old-school vibe grew tiring, hometown rep Jadakiss was the clear crowd favorite. Fans were drunk off nostalgia as the Lox star breezed though classics like “Wild Out” and “Blood Pressure,” as well as newer cuts like “Smoking Gun” and “Who’s Real.”

Jada’s energy lacked, but Big Boi injected a much-needed jolt, keeping the remnants of the slimming crowd dancing to “I Like The Way You Move” and “Kryptonite,” and previewing tracks from his upcoming album, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.

Short on time, Clipse kept it short and street, emerging on stage to their modern classic “Grindin’” followed by “Keys Open Doors.”

Sneaker Pimps, the world’s largest touring sneaker hip-hop lifestyle exhibition, hits Philadelphia next, on July 9. –John Kennedy

  • REALLY

    You guys ever heard of … idk … a group named OUTKAST!!?!

    • D

      lol thats what im sayin…..

    • loe louis

      can you say RUNDMC

    • joe p

      az nd nas ??? dont get me wrong clipse is good but not in my top 5 … gangstarr, nas az, reakwon and ghostface ,meth and red come on now lol

  • http://xxlmag Jb

    EPMD……Gangstarr….Maybe they was drunk. lol
    http://www.myspace.com/lidujay

  • Pierzy

    I love Clipse but Outkast & Mobb Deep have better careers [Lord Willin' & Hell Hath lose in a battle with Infamous & Hell On Earth].

    Meth & Red?

    And Run-DMC was a trio but only 2 of them rhymed…

  • DETROIT

    what up p,

    “Lord Willin’ & Hell Hath lose in a battle with Infamous & Hell On Earth.”

    Those 2 mobb cds easily kill lord willin and hell hath! AND WE DON’T NEED TO MENTION MURDA MUSIC!

    I LIKE THE CLIPSE THO! but they have to make a certified classic before they can be considered the best anything! UGK, BALL AND G, RUN DMC, EVEN RAE AND GHOST, are way ahead of the clipse right now!

    • Pierzy

      Detroit – what’s good?!

      I meant to insert the word ‘easily’ in there too. And you’re dead on about Murda Muzik…that was a hott album.

      Prodigy ’94 – ’99 >>>>> Pusha & Malice together. All day.

      And I was going to say Rae & Ghost. You could call Cuban Linx a duo album and Ironman was the two of them + Cappa. This isn’t even close…

      • $ykotic

        Co-sign P & Detroit

        Ya’ll said it all.

        • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

          Whadup P, $yk, D?

          Perhaps they smoke what they sell.

          Outkast is tops, for the most part right now. That was the “last” great duo, career-wise. Can’t argue with bonafide success. Even still, Mobb, M&R, Ghost & Rae will rap crop circles around Clipse.

          No hate, but those are awfully big air force 1′s to fill. Or, Bathing Apes.

        • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

          Damn, forget about Erick & Parrish. That was sacreligious…….

    • DetroitDraper

      I agree that Mobb Deep and UGK can be considered better than the Clipse but I dont really get the fascination with Outkast…guess they’re just not my taste. They have some classic cuts that I like but I see people on here all the time raving over 2K’s lyrics when im not that impressed…Maybe its just me…

      • DETROIT

        did you like dre’s verse on that ugk single? to me, that verse was crazy, and it showed why dre is considered one of the best in the game. his rhyme patterns are original and his subject matter is very real. 95% of the rappers in the game use unoriginal rhyme schemes and subject matter. big boi is good too, and as a duo, their music is always a breath of fresh air. THEY ARE THE 2K VERSION OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST!

        • DetroitDraper

          I’ve always liked Big Boi a lil more but Andre’s rhyme scheme topics etc. are original but to me its just creatively expressed words that have no meaning. Not taking anythong away from his ability to put words together Idk I guess Im sayin he doesnt really rap about anything. At least anything Id like to hear.

  • the real gangster

    outkast is the best duo evear!!!!!!!
    1.outkast
    2.ugk
    3.mobb deep
    4.M.O.P.
    5.CNN

  • geico lizard

    Outkast>>>

  • NEVERLOSE

    EPMD-HANDS DOWN DA BEST DUO EVER!..4 STRAIGHT CLASSICS THEN THEY BROKE UP,PUT ON REDMAN,DAS-EFX,KEITH MURRAY(SERMON),DJ SCRATCH,&K-SOLO..IGNORE THEIR REUNION ALBUMS THO.

  • patkilpat@yahoo.com

    This is why they have a case… look at the weakest link.

    I would rather listen to Malice than, Big Boi, Pimp C (rest in peace), Capone, Lil Fame (I’m a big M “Dot” O “Dot” P fan), and Prodigy.

    We can do a quote battle if you want.

    “I’ll spit in your right ear
    and make your brain manifest destiny”- Patrick Kilpatrick and The Suicide Notes

    myspace.com/patrickkilpatrickisshadowgovernment

    • DETROIT

      “I would rather listen to Malice than, Big Boi, Pimp C (rest in peace), Capone, Lil Fame (I’m a big M “Dot” O “Dot” P fan), and Prodigy.”

      not tryin to diss, but you have to be like 22! many people thought that big boi was the best in outkast after their 1st cd! how bout big’s verse in “so fresh so clean”, or “red velvet”, or “snappin and trappin”. and as for pimp c…nigga be serious! go check “murda” or “3 16s” or “high life”! and as for prodigy…he’s one of the best mc’s ever, at least top 15 or 20.

      QUIET STORM >>>> THE CLIPSE WHOLE CAREER!

      i like the clipse, but let’s not take it too far. “grindin” was their biggest hit and it left a lot to be desired lyrically.

      • Victor

        Allow it! I’m 19 and a london dude but the net has been a hip hop revelation. The Clipse are nice but have they made anything near ATLiens? Moment Of Truth? Hell On Earth? Heck they are like on Red and Meth’s sort of level and they are solo artists! I would go as far as to say OB4CL>The Clipse careers.

        Not even to talk of EPMD, i prefer MOP as well. The hip hop is there on the net age aint even an obstacle imo. It’s too easy for artists to say they are the illest nowadays, this is more disrespectful to other duos than what Budden said about Meth.

    • 619

      For your info Prodigy is not the weakest link in the group. Havoc is pretty much there for production reasons.

  • http://atypikalent.blogspot.com atypikal ent.

    OUTKAST, OUTKAST, OUTKAST….

    and even then……..

    UGK- Ball & G…

  • http://xxlmag jb

    EPMD…Gangstarr. Maybe they was drunk. lol

  • La Verdas

    Any1 who left EPMD off their duo-list FAILED.

  • epinz

    I dnt think ever. But they def the best duo out right now! Well them and little brother!

  • Maztuhmind

    duos that murder clipse:

    1. outkast
    2. epmd
    3. ugk
    4. mobb deep
    5. blackstar

  • epinz

    And if ATCQ is considered a duo, then they’re the best!

    • DETRIOT

      yea, tribe is EASILY top 3 if you consider them a duo. i don’t tho, cuz there were 3 of them (4 with cons), and for most of their careers tip rapped way more than phife. but yea, tribe IS THE SHIT! ONE OF THE BEST EVER!

  • no hate

    I like to see people with confidence, but this is just ridiculous. EPMD, Gangstarr, Eric B and Rakim, UGK, Mobb Deep, Eightball & MJG, not to mention Outkast. Ill Al Scratch? LOL

  • Jimbo

    I think everyone else has covered it. There is no way they are better than such duos as OutKast, Mobb Deep, UGK, Black Star, EPMD, etc.

    Why do rappers make such comments about being the best lightly? People take those comments seriously.

  • http://pimpinpens.blogspot.com enzo

    outkast
    run dmc
    rae & ghost
    ugk
    ball & g
    mobb deep
    epmd
    gangstarr
    eric b & rakim
    all better than these foolios

  • 6099

    IS THESE NIGGAS SERIOUS HOW COULD THEY DIS KAST LIKE THAT I FUCKS WIT CLIPSE BUT THE BEST DUO EVER NOOOOOO! BUDDY BACK THE FUCK UP OUTKAST ALL DAY DRE 3000 IS ONE OF THE TOP FIVE BEST RAPPERS AND ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED AND MUSICALLY GIFTED ARTIST EVER IN HIP HOP AND RAP HISTORY PERIOD.

  • http://bones_42@hotmail.com Doobie42

    these niggas ain’t even top 10 for best duo’s. AND I’M A CLIPSE FAN

  • mick

    gangstarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    pete rock and cl smoothhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • http://xxl All Dae

    Clipes should also claim most delusional duo and most coked up while talking duo.

    The other comments on here sums it up. Clipes is good but need to come a ways before they surpass….I don’t know….Mobb Deep and Outkast.

    I think Hell Hath No Fury is classic material but the best eva? Hell naw…

    The fact they revealed they don’t serve and make up shit in their rhymes made em suspect with out talkin out they azz…

  • giantstepp

    When you surround yourself with weed carriers, yes men and groupies constantly gassing you up you start to get an unrealistic view of yourself that boarders dulisional. The Clipse are NOT the best duo of all time and nowhere near it for that matter.

  • BeerGangsta

    Clipse holding Virginia Beach down! The first CD they made granteed classic. Then Neptunes start making a lot of bullshit music after that. Pusha T is the Realist out of the click. Pusha T should have made a lot of CDS by hisself. Malica is cool.

  • gkid12345

    These corn balls think they the best duo? What about Mobb Deep, Outkast, UGK? LMAO keep dreaming

  • DETROIT

    i’ll say this, the clipse are a very good duo. if they think that they are the best, then it’s cool, if you don’t believe in yourself then nobody else will. no one was calling wayne the best until he said it himself. this is not the same as that gay ass joe budden shit. they’re not saying that they are better than any specific group, therefore they are not disrespecting anyone. this is just a lil self promo!

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE!!!!! CLIPSE IS THE SHIT….. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT……BUT OUTKAST, OUTKAST, OUTKAST……… ENOUGH SAID….

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “AQUEMINI” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP)

  • Bama Boi

    deez niggas must be snortin sum blow if they think dey da best duo!!! not even in da top 5..outkast is da best duo EVER!!! a

  • brand-new

    sorry people, run-dmc inspired every duo in hip-hop, they are the kings of that throne!

    • FLOSS

      DAMN IM MAD LATE TODAY MY FAULT, WHATS GOOD TO THE COMMISSION THO ALL YA’LL NIGGAS I FUCKS WIT YOU DUDES (PAWSE) I AGREE WIT MOST OF YOUR COMMENTS SOMETIMES AND I DIG PARIS CHOICE IN MUSIC , AND NAH I THINK THE CLISPSE IS REACHING REAL TUFF SHIT I WOULD PUT OUTKAST OR UGK AGAINST ANYBODY.

  • hippa>>hoppa

    #2 try
    i say there should b a clipse, outkast, rae&ghost, meth&red battle televised for dominance of the illest rap duo of tha 21st century…with rakim, epmd, m.o.p, bun B, run and dmc(if he up for it) to judge.. that would be like an orgasm for hip hop…(pause)

  • THOUSANDNAIRE

    dogg food by dogg pound might be better….but they fell off after that. but as I can see this is a east coast site I see.

    • MistaSkuggz

      I don’t think the majority of these cats is eastcoast. Too much respect for UGK for that to be the case. The Clipse is dope though! Just not the greatest. Neither are those Mobb Deep niggas. How many niggas can you kill in one verse?

      Outkast (No contest)
      Field Mob (Fuck Career Accomplishments)
      Red & Meth (Yep! With only 2 Albums)
      Luniz (Gotta’ be from The Town to know this)
      UGK (Could be above Luniz out of respect)
      Bad Nfluence (Town Bizness Again)

  • http://thisis50.com/impecable impecable

    fuck the clipse im fr0m new yawk n dnt even like these dudes t0 me the best du0 iz m0bb deep or red n meth n0t the clipse or outkast ,outkast they cool but i jus feel like m0bb deep ben in the game 4 a h0t minute n ben h0oldin it d0wn 4 the east c0ast f0r yearsss

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  • Rex Banner

    I don’t agree with them even though I am a huge Clipse fan but what do you want them to say? We are the ninth best duo ever? Fuck that, if they feel they are the best, I don’t have a problem with that. A lot of you guys are taking this too seriously.

  • yuss

    1. Daz & Kurupt (DPG)
    2. Yuk & Num (luniz)
    3. Ison & Fille

  • marz

    OUTKAST
    BLACKSTAR

  • wtf

    UGK 4 lyfe fuck clipse

  • Jhon da Analyst

    What qualifies for a true duo?? 2 Emcees or 1 MC and a DJ. Clarification has to be made on this issue. Thus, RUN DMC would be disqualified cause of JMJ. EPMD had DJ K La Boss and DJ Scratch. Does anyone understand where I’m going with this???

    • RonTucker

      IMO a duo is 2 MC’s. Having a DJ or producer in the group should not be a disqualifying factor. With that being said….

      1.) Run-DMC
      2.) ATCQ
      2.) EPMD
      2.) Outkast
      5.) UGK
      6.) Mobb Deep
      7.) Rae & Ghost
      8.) Dogg Pound
      9.) Ball & G
      10.)BlackStar

      Very Honorable Mention: Field Mob (The world slept….)

      Sorry Clipse. I’m from 7 Cities and a big fan but ya’ll are gassed….

  • HERM

    Man, I’d love to see that show. Not much better than hip hop and sneakers!

  • RonTucker

    Another honorable mention to Tha Liks. E-Swift rhymed occassionally but it was mostly Tash and J-Ro holding down mic duties. Much Respect to the oft-forgotten soldiers…

  • FORTY

    Yo Clipse! much respect to yall niggaz man…Look I’m from the 7 Cities! Now if yall niggas said yall were the best rap duo right now I would have been like, coo! Even if yall would have said yall one of the best rap duo’s that would have been coo! to; but to say yall the best ever…naw brah! that’s not gone fly…Outkast crused it back in the day along with mobb deep….but hey, you got the right to claim yourselves the best…Shit T.I. claimed himself “THE KING OF THE SOUTH”

  • balaramesh

    i am a huge clipse fan. not better than outkast.

    *** they are the best duo right now putting out music****

  • twist

    i dont see BLACK STAR showing up enough on these comments

    and what about T-WANYE?

    jk

  • http://niqmusic.com Colron

    mobb deep alll day

  • Rah

    I would say I’m the biggest Clipse Fan ever and not to sound like a dick rider but I honestly believe they ARE the best duo ever. Im going to take into account that they came out on da scene i think in 97′ with Exclusive audio footage. They been in da game for well over 10 years. Its not like they some new jacks spittin dumb shit. With that being said, They are lyrically on another level (especially when rapping about drugs) Lets be honest…most rappers talk about drugs to me they all sound the same and thats where the clipse set themselves apart. Methaphors, similies, double entondres all that shit. Lord willin is a classic and so is hell hath no fury. and even though this has nothing to do with their lyrical ability but they have their own clothing line “play cloths” is hot. nobody is lookin for clothes by mobb depp, def not m.o.p, or meth and red, and not outkast.