As one half of the critically acclaimed rap duo the Clipse, Malice made a name for himself as a coke-pushing rapper alongside his brother and and GOOD Music artist Pusha T.
Nowadays, Malice goes by his government, Gene Elliott Thornton, and is focused more on finding God and being an entrepreneur with a new book out. The rapper-turned-author chatted with BlackEnterprise.com about his new direction in life and his autobiography, Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked.
On Finding Religion:
I realized I was in depression—just never being satisfied, always wanting and searching and looking for the next big pie, but never being able to reach it. It’s like you can see it and just like when you’re about to achieve it it’s snatched away from you so you go at it again and you just keep going and you keep going and I’ve come to learn that the flesh doesn’t mean anyone well. The flesh is definitely out to destroy you. It never says, “Hey, that’s enough.” It never says, “Cool it, you’ve done enough for right now. We’ll wait for tomorrow and do something different…” Nah, the flesh is a train that never stops and it just keeps going and keeps going and keeps saying, “More, more, and more.” It’s the spirit that tells you what’s right and what’s wrong. Your conscious talks to you all the time and that definitely means you well. It just depends on which one you want to obey and which one you choose to listen to. Without a shadow of a doubt I know who saved my life. It was Jesus Christ.
On His Book Vignettes:
This is one of the things that a lot of people don’t know, but all of my video blogs are all true stories. All of those things actually happened as I documented them, so if you found the video blogs to be intriguing, compelling or interesting in any way they’re even more because they’re true… Everybody knows it really happened and I think that’s what makes it so unique, because they’re true. It wasn’t me trying to come up with something to entertain someone. If I had to come up with something entertaining the website would’ve never took shape because I wouldn’t have felt like it, but these are things that actually happened, so I recreated them as they happened and put them out and shed light on what happened.
On Thorn10 Publishing:
Thorn10 is just what it is—me! [laughs] People be tripping because they think the book is coming from somewhere else. No, I sent your book to you [laughs]. It’s like we’re an assembly line in this house. I’ll autograph it, my wife will stuff it in the envelope and my son will take it to the post office.
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