Despite recent evidence regarding a new Clipse album, rappers are notoriously worse than politicians when it comes to fabricating the truth so let's take that with a liberal pinch of salt. When you see Pusha T's interview with DJ Heat, he's like a five-year-old caught with his cheeky mug covered in cake (not a drug reference, which it should be, considering). The self-proclaimed "Black Zach De La Rocha" is quite clearly backtracking on an earlier decision to re-post pictures of himself complete with long time fraternal collaborator, No Malice, under the caption "It's Coming". As far as I'm concerned this has put the likelihood of a future project beyond reasonable doubt.

So why should anyone care if some rap bloke and some reformed Christian want to make another album together? Here's why:

They made Pharrell cool.

You better believe it. Before Mr. Williams became a fashion mogul that smacked the Disney out of Justin & Britney, produced 43% of all hits played on US radio and even (regrettably) made misogyny "cool" by co-signing Robin Thicke, he was part of a cheesy rap duo call Surrounded By Idiots. Granted they were gifted, but it was his affiliation with Clipse on 1999's Exclusive Audio Footage which propelled him into the spotlight. Even Kanye subscribes to the view that you got your "whole lifestyle from Pusha T" and you're all "culture vultures". How uncouth.


This track alone is enough to believe that whenever Clipse and The Neptunes hook up, shit goes down. If you never recreated this beat using your school dinner tables and a selection of cutlery, then you're either too young or you frequented a school where a new "colour" on your tie was awarded for pretty much everything from the slaying of a fox to successfully ridiculing a pauper. Or maybe you just don't like fun.

They've never put a foot wrong.

I double dare you to name an average Clipse song. Sure, "coke-rap" is not to everyone's taste, but as a gut-wrenchingly detailed, devastatingly stoic tale of two brothers making it out of the shitty situation life put them in, it is unparalleled. If you can't see past the impeccably delivered braggadocio and transcendent capacity for wordplay, then print off some Pusha and read it till the strings pulling on your heart have snapped.

The whole crew is on form.

Pusha essentially released two albums last year, one of which topped every other hip hop AOTW list, the other was a "mixtape" which surpassed the majority of the other albums that dropped. In his own words, "I believe there's a God above me, I'm just the God of everything else." As for the Neptunes, not only did they produce almost every R&B song you liked on the radio in the naughties, but they were behind the two best selling singles of 2013 and Pharrell shot a 24 hour video which statistically must have taken 24,000 hours to make. No Malice, well yes his solo effort sold like Budgens rollmops but if he says that he's "much better lyrically, than Malice" then I believe him. He's got the cathartic gospel vibes off his chest and now there's fire in his belly, because nothing will push you harder than your little brother wiping the floor with your album sales. Game on.

Hip-Hop needs more duos.

Outkast, Mobb Deep, GangStarr, Eric B & Rakim, what happened to all the great rap couples? (Oh wait, remove the first two chaps). Now it seems like you need a whole posse of distinctly average MCs behind the one talent that actually deserves the limelight. The chemistry built up with your significant other can really make a 1+1=3 scenario, as opposed to the current trend of making a hood hit before everyone shits spits all over the remix. Do you realise how extraordinary it is when two rappers have a lyrical mud wrestle, interpolating their compadre's style and finishing each other's lines? When I first heard 'Gimme the Loot' I looped it for the rest of the day and robbed a bank. That is how good it is.

Hopefully you now agree how important this album is. If you need any more convincing, well, hip-hop is undoubtedly in the best place it's been since the nineties. The proliferation of beat-making software combined with the ability to distribute your work instantly to millions has meant that artists get free exposure, with many attaining more success from a mixtape than an otherwise expensive album. Consequently the bar has never been set higher; would you dare to suggest that the perfectionists behind Clipse aren't up to the challenge? I certainly wouldn't.