The brothers from Virginia sit down for a chat about the dark period that was their sophomore album. Pusha T, real name Terrence Thornton, knows exactly where Hell Hath No Fury ranks in his mind. “We had the album of the year,” Pusha says. “It was a landslide. It was too vivid. The realest hip-hop album ever made.” Coming off the success of their debut studio album Lord Willin’ in 2002, Pusha and his brother Malice (real name Gene Thornton Jr., who changed his name to No Malice in 2012) got tangled up in the politics of the music industry.
Arista Records, which released their debut album, dissolved into Jive, and the label prioritized other music acts over them, eventually forcing the duo to request a release from their contract. A lawsuit was filed by the brothers that was eventually settled in 2006. In November of that year, after several mixtape projects in between, Hell Hath No Fury was finally released through the group’s own label Re-Up Records, along with Jive.
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