No Malice, the rapper who left the music industry to follow God after forming the well-known Clipse rap duo with his brother Pusha T, recently described what inspired him to follow Jesus instead of hip-hop.
No Malice, born Gene Thorton, changed his name from "Malice" when he decided to make Jesus Christ a priority in his life. The rapper once built his career with Clipse albums like "Lord Willin," "Hell Hath No Fury" and "Till The Casket Drops" where he and Pusha T rhymed about selling drugs and street life.
However, No Malice recently told The Urban Daily that he had a revelation to change his life after his friend and former manager Anthony Gonzalez was given a 32-year prison sentence for drug trafficking. The rapper said that this incident helped him lean more on his Christian faith and away from making secular music.
"When I saw my manager, entourage, friends, get indicted and go to jail for a long period of time and when I look at the families that were destroyed behind it as we celebrated things that were unsavory. And sometimes when it's not in your face, you don't have to think about it," No Malice told The Urban Daily. "So by the time it came back and bit us… I could only imagine the hundreds of thousands of other people who were affected from the celebratory music that we were putting out. Now don't get me wrong, our music is a very genuine [but] I think it's very possible that we made it look too good."
The rapper said he decided to make a transformation to his Christian faith a priority.
"What I want to say about my transformation… it's in the public eye. You've seen this happen. I'm standing outside of myself witnessing it just as well as the rest of the world," he told The Urban Daily. "What you see is genuine, it's not a gimmick. People want to know what's going on with me; do I do Christian rap or am I doing gospel music, and to that I would probably say no. But I make it very clear that I love Jesus Christ."
While No Malice's brother has yet to move away from making secular music, the new-found Christian said he would support his sibling.
"Well, we have no choice but to co-exist because that is my mama's son. That is my brother that I love very much and we definitely support each other," No Malice told The Urban Daily. "I don't expect anyone to arrive at the same conclusion at the same time. Where he is at, we both were in that place so I see it and I understand it."