Hell Hath No Fury (Clipse album)
|Hell Hath No Fury|
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|Released||November 28, 2006|
|Recorded||Late 2003 - 2006|
|Singles from Hell Hath No Fury|
Hell Hath No Fury is the second studio album by hip hop duo Clipse. The album was released on November 28, 2006 in the United States, on Re-Up, Star Trak and Jive. Recording sessions for the album took place over a period of several years, and suffered numerous delays prior to release. Production was handled by The Neptunes.
Following the release of their debut studio album, Lord Willin', The Clipse began working on the album in late 2003, but were forced to delay development when several artists signed to Arista were dissolved into sister label Jive, as part of a larger merger between Sony and BMG. This resulted in Star Trak moving to Interscope, signing a new distribution deal. Due to contractual requirements, The Clipse were forced to remain with Jive. Upon completion of the album, the duo became increasingly frustrated with the label, as Jive was in favor of more pop-oriented acts. The Clipse eventually requested a formal release from their contract with the label, which was denied. The Clipse then sued Jive, eventually reaching a settlement on May 9, 2006.
Hell Hath No Fury landed at #14 on the Billboard 200 with over 80,000 copies sold in the very 1st week. Two singles were released prior to the album, "Mr. Me Too" and "Wamp Wamp (What It Do)", both of which attained moderate chart success.
The material on Hell Hath No Fury is of a much darker tone than Clipse's debut album due to the group's problematic relationship with Jive Records. From an interview with AllHipHop, in July 2006:
We were ready to get into the thick of things with the success of the first album … the songs we had done were really hot, but at that point in time we were in a different place, we were happier. Time passed, and we saw it was a big hold up, and the momentum, the people that waited for us, we took too long. We couldn't dare come out in the same mind frame as we did in Lord Willin' - so, now we mad, we angry, we pissed the fuck off.
The group stated in a 2007 interview with Urb Magazine that, sonically, some of The Neptunes' production approach was an agreed stab at revising the textures of experimental 1980s Hip Hop such as Mantronix.
Clipse began recording the album in late 2003. Work on the album was halted in 2004, when Arista Records—their label at the time—was dissolved into its sister label Jive Records, as part of a larger merger between Sony Music Entertainment and BMG. Because of contractual issues, the group was forced to stay with Jive.
While Clipse resumed work on the album, its release was delayed by Jive throughout the rest of 2004 and much of 2005. Additional delays resulted when Clipse sued Jive after the label refused to grant the group a release from its contract. These legal issues would not be resolved until May 2006. Further delays pushed the August 29 release date to October 31 and then November 28.
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On Metacritic, Hell Hath No Fury holds a score of 89 out of 100, based on 29 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". The album was ranked first on Prefix magazine's "Best Albums of 2006" and number nine on Blender magazine's "The 50 Greatest CDs of 2006". Pitchfork ranked the song "Trill" at number six in "The Top 100 Tracks of 2006". The album was the sixth in the history of XXL magazine to receive a "XXL" rating. The Sunday Times, which ranked it fourth in its list of the best pop and rock records of 2007, called it a "claustrophobically edgy account of drug-dealing and paranoia, whipped up by The Neptunes into a storm of sonic inventiveness no other hip-hop release in 2007 came close to matching." Pitchfork placed the album at #7 for the best of the year in 2006 and at #52 on the list of the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s (decade), one of the highest rankings for a rap album.
All tracks produced by The Neptunes.
|1.||"We Got It for Cheap (Intro)"||3:41|
|2.||"Momma I'm So Sorry"||3:57|
|3.||"Mr. Me Too" (featuring Pharrell Williams)||3:41|
|4.||"Wamp Wamp (What It Do)" (featuring Slim Thug)||4:00|
|5.||"Ride Around Shining" (featuring Ab-Liva)||3:56|
|7.||"Hello New World"||4:12|
|8.||"Keys Open Doors"||3:19|
|9.||"Ain't Cha" (featuring Re-Up Gang)||4:42|
|11.||"Chinese New Year" (featuring Roscoe P. Coldchain)||3:54|
|12.||"Nightmares" (featuring Bilal and Pharrell Williams)||4:50|
- "Momma I'm So Sorry" features background vocals by Pharrell Williams.
- "Dirty Money" features background vocals by Pharrell Williams.
- "Hello New World" features background vocals by Pharrell Williams.
- "Trill" features background vocals by Pharrell Williams.
- "Chinese New Year" features background vocals by Pharrell Williams.
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