A new film, The End of Malice, shares the untold story of hip-hop star and former Clipse member Gene Thornton’s journey from “Malice” to “No Malice.”

Featuring insightful commentary from No Malice’s brother and fellow Clipse member, Pusha T, as well as his close friend, Pharrell Williams, The End of Malice is a 40-minute intoxicating, first-person narrative of an extraordinary artist confronting the dualities of fame and family, success in the dope game and the demanding world of mainstream music.

In 2002, the brother duo Clipse dropped like a bomb on the music scene, reverberating out of Virginia Beach with an undeniable swagger as they cleverly spit rhymes about the dope game over hard-hitting beats from The Neptunes’ super producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.

The Thorntons quickly rose to prominent fame as a hip-hop subgenre was born — coke-rap — and brothers Malice and Pusha T were the centerpieces in a storm of sudden stardom. Their first album, Lord Willin’, opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-hop Album chart-, and the duo quickly found themselves collaborating and touring with major acts including Pharrell, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake.

“There’s no college course for dealing with fame and success,” Pharrell said in The End of Malice. “But when you’re given a cocktail like that … you’re supposed to sip slow.”

But despite the tremendous success No Malice achieved, he was left questioning the significance and value of his pursuits in the music industry.

“I was always frustrated, always angry and I didn’t know why,” No Malice said. “If I’d never had money I would have thought my anger stemmed from being broke. But now I had money and tons of it and still was not fulfilled. I had a deep void in my life.”

Just as the group reached the pinnacle of success in 2010, a breaking point occurred and Malice chose to leave it all, professionally separating from his brother to begin a new chapter in his music and forever be known as “No Malice.”

The End of Malice explores No Malice’s motives, future and music. The film transcends its subject matter and openly deals with subjects that have consumed mainstream culture.

“I don’t regret the music or the catalog of my group, but that’s only because it has given me a place to not only tell part of the truth but to tell the entire story,” No Malice said.

The End of Malice is a collaboration of Second Films and Ditoremayo Entertainment. A 16-city film tour from Feb. 15 through March 10 will allow select audiences to preview the film and take part in a Q&A and meet-and-greet session with No Malice.

Tour Schedule:

  • Feb. 15 – Evansville, Indiana
  • Feb. 16 – Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb. 17 – St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb. 18 – Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb. 22 – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb. 23 – Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb. 24 – Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb. 25 – Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb. 29 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • March 1 – Newark, New Jersey
  • March 2 – New York, New York
  • March 3 – Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • March 7 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • March 8 – Dallas, Texas
  • March 9 – Houston, Texas
  • March 10 – Los Angeles, California

Rapzilla will host the Houston screening on the The End of Malice tour. Purchase tickets here.

The End of Malice will receive its worldwide television premiere on REVOLT TV on Sunday, March 27, 2016.

For more information about The End of Malice, including tour dates and ticket information, visit the film’s official website.