April Film Review: The End of Malice

This documentary is a 1st person narrative from Gene “No Malice” Thornton, Jr. himself. Released in 2016 the Netflix documentary shares the human side of the Hip Hop emcee and takes the audience into the daily moral struggles that most Rappers deal with daily. Thornton a native of Norfolk, Virginia talks about his rise to fame alongside his brother Terrance “Pusha T” Thornton as the legendary Hip Hop duo, The Clipse. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? That very statement is the context of the entire film. With video from the last shows where No Malice and Pusha T performed as The Clipse the emcee details his feelings from moments on stage as well as what happens before and after a concert. The doc features Pharrell, Fam-Lay, and Pusha T respectively. Giving their point of view on the changes that they saw in No Malice as he began discovering himself as a child of Christ.

The editing on the documentary was excellent. We were able to see No Malice and his brother Push play a pickup game of basketball and we learned which brother Pusha thinks is the better Emcee. The film finds Gene spitting game to a group of young guys at the park after they play ball. The young men were engaged but it was unsure if they were truly absorbing the game No Malice was trying to put them on to. The film takes us on a journey from start to finish about the personal choices he made in his career that effected his marriage and family life. As we all know when most people are about to make a change in their life something usually happens and in this case a very close friend of his was arrested and is currently incarcerated. Gene credits his choice to stop smoking, drinking, and giving into vices for not being arrested along with his good friend.

We get to see the changes No Malice has made in his life and how those changes have affected his life. Gene talks about whether or not he’d ever Rap again and the possibility of a Clipse reunion. This is a great film if you want to see what really goes through a Rapper’s mind when they are sitting in the club or attacked by paparazzi. It might seem like your favorite Rapper has no qualms or concerns but that is the face they have to wear when they are doing their job. This is where a lot of Rappers may experience depression or anxiety possibly resulting in a mental illness or worse. The End of Malice is a great documentary that I encourage everyone to watch especially those that want to become a Rapper or an Emcee.

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