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Malice Of The Clipse Inspires Paul Brinson Of Da Groove TV Show
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Malice Of The Clipse Inspires Paul Brinson Of Da Groove TV Show

Most people don’t realize that I was raised in Virginia Beach, Va. I went to Brandon Jr. High and graduated from Green Run High School in 1989. Walking the halls as a senior, I always had a feeling my schoolmates and I were destined for something great in life.

We were taught to dream big and reach for the moon and if we fell short we would land on a star. Now twenty years later, one of my classmates has attained a successful career in the entertainment business. I recently had a conversation with Gene Thornton which sent chills down my body.

I was making dinner for my family and I got a call from Gene “Malice” Thornton to confirm the day and time I would be filming him. I’m currently Exec. Producer/Creator of a TV show called Connected Music Group presents “Da Groove”. Malice ½ of the rap duo The Clipse has travelled the world and is known to many across the world as “The Pattycake Man”.

I remember like it was yesterday how I was a college dropout, working a dead end job at The Olive Garden when I came home and turned on MTV and saw my friend and his brother performing their song called “The Funeral”. A feeling of joy overtook my body watching them perform on MTV.

I took a deep breath, my heart pumped fast and from that moment I KNEW I could reach my dreams. In our high school years we both belonged to a gang called D.D.P. We both could have ended up in jail or death because of our affiliation of D.D.P.

Gene was living proof to me, he was real to me, and he is somebody that I actually knew. “If he can make it, I can make it,” I thought. He inspired me, plain and simple... I must be honest and give props where props are due. I knew I needed to follow my dreams until they became reality.

Motivation was injected into my soul; my energy level was boosted because I knew I had to make a big change in the way I was living. His career started around 1992 and now it is almost fall 2011. I listened with care as he shared some very personal stories with me that are in his new book. “Wretched, Pitiful, poor, blind and naked is not to be taken lightly.

Gene is keeping it as real as his rhymes in the book, because his book is authentic. He told me he knows God is real and that he is not going to become a Christian rapper. I’m very proud of Malice because of his accomplishments but today I’m even happier for my friend Gene Thornton!


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Wow cool article! I'm a big fan of Malice, or No Malice as he calls himself now. I'm excited for his new cd.

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