Critically acclaimed coke-rap twin act the Clipse hit a major snag in 2009, when Thornton brothers Malice and Pusha T's one-time manager, Anthony Gonzalez, plus a host of their friends, got swept up by a police investigation into a multi-million-dollar drug ring. Pusha appeared to take it in stride, sliding effortlessly into Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music machine, but Malice descended into an extended sabbatical from rap, which we've since learned was spent nurturing a burgeoning commitment to evangelical Christianity. The new full-length, Hear Ye Him, marks the rechristened No Malice's return to hip-hop. But where his output in the Clipse trafficked in grandiose Pyrex dreams, this new material is charged with a resolute focus on leaving all that behind.It's a pity that the result here is often crotchety sloganeering designed to set him at loggerheads with popular hip-hop culture.