3 years of record label drama either sinks an artist, or propels them to new heights. Stand forward, the Clipse...
Hell Hath No Fury is a classic album from the Clipse - their rhymes are on point every verse, the Neptunes production is excellent from start to finish, and the replay value is endless.
From an MC's point of view, their wordplay is not magnificent (when compared to Nas, for example) but the variety of flows they kick makes it truly interesting. The subject matter (drugs, girls, money) is nothing new, but somehow they manage to find a different viewpoint - such as the song Dirty Money, which recognises the ambivolent nature of enjoying the finer things that illegally-obtained money can buy.
There are few stand-out tracks - simply because the album is so consistent throughout - but those particularly worthy of mention include Trill, Mr Me Too, Wamp Wamp, Ridin Round Shining, and Nightmares.
This is an outstanding album, and unless Nas can outshine them on Hip Hop is Dead, then the Clipse have made Hell Hath No Fury the best hip hop LP of 2006.