[overlooked and Underrated]
C L P P N G
Clipping. Is an experimental rap trio consisting of rapper, Daveed Diggs and producers, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes. They’re well known for their politically charged lyrics and abrasive production that implements elements of power electronics, harsh / rhythmic noise, and industrial music.
After the success of Clipping.’s debut mixtape, “Midcity”, they were signed by “Sub Pop” records and subsequently they released their debut album, “CLPPNG”. This album featured much more focused lyricism and production as well as featuring some absolute fucking bangers.
Some highlights include:
The opener, “intro” immediately hits the listener with a laser quick flow, political lyrics, and abrasive production. The minimal production really lets Diggs shine. When Daveed Diggs finally recites the iconic lines “It’s Clipping., Bitch!” and the mix fills with explosive harsh noise, it feels like being hit with a freight train.
The second track, “Body & Blood” is a headbanging banger that features lyrics describing a murderous, canabal femme fatale. The lyrics remind me of a 70s exploitation film or a gritty pulp novel. It’s definitely my favorite track they’ve ever put out. “Work Work” features one of the most hypnotising instrumentals on the album. It features a collection of strange percussion samples that bounce across the mix in a chaotic, yet controlled fashion. “Summertime” is a highlight that features excellent verses from both Diggs and King T. The beat is very strange and groovy. “Get Up” geniusly utilizes an clock alarm as the beat. It blew my mind the first time I heard the way they rework the alarm sample once the hook comes in. “Inside Out” explains how commonplace violence can become in poor communities and features some of Diggs best lyrics on the album. The beat is excellently strange and hard-hitting. “Story 2” features some fantastic storytelling and has one of the most incredible beats on the project. The intoxicating instrumental continuously switches time signatures and progressively intensifies as danger increases for our main character.
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