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CLPPNG

clipping. - 2014

Review: I was not a fan of experimental hip-hop group clipping.'s first mixtape, midcity. it seemed rushed, a bunch of noise instrumentals with a rapper overtop of them. So when I heard clipping.'s new record, CLPPNG, had leaked in April, I was hesitant to check it out. After reading some fan reviews however, I decided that I should give the band another chance. I've never been luckier. Instead of carrying on with the harsh noise that cluttered midcity, clipping. took a direction that was much more interesting, as well as far superior: they took the sounds of radio hip-hop and bent them into a strange, yet accessible format. "Work Work" sounds like the work of a satanic DJ Mustard; "Dream" recalls the shoegazy production style of Clams Casino. The group still experiments heavily on some tracks (the only sounds on "Get Up" are harmonized alarm clocks, a track that is as annoying as it is captivating) but it's MC Daveed Diggs who brings the album from an art-rap experiment to a true powerhouse. He's a better rapper then ever before, his flows triple-timed, and he explores dark themes throughout the album. Diggs' highlight performance is "Story 2", where he effortlessly tells the story of a closeted former anarchist who watches his house and child burn in front of his own eyes. CLPPNG isn't just another record from the blossoming underground of Death Grips ripoffs. It's a study in popular music, and how it can be manipulated into forms that are both challenging and accessible at the same time.
 
Listen To: Story 2
 
GENRES: EXPERIMENTAL HIP-HOP, NOISE RAP, POP RAP

Posted by Michael Di Gennaro

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I've got this one and Midcity. I find that I want them to be something that the aren't. I like when they get hyper-experimental, but that's only half of the time. Some of the tracks show great promise though. I love the track with the alarm sound.

Posted over 4 years ago by TambegifTambe

Posted: 01/02/2015

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