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clipping. - "Get Up" (Video)

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West Coast experimental hip hop trio clipping. drop a video for the track "Get Up," which features one of the strangest instrumentals on their latest album, CLPPNG. The bars aren't anything to shrug at either as Daveed Diggs delivers one rapid fire line after another.

However, we're talking about a video here: Co-directors Carlos Lopez Estrada and Cristina Bercovitz bring this vid a simple but very effective concept. There's an eerie, red glow that pulsates behind Diggs' stiff, lifeless body. On the hook, we get these blindingly bright close-ups that look like he's about to be taken away to Heaven or something. The assumption that he's on death's door is backed up by what seems to be a bleeding bullet wound that becomes more obvious as the video progresses.

clipping. - "something they don't know" ft. sb the moor, nocando, and open mike eagle

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West Coast industrial hip hop trio clipping. just dropped a new single that features verses from Signor Benedick the Moor, Nocando, and Open Mike Eagle. Hellfyre Club continues to make noise!!!

You can grab this track for free via the group's Bandcamp. I'm gonna embed the b-side to this single below, too.

After the release of Midcity and clppng., I was left wondering where these guys can go next, and it turns out that a great single with even greater features was the answer.

Not only is the instrumental on here insane, loaded with broken piano and Ol' Dirty Bastard samples, but I'm loving Daveed Diggs going toe-to-toe with some of the best voices in the West Coast's underground right now.

clipping. - "Inside Out"

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Between "Body & Blood," "Story 2," and "Work Work," West Coast experimental hip hop trio clipping. has been dropping some pretty intense and odd music videos. "Inside Out" is one of the strangest of them thus far, featuring a headless figure walking through a series of nocturnal, urban settings. As the lyrics of Daveed Diggs quickly roll against the track's glitchy beat, many of the objects referenced in Diggs' lyrics rise up through the hole where this figure's head should be. Hilarious concept, fun to watch.

Check out my extremely positive review of clipping.'s new album right here.

clipping. - "Body & Blood" [NSFW]

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I don't think y'all have to hear any more about our love of clipping.'s debut album CLPPNG. But it's worth mentioning that we're digging the trio's visual direction about as much as the music. The video for lead single "Work Work" was brilliantly blunt, depicting a curb stomp in progress. And now with the video for "Body & Blood," I'm inclined to let the images speak for themselves. clipping. and director Patrick Kennelly capture some striking aspects of the human form - the men and women here, with their impressive physiques, are framed as though they're titans right out of Greek mythology...who've found themselves placed in a body horror flick. Given the lyrical (and I suppose sonic) content of the track, you've probably already assumed this video is NSFW. You're correct: there's male and female nudity and suggested torture. CLPPNG officially dropped yesterday via Sub Pop.

clipping. - "Work Work"

New MusictheneedledropComment clipping. is sounding pretty polished on "Work Work," the lead single from their Sub Pop and studio debut clppng. The harsh noise elements of Midcity are all but gone, but the trio is progressing and maintaining their identity as one of hip hop's most forward-thinking outfits magnificently.

While the song sports some club-centric synth work and clipping. has clearly placed a greater emphasis on their hooks, the track's instrumental is nevertheless incredibly inventive. According to Rolling Stone, the beat was "made by rolling a ball-bearing in a metal Thermos, smashing cinder blocks, and crumpling a beer can." And on the flow front, all of the electricity of the Midcity-and-prior work is preserved - hell, it might just be turned up! The outlook for the group's debut is extremely promising.

clppng is due out June 10 via Sub Pop. A reminder we absolutely loved the aural assault of  Midcity last year: