Clipping
CLPPNG


4.0
excellent

Review

by RivalSkoomaDealer USER (22 Reviews)
June 11th, 2014 | 114 replies


Release Date: 06/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Put simply, CLPPNG is experimentation done right, taking a bold leap toward making experimental hip-hop both accessible and flat out fun.

There is a certain darkness that permeates through modern hip-hop in bolder ways than we’ve previously been exposed to. Production techniques as well as lyricism seem to be moving in a direction past the decadence and materialism that defined the genre and into an aesthetic that is fascinatingly bleak. It is a true mirror for a culture that is spiraling slowly out of control. Some of hip-hop’s most iconic musicians feed this darkness in ways they may not even fully understand. One need only turn on their local rap radio station to understand the state in which hip-hop culture has evolved. Artists like L.A.’s Clipping understand this darkness and choose to harness it in new and interesting ways while still retaining a classic hip-hop vibe in their lyrics. The marriage of the two separates Clipping from the likes of a group like Death Grips who take a more experimental approach to both the vocal qualities and the production.

Clipping’s sophomore LP CLPPNG sees them firing on all cylinders once more. The production is as outlandish as ever but also strangely more accessible than on Midcity. The melodies forged in many of these tracks are catchy as *** and wouldn’t be out of place in the current club scene. Lead single “Work Work” and the next track “Summertime” are both bouncy and danceable, with the former boasting a powerful bass groove and the latter incorporating many unique samples into the mix. “Body and Blood” is set against a backdrop of textured fuzz and pounding drum.

The lyricism by Daveed Diggs on these tracks is often fun and always clever. Whether it’s his chants of “Kill somethin’ girl. Kill somethin’ girl. Eat somethin’ girl. Eat somethin’ girl,” on “Body and Blood” or his hushed whispers on “Dream,” Diggs knows how to hold your attention from the moment he gets behind the mic. Some might complain that Diggs doesn't really have much new to say among all of the other noteworthy emcees in hip-hop right now, but damn can this man spit. The opening bars on "Intro," like so many others on the album, hit with such velocity and force that it's hard to get wrapped up in the lack of fresh perspective. Diggs adds an energy and playfulness to these tracks that make them a joy to listen to.

It is rare that any group can take such unorthodox samples and make them, not only interesting, but also captivating. A clarinet sample on “Taking Off” provides the perfect elevation from being merely a solid track to an exceptional one. The only instrumental used on “Get Up” is of a looping alarm clock sounding beneath Diggs’ relentless raps and R&B guest vocalist Mariel Jacoda’s harmonious singing. It is remarkable how well it works in the mix, creating a minimalistic approach that sets the perfect tempo for the vocals. “Story 2” is an outstanding exercise in rhythm and progression and serves a sequel to “Story” off Midcity. The way in which the synth-line feeds off of Digs’ impeccable flow creates an atmosphere that builds to a crescendo of climactic proportions before the track derails into an abrupt silence. “William’s Mix” ends the album in a torrent of noisy samples that paint the perfect picture of what these guys are all about. The only weak link in the album is the track “Tonight” with its cringe-worthy auto tuned chorus of “Who ***in’ tonight?”. And the guest raps from Gangsta Boo don’t do the song any favors. The song seems to be more satirical of the state of modern hip-hop's rave culture and it speaks to the same darkness that currently pervades rap airwaves.

CLPPNG embraces conventional hip-hop tropes with a flair for instrumental experimentation and manages to emerge as the most immediate album of its kind since The Money Store. One of Clipping’s most admirable qualities is that they are less about self indulgence in their experimentation and more about making the experience as entertaining as possible for the listener. Thus the result provides a satisfaction beyond the fact that the music is “different” for the sake of being different. You could jam this album in almost any setting and under just about any circumstance. Put simply, CLPPNG is experimentation done right, taking a bold leap toward making experimental hip-hop both accessible and flat out fun.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
RivalSkoomaDealer
June 11th 2014


801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's Clipping, bitch.

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/CLPPNG/9727136

Digging: Busdriver - Perfect Hair

tommygun
June 11th 2014


24954 Comments


will read

but like

why are there so many bands these days with vowel phobias

Calc
June 11th 2014


12212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good thing I didn't write a review for this. and i'm glad you mentioned how terrible "tonight" is, fuck that's a bad song.

Digging: Milo - A Toothpaste Suburb

RivalSkoomaDealer
June 11th 2014


801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Compared to the rest of the album, it seems like a practical joke or something.

Calc
June 11th 2014


12212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it really is lol. I feel like the label made them write it or something. then again its sub-pop I dunno if they would do that. oh well good review!

RivalSkoomaDealer
June 11th 2014


801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man. Really really digging this.

oltnabrick
June 11th 2014


30907 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I BE AT THE WAFFLE HOUSE WAITING BABY


FUCK THE REST

Digging: Suicideyear - FACT mix 462

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 11th 2014


13254 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

jammin

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

avonbarksdale221
June 11th 2014


8237 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice rev this sounds sweet

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2014


10211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Tonight" is so cheesy that I can't take it seriously at all. And I think that's the response I'm supposed to have- pay extra special attention to that feature in the track and tell me they're being serious. Tackling misygynistic tropes of the genre one by one

And while I will say the song could have sounded more pleasurable, I fervently believe its cheesiness helps push the message that much more. In any case, good review (and username.) I remember spending time at the Skooma Alley in Oblivion. Take that how you will.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 11th 2014


13254 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tonight is fucking awful and im not sure where i stand on their intentions

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 11th 2014


13254 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dream is my fav so far

RivalSkoomaDealer
June 11th 2014


801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think Story 2 might be my fav off this. That might change in the future though.

Omaha i'll hook you up with Skooma anytime bud. XD And I totally get what you're saying about Tonight's cheesiness, I just wish it had more redeeming qualities to it like maybe a longer verse before that god awful chorus. Idk. I get what they were trying to accomplish with it.



Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2014


10211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dream is actually very reminiscent of Aesop Rock in terms of flow.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 11th 2014


13254 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

never aesop rocked where to start

RivalSkoomaDealer
June 11th 2014


801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I fucking love the clarinets on Taking Off. Takes the track to a whole 'nother level.

Calc
June 11th 2014


12212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"work work" would be easily my fave if that chick wasn't in it. I love how he talks about getting pulled over wit guns and drugs in his car.

Red lights in the distance
You never been to that district they reference
Trunk full of hashish and mescaline
Your mind is a mess and this bitch is undressin'

Mash on the throttle like a G
Put a bottle to your teeth
Say fuck it, you're a free man

Pull over to the side of the street
Keep your hand on the shotty sitting up under the seat or

Let the cop pull you over say something slick
On some Jay-Z 99 Problems type shit

All of the above in your head but
It really doesn't matter cause you already dead

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2014


10211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cole I started off with Skelethon and it worked well, but many people like to start off with Labor Days

gryndstone
June 11th 2014


333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Get Up is so perfect I want an album full of Get Ups

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

chitownflip
June 11th 2014


173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Loved midcity lovin this way more



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