Clipping – CLPPNG

Clipping - CLPPNG

Industrial hip-hop is a fascinating amalgamation of albums that totally makes sense in context. Take two genres that are known for aggression and disturbing imagery – industrial music and gangster rap – and push them to their logical extreme. Clipping, like Death Grips and Kanye West on Yeezus, is one of such groups. Power tools and tape glitches substitute for the drum machine; the production is unusually immaculate for two genres known to be loud as balls.1 Daveed Diggs has a spitfire delivery that truly works the game: there are neither stumbles nor slurs in his voice, and it’s honestly impressive. The beats are harrowing at times, as in “Taking Off” and “Dream;” the former’s dry content on survival and death are visceral. CLPPNG may not be as face-punching as Death Grips on NO LOVE DEEP WEB, but its commitment to atmosphere is remarkable.

And then they fuck up. See, the problem with CLPPNG is that it goes too far, passing into the limbo that is Poe’s Law.2 The post-party debauchery of “Tonight” is asinine; the full-album remix of “Williams Mix” is a total mess. “Body & Blood” is a witty, occasionally hilarious deconstruction of hip-hop promiscuity in the perspective of a psycho killer; too bad “Dominoes” is not nearly as clever. Clipping is distracted by the bits they parody, which leads to a solid five tracks that are better left off playlists entirely. “Tonight” starts off as a funny LMFAO-esque bit on party popping, but after the umpteenth repetition of “who you fuckin’ tonight,” Clipping become the stereotype they attempt to deconstruct. Perhaps that’s the point; but if Clipping’s tongue is as far in cheek as when the Beastie Boys fought for their right to party, then they are running into the same problem.

1. Intro – (1:04) – ★★★★★
2. Body & Blood – (4:28) – ★★★★★
3. Work Work – (3:41) – ★★★★☆
4. Summertime – (4:02) – ★★☆☆☆
5. Taking Off – (4:49) – ★★★★★
6. Tonight – (4:35) – ★☆☆☆☆
7. Dream – (5:29) – ★★★☆☆
8. Get Up – (2:55) – ★★★★☆
9. Or Die – (4:05) – ★★★☆☆
10. Inside Out – (3:36) – ★★★☆☆
11. Story 2 – (2:11) – ★★★★★
12. Dominoes – (5:58) – ★★☆☆☆
13. Ends – (5:25) – ★★★★☆
14. Williams Mix – (4:21) – ★☆☆☆☆

Overall: ★★★☆☆

1Ever noticed how loud balls are? No? Well just run with it then.
2… whereby one cannot tell if something is a parody or a sincerely held belief.

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