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Congratulations to clipping. on their signing to Sub Pop!

Rather than beats, clipping. use harsh noise and musique concrète to construct their tracks. This is not an exercise in anti-music. It just is rap. A return to a philosophy popularized by Bomb Squad’s production for Public Enemy: to make music that sounds as threatening as the the environments we live in. With tracks crafted by experienced minimalist noise artist William Hutson (Rale) and film soundtrack composer Jonathan Snipes (ex-Captain Ahab), they are not only capturing this level of threat and agitation, but also the cinematic barrenness of sprawling cement, fields of litter, and endless trees with every branch chopped off and painted black. Front man Daveed Diggs is not just quick with his words, but incredibly precise. He brings out the rhythm of the seemingly rhythmless. He punctuates melodies made out of negative space. Yes, they know about noise. But this is hip hop.


“The truth: Ladies and gentlemen, the first necessary album of 2013 is upon us.” – Guardian UK

“clipping cuts quick-slung lines across swaths of destroyed digital noise that’s guaranteed to redline your sound system.” – NPR

“clipping’s style may take a lot of cues from noise music, but the subtle, quiet approach they’ve got presents some new possibilities.” – The Needle Drop

“This is as raw as boom-bap gets, y’all” – Potholes In My Blog

“Where Rat King is built from the haunted past of no wave New York, Clipping seeks a similar kinship in LA’s lingering, but often under-appreciated noise scene.” – Impose Magazine

“Clipping MC Daveed Diggs spits at a rapid-fire pace, revving up his flow toward the end of the song without letting out something resembling a scream.” – Chicago Reader

“8/10″The Needle Drop

“LOUD” premiere at Vice/Noisey (Vimeo)
“Bullshit” premiere at Spin (Vimeo)
“bout.that” premiere at Spin (Vimeo)

clipping. “Midcity”


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For inquiries regarding clipping.’s album on Sub Pop, please contact: Frank Nieto & Bekah Zietz / Sub Pop Records /

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