Clipping Research Papers

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Clipping makes the party music for the "club you wish you hadn 't gone to, the car you don’t remember getting in, and the streets you don’t feel safe on." Clipping first bled into the modern rap scene with a twisted combo of radical lyrics and minimalistic production. The trio maintains a fearless approach to hip hop, taking a classic West Coast sound, flipping it, and then distorting it into a warped vision of "twenty different rappers looking into one broken mirror". They stunned audiences with a set at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn a week ago, and have since been confounding critics with their latest EP CLPPING. FDRMX spoke with the trio Daveed Diggs (MC), Jonathon Snipes, and William Hutson to figure out where the music comes from, …show more content…
William says “I believe that’s how we came up with it,” while Jonathon claims the band’s name actually stems from their “shared interest in clipping coupons.” As far as musical influences go, the group may as well create their own Wikipedia article. As producers, Jonathon and William cite some of the “really specific production influences and references on CLPPNG (in no particular order) as: Autechre, Deathpile, Steve Albini, Karma Moffett, Steve Reich, John Cage, Philip Glass, Tangerine Dream, Sickness, Wobbly, Prurient, DJ Mustard, Skinny Puppy, Regis, Mannie Fresh, Dj Paul & Juicy J, Chris Watson, DJ Screw, KLC, Whitehouse, Bernard Parmegiani, Clams Casino, and the list goes on. As for rapping, Daveed counts Prurient, DJ Mustard, Skinny Puppy, Regis, Mannie Fresh, Dj Paul & Juicy J, Chris Watson, DJ Screw, KLC, Pedestrian Deposit, Block Beattaz, Whitehouse, Bernard Parmegiani, Clams Casino as …show more content…
“That’s a question we probably shouldn’t answer even if we could, but I will say that we’re definitely thinking more and more about the long form in upcoming projects… Making sure that pieces belong on an album together, and that the album itself has a specific sound, style, aesthetic, narrative, what have you.” As for side projects, Jonathon is currently “working on building a cricket farm for my home,” since they 're clearly both “delicious and sustainable.” William continues to write reviews for The Wire magazine, trading off with “other writers on a column of capsule reviews called Outer Limits… the stuff that’s too weird for the rest of the magazine to deal with.” In the meantime, you can check out clipping’s most recent EP, CLPPING on Bandcamp. Just try not to make the mistake of searching for ‘The Clippings’. “It drives me f**king crazy every time someone spells our name with an “s” — clippings. I just picture some old clueless person, ‘Oh are you going to see the clippings tonight? Have you heard this album by the Sonic Youths?’ Like it actually makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. William quips “I always joke we should introduce ourselves in those cases as Billy, Johnny and Davey Clipping — The

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